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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Resiliency in Foster Youth and Perceived Social Support

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Resiliency in Foster Youth and Perceived Social Support
Presenter: Ciara Collins Co - Presenter: Preston Britner  
In this mixed methods study, we will present findings from program data collected by the UConn First Star Academy during its summer program in July of 2014. First Star brings high school foster youth from the state of Connecticut to spend one month living on campus participating in academically-oriented programming and building relationships with peers, mentors, and staff. The Positive Youth Development-Short Form and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support measures were administered pre- and post-summer program and qualitative journal questions were administered throughout the program. Journal prompts addressed topics such as identity, meaning making, support systems, coping strategies, adversities, and goals. Responses will be thematically coded by multiple researchers. The study will analyze quantitative and qualitative research individually as well as compare results between domains to arrive at an understanding that utilizes youths’ own voices. The goal of this study is to enhance data driven decision making over time in order to improve positive outcomes in at-risk foster youth.

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Ciara Collins

University of Connecticut
Ciara M. Collins, MA is a Doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Studies department at the University of Connecticut, recently completing her MA in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She received her BA in Psychology from Biola University. She provides program... Read More →


Preston Britner

Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at University of Connecticut Preston A. Britner, Ph.D. is the Philip E. Austin Endowed Chair and a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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