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Author Credentials

Emily G. Hervey, Psy.D.

Abstract

While some research has been done on acculturation within the Latino population and the significance of spirituality has been included in a number of studies, there is very little research exploring the influence of these two factors in the formation of identity and relationships to others. This is particularly salient in lives of university students, as it is a time of finding their own niche in society and making decisions that shape their future. This study explores the influence of culture and spirituality on the acceptance of self and relation to others among Latino university students. The findings supported the hypothesis that intrinsic spirituality influenced acceptance of self and relations to others, while acculturation and religious community involvement did not appear to have a significant impact. The shift of relational patterns, compared to other studies. In the general Latino population, the study illustrates the importance of creating a campus environment that provides community and acceptance through crossing cultural boundaries.