CHADRON – An article based on Dr. Britt Helmbrecht’s dissertation, "Predictors of Stress in First-Generation College Students," has been published by the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Helmbrecht, an assistant professor in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation program, earned her Doctor of Health Education degree from A.T. Still University in 2020.
“My research showed that increased self-esteem and emotional support-seeking strategies were related to decreased stress levels. It's important for all students to understand what stress-coping strategies work best for them and to take the time to employ those. I hope I can use and share this data to support first-generation students at CSC,” Helmbrecht said.
As a final requirement for her doctoral program, she distilled her dissertation into a 7,000-word manuscript and submitted it to a journal for consideration. She reviewed numerous journals and found the one most suitable for her topic. She submitted an abstract for the special health and wellness issue and it was accepted for review. However, the pandemic had been declared just days before she made her submission. That development and other factors turned the usual six-week review period into almost six months.
Helmbrecht said seeing her research in a professional journal is rewarding.
“I was proud to see something I worked hard on in print. It was validating that my research was considered worthy and accepted by others,” Helmbrecht said.
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