Managing stress in minority Francophone environments

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2017

Professor Cameron Montgomery’s research interests include stress and mental health. In June 2016, he initiated an explorative study in schools in Nova Scotia and in schools affiliated with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), the French public school board of Eastern Ontario. His research looked at the link between socio-linguistic vitality, stress and coping strategies in teenagers living in minority Francophone environments. The project was very well received by the CEPEO, which cooperated fully. The study brought to light one conclusion in particular: the greater the teens’ sense of sociolinguistic vitality, the less stress they experienced and the better their coping strategies. These results could prove useful in helping students experiencing mental health issues, and as an additional tool to those providing guidance counselling in educational settings. Moreover, by strengthening ties among Franco-Ontarians, these results will encourage these adolescents to actively participate in their community and thus reduce stress. The findings of this research will be presented and published in articles.

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