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Normative Life Transitions: Predicting Successful Adaptation in New Mothers and Beginning College Students

Grant Winners

  • Dr. Nicola Schutte – Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Nathalie Franco – Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences


  • Norma Goonen – Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences


The aim of this investigation is to explore internal factors (emotional regulation, coping, beliefs and expectations regarding the transition) and external resources (social support, role reorganization) that promote successful adaptation across the transitions of college and parenthood. Beginning freshman students and mothers-to-be will be recruited to participate in a longitudinal study. Regression and path analysis will test the predictions regarding the role of internal and external factors in promoting adjustment across transitions. The conceptualization of the project began in December of 1999 and the data collection phase of the project would begin with the pre-transition assessment in June 2000. The study and dissemination of results to national conferences and refereed journals would be completed by the summer of 2001. The finds of this study will help us better understand the crucial factors in the successful adaptation of new mothers and beginning college students.

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