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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
 
 
 

NCAIANMHR

PGY 01-05: Student Life Transitions


PROJECT TITLE:
NCAIANMHR PGY 01-05: Student Life Transitions

FUNDING SOURCE: 
NIMH NCAIANMHR Center Grant

DATES OF FUNDING: 
1987-1989

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): 
Spero Manson, Ph.D.

CENTER STAFF INVOLVED:
Spero Manson, Ph.D.; Norman Dinges, Ph.D.; Candace Fleming, Ph.D.; Anna Barón, Ph.D. 

 

SPECIFIC AIMS/RESEARCH GOALS:

Clarify the relationship between the coping processes employed by American Indian college students during stressful life transitions.   Although the prevalence of serious psychological dysfunction among this population is high, not all students fail to cope with their life situations or use alcohol and drugs as a means of managing emotional dysfunction.   This study attempted to differentiate those who fail to cope from those who do not.

 

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Two waves of cross-sectional data were collected from American Indian students at 6 universities.   Data was collected during the spring and fall of the 1987-88 school year using an anonymous self-report survey.

 

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants were American Indian college students attending 1 of 6 western universities during the 1987-88 academic year.   A total of 605 students participated, ranging in age from 17 to 54; the median age was 23, and the mean was 25.2. Sixty-one percent of the sample was female.

 

MEASURES:
  1. Academic expectations.
  2. Cultural/academic integration.
  3. Stressful life events.
  4. Ways of coping.
  5. Social support -- friends and family.
  6. Depression (CES-D).
  7. Anxiety.
  8. Alcohol/drug use.
  9. Social desirability.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Beals, J., Manson, S.M., Keane, E.M., & Dick, R.W. (1991).   Factorial structure of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies - Depression scale among American Indian college students.   Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 3, 623-627.

 

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