Here at Born This Way Foundation, research is the backbone of all of our work and there is no better example of that than our Born Brave Experiences Survey. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be concluding Phase III of the survey this Sunday, March 5th, and we need your help to make it as successful as possible.
We have heard from thousands of young people all over the world and with only a few days left to participate we want to ask you once more to share our study and, if you haven’t already, please lend your voice by taking the Born Brave Experience Survey.
To help illustrate why this research is so important, I wanted to share how I spent last week. On February 24th, I was able to accomplish one of my long time personal goal of mine and present at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference in San Antonio, Texas, along side our amazing research team from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
For our presentation, we drew on data from Phase II of the Born Brave Experience Survey. We were interested in the influence of parental level of education and young adults’ (ages 19 – 25) experiences with social and emotional support. The aim of this research was to understand the relationship between participants’ social-emotional outcomes (i.e. depression, anxiety, and ability to cope with stress) and their parents/caregivers educational attainment. We hypothesized that young adults whose parents attained higher levels of education would report better social-emotional outcomes.
We found that young adults, whose parents graduated from college, demonstrated increased ability to cope with stress, lower levels of anxiety, and lower levels of depression when compared to young adults whose parents graduated from high school or whose mothers did not graduate from high school.
Our results provide evidence that such young adults may need increased in social and emotional support. Furthermore, mental health professionals should consider ways to increase social-emotional supports within their communities to facilitate mental wellness and effective coping strategies in youth, young adults, and their families. Our research supports Born This Way Foundation’s on-line support and community activism that fosters kindness and bravery.
It was incredible for the opportunity to share some of the data from our second round of Born Brave Experiences Research with both practicing psychologist and aspiring psychologist from all over the country!
We would not have been able to accomplish any of this without your help and we want to thank you all for taking the time to participate in and share the survey with your networks!