Date of Award

5-2017

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.

Department

Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

College

School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Second Advisor

Michele Traub

Third Advisor

Kimberly Schulze

Fourth Advisor

E. Justin Page

Creative Commons License

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Keywords and Subject Headings

student parents; family study room; academic outcomes; daily diaries; social validity

Abstract

Throughout the United States the number of students with dependents pursuing higher education continues to rise. It is predicted that around 25% of college students currently attending school in the United States are student parents. Comparable schools have provided student parents with a family-friendly study room on campus containing a small area for the parents to study and a different area for children to safely play. The parents are able to monitor their children through soundproof glass that separates the two areas. Once a room of this nature is constructed, it simply runs itself and does not require ongoing financial support. The aim of this project was to determine if access to a family study room at at this university will affect academic-related outcomes of student parents such as number of hours spent studying per day, self-reported stress, and quality of studying. Results show that although access to family study room did not have a large impact on out dependent variables, participants reported that it gave them a quiet, supportive studying environment free from distractions. In addition, all participants said they would be very likely to use a family study room if the university were to construct one and that it would be very beneficial for all student parents.

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