Presentation Title

Understanding how Resilience is Conceptualized by College Students at UCLA

Faculty Mentor

Dr. La'Tonya Rease-Miles, Dr. Andrea Letamendi

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 27

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

In the past few years, there has been a growing epidemic on the number of college students suffering from mental health problems such as: depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep deprivation (Reilly, 2018). The UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs decided to take a direct approach in 2018 by initiating the UCLA Resilient Task Force in order to find the best approach in teaching students about resiliency. This study is an extension of this initiative by investigating how students conceptualize resilience, formally defined as the ability to “bounce back” from hardships. Seven undergraduate upperclassmen attending UCLA (Male = 3, Female = 4, Mage = 20.7) were recruited via a widespread email to participate in a short pre-survey and an in-person interview. The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale is an instrument used to measure resilience in adults. In this study, this instrument was referenced as a guideline for writing interview questions, and developing emerging themes after the interviews were transcribed and coded through a qualitative approach. It was hypothesized that students who considered themselves resilient or knew someone they considered resilient typically did better in recovering from hardships than other students. Their conceptualization of resilience depended on their current or former experiences; demonstrated in how they considered others or themselves to be resilient. These findings will be used to develop material on how students can overcome any mental health problems that will be shared through a social media platform specifically for UCLA students.

Summary of research results to be presented

The five items with the highest frequencies were: (2) Close and secure relationships, (4) Can deal with whatever comes, (12) When things look hopeless, I don’t give up, (13) Know where to turn for help, and (22) In control of your life. College students face a variety of adversities on a daily basis such as challenges they may face in the classroom, at work, with their friends, financial struggles or family problems. Most of the interviewees depend heavily on having social connections and support, resonating with items 2 and 13. They explained how they rely their friends or sometimes their parents for advice or social/emotional support. Also, they tended to be persistent in overcoming their challenges, resonating with the themes in items 4 and 12. A common mindset for the students was to keep pushing through a situation, instead of reflecting their problems. Finally, most students felt that they had some power behind the situations they faced or on the possible outcome, resembled on item 22. They felt that could take an assertive approach towards their problems and felt determined to leave the current issue in which they were in.

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Nov 17th, 3:00 PM Nov 17th, 5:00 PM

Understanding how Resilience is Conceptualized by College Students at UCLA

CREVELING 27

In the past few years, there has been a growing epidemic on the number of college students suffering from mental health problems such as: depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep deprivation (Reilly, 2018). The UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs decided to take a direct approach in 2018 by initiating the UCLA Resilient Task Force in order to find the best approach in teaching students about resiliency. This study is an extension of this initiative by investigating how students conceptualize resilience, formally defined as the ability to “bounce back” from hardships. Seven undergraduate upperclassmen attending UCLA (Male = 3, Female = 4, Mage = 20.7) were recruited via a widespread email to participate in a short pre-survey and an in-person interview. The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale is an instrument used to measure resilience in adults. In this study, this instrument was referenced as a guideline for writing interview questions, and developing emerging themes after the interviews were transcribed and coded through a qualitative approach. It was hypothesized that students who considered themselves resilient or knew someone they considered resilient typically did better in recovering from hardships than other students. Their conceptualization of resilience depended on their current or former experiences; demonstrated in how they considered others or themselves to be resilient. These findings will be used to develop material on how students can overcome any mental health problems that will be shared through a social media platform specifically for UCLA students.