The prominent literature of Latina gender studies in the social sciences promotes a stereotypical image of Latinas as submissive and dependent; the grounded-theory approach to thematic analysis allowed me to explore the detail and nuances of how Latina women themselves describe the Latina experience.
From my own analyses, I found that Latinas view the experience of being a woman in Latina culture as a complex identity beyond stereotypes.
The grounded-theory approach to qualitative data analysis is heavily directed by the primary researcher.
This element of the approach can introduce bias into the analysis.
The study participants noted that their identity changes and evolves in different situations and across the lifespan.
These findings have implications for how Latinas are viewed and treated in social-science research, setting the stage for future directions in sociocultural and clinical studies.
The research team will meet again following the second stage of independent coding to consult on the quotes that were not assigned to either the deductive theme or the inductive theme.
After the discussion of possible inductive themes, the primary researcher reviews all of the coding and arrives upon a final codebook.
Our research team identified an internal empowerment theme and an external empowerment theme.
Internal empowerment refers to the sense of a strong identity and self-confidence; external empowerment refers to the desire and self-efficacy to make a positive change in one’s own life and in the community.