Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of


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Published in Journal of Hispanic Higher Education 5 (2006), pp. 127–141; doi 10.1177/15381927052851 66 Copyright © 2006 SAGE Publications on behalf of American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. Used by permission.


Individual (e.g., depression, learning styles) and familial (e.g., social support) factors affecting the psychosocial well-being of bilingual, rural Nebraska, paraprofessional educators were examined. Of 26 participants, 15 were first and 5 were second generation Hispanic immigrants. All were currently (n = 20) or formerly (n = 6) involved in an online, distance education, bachelor’s degree program in elementary education, with English as a second language certification. Results from data analyses are presented, as are suggestions for working with unique populations.