Les Brun Research Endowment Fund Pilot Program

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Les Brun, BSW '74; Photo by Ed Cunicelli

The Buffalo Center for Social Research administers a pilot funding program established through the generous financial donations of Les Brun (BSW '74).

One purpose of the Les Brun Research Endowment Fund is to provide financial support for pilot research which will subsequently strengthen future external grant proposal submissions. Each year the Buffalo Center for Social Research solicits requests for proposals. A peer-review process provides project funding recommendations.

Current Projects

The purpose of this proposed project will be to conduct a qualitative analysis of 30 transcripts from Planned Parenthood of East Tennessee’s Tennessee Abortion Stories Project, which represent rural, urban and Appalachian patient’s descriptions of their abortion seeking experiences in Tennessee. The study will be conducted using the framework approach to guide the qualitative analysis.
Children and youth who experience the challenges of homelessness and child maltreatment are at greater risk for poor educational outcomes, such as high absenteeism, grade retention, dropping out, and reduced access to postsecondary education. These negative outcomes are a reflection of the failure of multiple systems—chiefly education, child welfare, and housing and social services. This study will help to address gaps in the literature by eliciting service provider perspectives on effective collaborations for homeless, highly mobile, and child-welfare involved (HHM-CW) youth.
The proposed project will test a measure of recovery capital with a low-income urban community sample of people in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Recovery capital is a theoretical construct describing the ways in which different types of human, physical, social, and cultural capital are associated with a person’s likelihood of sustaining recovery from addiction. The Assessment of Recovery Capital (ARC) is a self-report measure that was developed and tested with a primarily middle-class sample in the United Kingdom. This study will test the ARC with an urban U.S. sample of low-income individuals in recovery, in order to compare its properties and factor structure with the original sample.