College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 11-20-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Bernadette Sanchez, PhD

Second Advisor

Kathryn Grant, PhD


This cross-sectional study examined 192 Latino adolescents in their ninth grade of high school. A resiliency theory framework was used for this study. The purpose of the study was to determine if natural mentoring relationships served a compensatory and protective role against stressors on the academic outcomes of Latino adolescents in their first year of high school. Using multiple hierarchical regression analyses, it was determined that stressors and mentoring relationship quality had main effects and interaction effects on the academic outcomes of Latino adolescents. Thus, support for the compensatory and protective model of resilience was provided in some aspects of mentoring relationship quality in relation to the academic outcomes of Latino adolescents. Findings from this study contribute to a better understanding of the promotive and risk factors of academic outcomes among Latino adolescents, particularly as to the role natural mentoring relationships can play.