Openness to the future and proactive coping strategies in young adult graduates of orphanages and their peers from birth families
On August 7, Anna Khegay, a 1st year postgraduate student of the Doctoral School of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences, made a presentation at the Laboratory's seminar "Openness to the future and proactive coping strategies among young adult graduates of orphanages and their peers from blood families."
Anna Khegay, 1st year postgraduate student of the Doctoral School of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences, psychologist-methodologist of the Children's Charity Fund "Victoria", visiting lecturer at the HSE University and Moscow Higher School of Economics and Social Sciences, member of the board of the Association of Solution-oriented Psychotherapists and Practitioners, member of the Association of Specialists for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Programs, over 15 years of experience in the charitable sector.
Anna's dissertation topic: "Openness to the future as a factor in the psychological well-being of adolescents and young adults".
Academic Supervisor – Senior Research Fellow of the Laboratory, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE University,PhD, Zolotareva Alena Anatolyevna.
The development of effective programs to support young people from vulnerable groups, including graduates of orphanages, is one of the priority tasks facing society. On the one hand, it is important that support programs form a proactive, rather than passive, dependent life position among the beneficiaries, on the other hand, it is necessary that social programs take into account the new social situation in the development of modern youth - a long youth, becoming adulthood (according to various sources, up to 27 or even up to 30 years), which means they relied on new criteria for the success of charitable programs. Such criteria can be the degree to which a person masters his psychological and social resources to overcome the difficult conditions of development. The results of our preliminary study show that young people with experience of living in an orphanage use their psychological resources in a more consolidated way than their peers from birth families. Further research can greatly contribute to the practice of designing positive social programs with proven effectiveness.