Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Dr. Carey Ryan


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships of parental support to resilience and vigilance in LGBTQ and straight, cisgender adults as the majority of research has examined these relationships in LGBTQ and straight, cisgender children and teens. It was hypothesized that greater parental support would be correlated with higher resilience and lower vigilance. Also, it was hypothesized that the relationships would be stronger for LGBTQ participants than for straight, cisgender participants. Participants who were recruited via Prolific Academic completed an online questionnaire that included measures of maternal and paternal support, resilience, and vigilance. Results indicated that participants who reported higher levels of maternal support also exhibited greater resilience, although this relationship was weak. Maternal and paternal support were unrelated to vigilance. Contrary to my hypothesis, parental support was not related to greater resilience and vigilance among LGBTQ participants than straight, cisgender participants. Indeed, simple effects tests indicated that maternal support was related to greater resilience among straight, cisgender adults, but not among LGBTQ adults.