Title

High School Discrimination and College Stress and Anxiety

Presenter Information

Olivia BriceFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Gender Diversity Studies

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Esther Malm, PhD.

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

This study looks at discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race, nationality, and socioeconomic status during adolescence and how that effects stress and anxiety in college. It was hypothesized that participants that had experienced discrimination in high school based on any of these factors will have more stress and anxiety during college than those who have not experienced discrimination. Research has shown that perceived discrimination can cause poorer mental health and affect life choices such as one’s career. To measure stress and anxiety, the stress and anxiety subscales from the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) were used while the Experiences of Discrimination scale was used to measure discrimination. One hundred and thirty college aged participants took an online survey. Preliminary results show that, race and gender discrimination were the most prevalent types of experienced in high school. The grade at which majority of participants experienced most discrimination was 9th grade. The poster presentation will report correlational findings based on hypotheses and suggest future direction.

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High School Discrimination and College Stress and Anxiety

This study looks at discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race, nationality, and socioeconomic status during adolescence and how that effects stress and anxiety in college. It was hypothesized that participants that had experienced discrimination in high school based on any of these factors will have more stress and anxiety during college than those who have not experienced discrimination. Research has shown that perceived discrimination can cause poorer mental health and affect life choices such as one’s career. To measure stress and anxiety, the stress and anxiety subscales from the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) were used while the Experiences of Discrimination scale was used to measure discrimination. One hundred and thirty college aged participants took an online survey. Preliminary results show that, race and gender discrimination were the most prevalent types of experienced in high school. The grade at which majority of participants experienced most discrimination was 9th grade. The poster presentation will report correlational findings based on hypotheses and suggest future direction.