Congratulations to Dr. Hsing-Jung Chen who successfully defended her dissertation on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Hsing-Jung’s title is Robust protective factors that promote the positive adjustment in youths of a parent with depression. Dr. Pamela J. Kovacs chaired the dissertation with support from committee members Dr. Patrick Dattalo and Dr. Sarah Kye Price, and from the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Center for Family Research, Dr. Gene H. Brody. The study was a secondary analysis of data from a Family and Community Health Study at Dr. Brody’s Center collected from 126 families with a primary caregiver with major depression. Drawing on the resilience perspective, she specifically examined the association between several individual, family and community-level protective factors and four outcomes among the youths in the sample: emotional adjustment, behavioral adjustment, school performance and educational aspirations. Parental monitoring, defined as parents knowing where their children are and what they are doing, emerged as the most important protective factor in the youths’ adjustment, echoing previous research on this topic. She recommends further explorations of the mechanisms underlying this finding, as well as promoting parental monitoring with at-risk youth.
Hsing-Jung came to us in Fall 2005 with a BSW from Fu-Jen Catholic University and an MSW from Soochow University, both in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2008 she received a Fellowship from the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities to support her work here. Hsing-Jung is currently applying for post-doctoral positions.
Dr. Hsing-Jung Chen
Dr. Chen and dissertation chair, Dr. Pamela J. Kovacs
Fellow students Suzie Weng and Robin McKinney, Ph.D. Program Assistant Fay Wade, and Dr. Gerry Meeks who will graduate with Hsing-Jung next month, celebrate the day with Dr. Hsing-Jung Chen and her dissertation committee, Dr. Sarah Kye Price, Dr. Pamela J. Kovacs (Chair), and Dr. Patrick Dattalo.