Dr. Joan Haase conducts collaborative research with faculty in the School of Nursing, the School of Music, and the School of Medicine to discover ways to improve the resiliency and quality of life of adolescents and young adults with cancer. Dr. Haase's Adolescent Resilience Model (ARM) is used as a guide for interventions to enhance individual, family, and social protective factors in order to increase resilience and quality of life.
These social protective factors include relationships with family, friends, and health care providers, positive coping, hope and spirituality. For example, a current study applies the ARM in a music video intervention for adolescents and young adults receiving stem cell transplants for cancer.
The adolescents and young adults complete on-line surveys to measure resilience factors improved by the music intervention. By assessing levels of resilience factors over time, across developmental stages, and among different age groups, health care providers can more accurately identify effective interventions.
ARM is an excellent example of how faculty at IUPUI are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.