Daily Environment Observations and College Adjustment

In this line of work, our aim is to examine the environmental and social factors, such as daily stressors and perceptions of support, that shape well-being and performance for students who experience mismatching values within the home and school context. In the past, these factors have been measured using self-reported data.

One way to strengthen this approach is to use naturalistic observation via the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR), a device that samples behavioral data acoustically in participants’ daily lives. Using the EAR, we can gain a more sensitive understanding of the cultural environments of working-class students and students of color, and how this differs from majority students, by directly sampling what happens in their daily interactions (e.g., family support, stress, dis/engagement in academics) that influences their well-being and performance.