Symposium

Of Rising Scholars

Spring 2024

Caroline will be presenting at The Symposium of Rising Scholars on Saturday, March 23rd! To attend the event and see Caroline's presentation.

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Caroline Zuba

Class of 2024Potomac, Maryland

About

Projects

  • "Gray Chameleons on the Rise: Mental Illness in the LGBTQ+ Community What biological and environmental factors influence increased rates of suicide and depression in the LGBTIQ community? (political affiliation, family life, religion, social constructs, government, school systems, social media, and physical health)" with mentor Kiara (Working project)

Project Portfolio

Gray Chameleons on the Rise: Mental Illness in the LGBTQ+ Community What biological and environmental factors influence increased rates of suicide and depression in the LGBTIQ community? (political affiliation, family life, religion, social constructs, government, school systems, social media, and physical health)

Started June 28, 2023

Abstract or project description

Language taken from Caroline's IRB proposal: Caroline is conducting a mixed methods research study to pinpoint sources of depression and anxiety in LGBTQ+ adolescence. Origins of struggle can be utilized to produce blueprints for newly tailored and specialized therapy resources for the prevention of identity crises and prejudice, build societal empathy through psychological clarity, and facilitate progress towards holistic health and wellness in LGBTQ+ teens.

This is a two part study. Part one will be a 45 minute virtual focus group with about 15 LGBTQ teens. Qualitative data will be collected from personal stories and anecdotes. Part two is a survey that will take around 20-30 minutes, asking a wide range of questions on the topics of political affiliation, family life, religion, social constructs, government, school systems, social media, and physical health in relation to one's LGBTQ+ identity and severity of mental illness.