Presentation Type

Poster

Faculty Mentor’s Full Name

Jacqueline Brown

Faculty Mentor’s Department

Psychology

Abstract

Resilience is a pivotal attribute for young children to possess during their developmental journey. Research has examined the importance of resilience and how its presence can increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for youth. One key factor that has been shown to increase resilience is connection with a supportive and caring adult. The Kaleidoscope Connect Program is one of the few resilience programs that targets this specific factor and investigates how it affects functioning for at-risk youth. The goal of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Kaleidoscope Connect program with sixth, seventh, and eight grade students in Western Montana, to determine whether students display significant increases in resilience and significant decreases in problem behavior following the implementation of the program. For the current study, we will use and build upon data from self-report rating scales from the 2016-2017 school year, and add data from the preliminary data from the 2017-2018 school year. These rating scales include the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (RSCA) and the BASC-3 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-3 BESS). In addition, we will also provide effective school-based strategies to increase resilience in youth. The long-term goal of the research program is to collect extensive data throughout the course of the upcoming school years, as well as examine longitudinal data. Research targeting resilience is especially significant in Montana, due to its rural composition and its consistent rank as a state with high rates of youth suicide. The current project will help school-based professionals identify problems and intervene early, to ensure that at-risk youth obtain necessary adult support.

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Apr 27th, 3:00 PM Apr 27th, 4:00 PM

Fostering Resilience in Middle School Students

UC South Ballroom

Resilience is a pivotal attribute for young children to possess during their developmental journey. Research has examined the importance of resilience and how its presence can increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for youth. One key factor that has been shown to increase resilience is connection with a supportive and caring adult. The Kaleidoscope Connect Program is one of the few resilience programs that targets this specific factor and investigates how it affects functioning for at-risk youth. The goal of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Kaleidoscope Connect program with sixth, seventh, and eight grade students in Western Montana, to determine whether students display significant increases in resilience and significant decreases in problem behavior following the implementation of the program. For the current study, we will use and build upon data from self-report rating scales from the 2016-2017 school year, and add data from the preliminary data from the 2017-2018 school year. These rating scales include the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (RSCA) and the BASC-3 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-3 BESS). In addition, we will also provide effective school-based strategies to increase resilience in youth. The long-term goal of the research program is to collect extensive data throughout the course of the upcoming school years, as well as examine longitudinal data. Research targeting resilience is especially significant in Montana, due to its rural composition and its consistent rank as a state with high rates of youth suicide. The current project will help school-based professionals identify problems and intervene early, to ensure that at-risk youth obtain necessary adult support.