Wydick Research Interview Videos

Wydick Research Video Interviews
The Impact of Developing Children's Aspirations and View of Themselves

What is it about Compassion’s program that leads to these findings?

"We ask what happens during this program. A lot of it seemed to be in the development of the children's self-esteem and helping to shape the views of their own self-efficacy, which just means their own view of their own capabilities and their own potential, and helping to shape their aspirations and life goals.

"Sometimes in psychology and economics we talk about things about being reference points. They’re focal points that when people think about their own lives they think of certain goals or things that they ought to be achieving in life, and often for impoverished people these are very low because the look around themselves and they see people only finishing primary school or people as they become adults only working in agriculture - which is fine, but you would hope that people would be able to develop a broader array of aspirations that would fully make use of the gifts that they’ve been given to server other."

"We looked at the Compassion programming and saw that this is a really key aspect of it."

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The Importance of Investing Directly in Children

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains how investing directly in children helps them develop aspirations, healthy self-esteem and spiritual awareness.

Why Secondary Education is Important

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that secondary school is important to develop technical literacy and to train future country leaders.

What Does this Research Mean for Possible Sponsors?

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that the impact of giving is often overlooked but is very important. This research shows that Compassion International is having a positive impact on the lives of children in poverty.

Response to the Research

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that sharing the research has prompted more individuals to sponsor children.

The Effect of Sponsorship on Unsponsored Siblings

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that there is a strong possibility of a spillover effect on younger siblings of sponsored children. The siblings are more likely to graduate from high school.

Getting the Research Published

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains the difficulty of getting his research published in the "Journal of Political Economy."

The Participants

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains how they collected data on over 10,000 people for the research.

The Findings of the Self-Esteem Study

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that Compassion children are happier and more hopeful than unsponored children.

Compassion Sponsorship: The Great Equalizer

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that Compassion sponsorship helps disadvantaged children reach levels that their peers are achieving.

Why is it So Hard to Compare Other Sponsorship Organizations to Compassion?

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains why it's difficult to compare other child sponsorship organizations to Compassion's unique holistic child development through sponsorship approach.

Why Do a Study on Child Sponsorship?

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that the money going into child sponsorship every year is comparable to what the U.S. government is spending on development aid, but the effectiveness of child sponsorship hadn't been studied.

What Kinds of Jobs Do Former Compassion Sponsored Children Get?

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains what kind of jobs former Compassion sponsored children obtain.

The Most Beneficial Part of Compassion's Program According to Former Sponsored Children

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains how students answered the question, "What was the most beneficial part of being in Compassion's program?"

Former Compassion Sponsored Children Are More Likely to Be Leaders

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that former Compassion sponsored children are more likely to be community and/or church leaders than their non-sponsored peers.

Impacts on Future Employment

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that former Compassion sponsored children are more likely to hold salaried jobs or white-collar employment as adults than their non-sponsored peers.

Educational Impacts of Compassion Sponsorship

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that former Compassion sponsored children are more likely to finish secondary and university education than their non-sponsored peers.

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