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Kulish wins 2017 Outstanding MA Thesis Award

We are delighted to announce that Ande Kulish is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for her research on “Differences in Acculturation-Based Family Conflict: A Latent Profile Analysis of Latino Adolescent and Mother Cultural Value Endorsement.”

This is a highly competitive, university-wide award that recognizes originality, creativity, and strong potential for external contribution to the relevant field of study.

Ande’s research is supervised by Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, Director of the CAMINOS Lab, and it is aimed at understanding the nature of conflict in Latino emerging immigrant communities. Results revealed that there are distinct profiles of Latino adolescent-mother dyads based on their patterns of cultural value endorsement: adolescents who endorsed more mainstream cultural values and traditional gender role values than their mothers reported higher acculturation-based family conflict as compared to those adolescents who had more similarities with their mothers in endorsement of cultural values. Identification of these patterns is important if we are to provide appropriate guidance and intervention for family well-being.