Risk and Resilience in College Students

Eligible participants will be chosen from the William and Mary campus as undergraduate students. Data will be collected through a series of questionnaires starting with a baseline session. The baseline questions asked should focus on family background and demographic information as well as behavioral information, beliefs, and opinions. Aspects about current and past mental health and physical health are also important to note in measuring risk over time and will also be asked in questionnaires. Follow-up studies should be conducted with the same participants. Qualitative studies will be assigned to specific participants who qualify. This includes more in depth interviews and questions about personal experiences and relationships. Other specific factors that will be measured are social support, help seeing behavior, college preparation, GPA, academic functioning and other variable aspects of the participants life that may be relevant at this time. This information will have to be analyzed using a series of models to show how the intersection of different factors affect each other. The analysis of further qualitative results should be used in conjunction with the quantitative analysis interpretation and to discuss common issues and phenomena that may be hard to quantify.

Professor Raposa’s lab on campus will be where the research will take place. Professor Raposa has recorded some data and other information related to the research already, so she has most of the additional information regarding the study. The data source will come from participants at William and Mary.

The result of this study will be the analysis of any quantitative results as well as focusing heavily on the qualitative aspect of the study. An article will be produced and published that analyzes the psychological implications of the data collected. This data should be able to relate mental health and physical health to the relationships and personal experiences of the participants and allow deeper analysis of the psychological implications and how this can be interpreted in a larger context or elaborated with more research.

This research is unique because it will focus on specific parts of early development, personal experience and relationships and their implications in future behavior and risk. By finding common factors between the participants, conclusions can be drawn between behavioral changes and psychological implications. By assessing the risk of mental and physical health issues based on personal experiences, we can draw conclusions to what negatively impacts development and leads to these issues.