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Friday, February 15, 2013

Needed: Black College Students Participants: Please Forward!

Dear student, if you identify as a Black college student (graduate, undergraduate, law, medicine, etc.,), I am currently collecting data for my dissertation, Culturally Validating Hardiness with Black College Students:  A Mixed Methods Study. Here is more information followed by the link to the survey...



Participants Needed for Hardiness Study

Phone: (636) 734-1301   


Dear College Student, 

Race-related stress is experienced every day by members in the Black community and can negatively impact one’s mental and physical health.  However, hardiness, the willingness to pursue foreseeable challenges and a buffer to stress-related illness, may serve to be a protective factor to this type of stress. Therefore, through the lens of Race-related stress, the purpose of this explanatory mixed methods study is to culturally validate and explain hardiness, a buffer to stress-related illness, with Black college students. 

I’m asking you to take 25-30 minutes to consider your experience of hardiness as a Black college student and respond to the Personal Views Survey III-R (PVS III-R; hardiness) and Prolonged Activation and Anticipatory Race-Related Stress Scale (PARS) items, as well as three comparison measures and some demographic questions about yourself. All questions will be completed in this online survey.

You are being asked to participate because of your experience as a Black college student attending a University and the race-related stress that is experienced every day in the Black community. Your participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw from this study at any time. 

Your responses will be kept anonymous andconfidential. Only I will have access to the raw data. Any hard copies of the data will be stored in a secure file cabinet, and electronic files will be encrypted. Results will be presented in aggregated form. Your name will not be connected with your responses, and the list of participants’ names will be destroyed.  In addition, you will be asked for permission to contact you for a follow-up interview in order to complete the qualitative portion of this study.

Some of the sample interview questions include:  (a) If any, what experiences are you committed to and willingly engage in?  (b) How much control do you feel you have in choosing your experiences? (c) If at all, how do you feel you are challenged, or learning, from your experiences?  (d) If any, describe foreseeable race-related experiences as a Black college student?    

The interviews will last between 60-90 minutes long and will remain confidential.  I will be the only person conducting interviews and transcribing them in order to de-identify any identifiable information.  We will be meeting on campus in a room that I have reserved, via phone, or Skype.  I am very flexible in finding a good time that works best for you and I.

If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact me via email at or by phone at 636-734-1301. Thank you!

If you have any questions about this study, you may contact: 

Jasmine Tilghman, M.Ed. 
Doctoral Candidate
Dept. of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
University of Missouri-Columbia

Bryana French, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Dept. of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
University of Missouri-Columbia

Norman Gysbers, Ph.D
Curators Professor 
Dept. of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
University of Missouri-Columbia

Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research may be addressed to the Campus IRB via or by Phone: (573) 882-9585, 483 McReynolds, Columbia, MO 65211.


Jasmine Tilghman, M.Ed.

Doctoral Candidate | Counseling Psychology

BASICS Coordinator | Wellness Resource Center
Clinical Graduate Assistant | MU Counseling Center


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