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Perceptions of Early Marriage

Perception of Early Marriage and Future Educational Goals Attainment for Hmong Female Adolescents.

By Mana Vue

A Research Paper

Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Science Degree With a Major in Guidance and Counseling: K-12

Approved: 2 Semester Credits

Invstigation Advisor

The Graduate College University of WI- Stout May 2000

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The Graduate College University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI 54751

ABSTRACT

(Writer)

Vue, (Last Name)

Mana (First)

Perception of Early Marriage and Future Educational Goals for Hmong Female Adolescents. (Title) Guidance and Counseling: K-12 (Graduate Major) Judy Rommel (Research Advisor) 65 May/2000 (Month/Year) (No. of Pages)

American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual (Name of Style Manual Used in this Study)

The main purpose of this study is to examine the correlational study on perception of early marriage and future educational goals for Hmong female adolescents. The participants were a convenience sample consisting of 40 respondents drawn from St. Paul, MN, Eau Claire and Menomonie, WI. The respondents range from age 14 to 19 years old. A fifty-two item questionnaire regarding perception of early marriage and future educational goals that includes demographic questions, opinion type questions regarding early marriage and future educational goals using a Likert Scale response, and rankings. A significant difference was found when there is a positive perception of early marriage and lower educational goals for the respondents. This research also found that even though respondents' parents may not be educated the respondents still have high educational goals. No significant difference was found for educational goals for married and single female

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respondents. The study also further show that married respondents without children will have higher educational goals when compare to married respondents with children. Included in the research paper are counseling implications and future research recommendations.

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Acknowledgements I want to express my appreciation to my thesis advisor Dr. Judy Rommel for all her Lor patience, time, and dedication for directing me through this research study. I want to thank Tou for his support and patience throughout my graduate program. For my children Sadie and Kenji, you both are my motivation and dedication to succeed in whatever I do. Lastly, I want to thank the many families and friends who supported me, all of your guidance and words of wisdom has made a difference in my life.

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Table of Contents

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Ab stract.................................................................................................. Acknowledgements ..................................................................... Table of Contents ............................................................ ........................... 5 List of Tables ........................................................................... ................ 6 7 Chapter I: Introduction ............................................................ ............. .... 9 Statement of Problem............................................................ Chapter II:Review of Literature ...................................................................... 10 Definition of Early Marriage ......................................................... 10 Issues and Differences Related to Early Marriages ............................... 10 Factors Related to Early Marriage in the Hmong Population and 2... Other Ethnic Groups ............................................................. 16 Early Marriage and its Effect on Education ........................................ 20 Chapter III: Methodology...
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