2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Health Education on Mental Resilience

Victoria Thompson* and Zara J. Shoune
Dr. Janice Clark, Faculty Mentor

Mental resilience is the ability to adapt and deal with extreme stress. During the Fall 2017 semester, an IRB-approved photovoice study was conducted to investigate how participants depicted ‘mental resilience.’ Using convenience sampling methods, participants (n=16) submitted 51 photos for the study. A constant comparison method of analysis was used to deduce a central theme focused on coping strategies observed in all the photos. A public photovoice event displayed the photos and submission during the Spring 2018 semester. All attendees (n=28) completed a pre- and post-survey designed to evaluate whether they had adopted a new positive coping strategy. Fourteen participants self-reported the adoption of a new coping behavior learned from the photovoice event. The data collected from the photovoice study and gallery event were used to develop, Build Resilience, a series of campus events designed to teach students methods to improve coping skills.  


Keywords: Mental health, Resilience, Positive Psychology, Health, Wellness, Mindfulness, Photovoice, Research

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 202-5
Location: BH 114
Time: 11:15

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