BY SHIRLEE MOORE
2012 CSUSM Student Research Competition Finalist
Research experience adds a hands-on quality to my education. It allows me to ask questions and formulate ways to answer them. My research focused on adolescents in the transitioning phase to adulthood, which is a population that has received its due attention but continues to require even more. The adolescents of today will help lead the world tomorrow and their behaviors have an ability to affect many.
About my Research
My study examined the role of parent-child relationships in the development of self-reliance in same-sex and opposite-sex parent-child dyads. A prominent quality of adulthood is the independence one experiences. Independence is composed of many qualities, but a major contributing factor is self-reliance.
Self-reliance is defined as a sense of independence and reliance on one’s own capabilities, and is usually a learned quality instilled in individuals by their parents. Self-reliance is a very important quality to embody; however, prior research has shown that women are more likely to rate themselves as more self-reliant than males. In the individualistic culture that we live in and with the increasing global business market, it is important that all adolescents are able to transition in a timely manner to self-reliant adults. Therefore, it stands that the role gender and parents play in the development of this quality is worthy of further examination.
Research like this is applicable to my generation, as we have been dubbed “slackers” and described as adolescents, who are growing up with a profound sense of entitlement and dependence on others; both of which are contrary to the self-reliance that is crucial for emerging adults.
Shirlee Moore is among the twelve finalists representing CSUSM at the 26th annual statewide Student Research Competition held at CSU Long Beach on May 4-5. Hear firsthand how her research is leading to new discoveries, positively impacting her education and propeling her toward her future aspirations.