21st Century Athenas: Aligning Achievement and Well-Being
A study of stress and well-being in adolescent girls
Despite the broad recognition that today’s adolescent girls are achieving unprecedented levels of success while experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, no current empirical research exists on the factors that exacerbate and ameliorate stress in girls.
Given this substantial gap in the research literature, the 21st Century Athenas Study aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of stress and well-being in adolescent girls. The results of this study will illuminate how relational health and achievement values affect social-emotional outcomes for girls. Further, study results will provide parents and teachers with strategies to help minimize stress and promote well-being in the lives of adolescent girls.
The study sample was comprised of girls who were in the 6th, 8th, and 10th grades during the 2010-2011 school year at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. This same cohort of girls was surveyed for four consecutive semesters; as a result, data have been collected for every semester from the spring of the sixth grade year through the fall of the twelfth grade year. Data were also collected from the participant’s parents and teachers.
Data on the students’, parents’, and teachers’ perspectives on a variety of relevant topics related to stress and well-being were collected over the course of the two-year study. Survey data were collected from students, parents, and teachers for four consecutive semesters beginning in the Spring of 2011. In addition, in-depth interviews were conducted with a sub-set of students, parents, and teachers once in the Spring of 2011 and again in the Spring of 2012.
Belle Liang, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator is Associate Professor of Counseling, and Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
Renée Spencer, Ed.D., LICSW
Co-Investigator is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work.
Complete results of the 21st Century Athenas Study will be presented at CRG’s 2013 Symposium at Laurel School, October 24-27.
The results of research studies sponsored by CRG
have been presented at the following academic conferences:
- Nam, J. S., Dhokai, G., Spencer, R., Liang, B., & Greenberg, E. (March, 2012) Performing well, feeling bad: A qualitative examination of high-performing adolescent girls' experiences of stress and coping. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
- Fiorelli, J. & Russ, S. (2011, August) Pretend Play, Coping, and
Subjective Well-Being in Children: A Follow-up Study. Poster presented at
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
- Fiorelli, J. & Russ, S. (2011, March) Assessment of Pretend Play:
Londitudinal prediction of Coping and Well-Being. Poster presented at Society
for Personality Assessment, Boston.
- Dillon, J. & Russ, S. ( 2011, March) Validation of the Affect in Play
Scale (APS) and Affect in Play Scale, Brief Rating Version (APS-BR). Poster
presented at Society for Personality Assessment, Boston.
- Dillon, J. & Russ, ( 2010, August) Relationships among play, creativity,
and emotion regulation: A developmental perspective. Poster presented at
American Psychological Association, San Diego.
- Dillon, J. & Russ, S. (2010, March) Enhancing the construct validity of
the Affect in Play Scale, Brief Rating (APS-BR): Pretend play and creativity,
emotion regulation, and executive functioning. Paper presented at Society for
Personality Assessment, San Jose.
- Duax, J.M., Feeny, N.C., Damour, L.K., Goodman, L. (2009, April). Correlates of internalizing symptoms and self-esteem in middle school
girls. Poster presented at the Biennial Society for Research in
Child Development Conference, Denver.