Kelly ClougherDating Violence: The Development of a Primary Prevention Program in St. LuciaAbstract Violence is a major problem and concern in St. Lucia, an island in the Caribbean. I, along with my faculty sponsor and three other graduate students, conducted an intervention study during a summer study abroad trip to St. Lucia in May 2010. During the trip, a program called Choose Respect (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005) was implemented in three St. Lucian middle schools to address interpersonal violence and promote healthy relationships. Pretest and posttest results will be presented, along with future directions and implications for the findings.
Erica HurleyInternationalizing Counseling Psychology: Challenges and Solutions in Three ContextsAbstractOne area of recent growth in counseling psychology has been the internationalization of the field to respond to emerging global needs. Internationalizing counseling psychology is a tremendous makeover for the field, but necessary to provide a high quality standard of care to all individuals seeking help. This symposium addressed challenges faced in internationalizing counseling psychology. The presenters proposed that major systemic obstacles inhibit the internationalization of the profession, stressed that most U.S. based trainees are taught Euro-American theories of development, and highlighted challenges in the development and employment of valid research methodology in international contexts.
Emily Mastroianni and Jenny KlucarichCounseling Psychologists and University Peace Centers: Opportunities, Challenges, and Recommendations for Grant SearchingAbstractThis presentation highlights the similarities in the fields of counseling psychology and peace studies. Each field works toward preventing or eliminating violence and decreasing inequality. Furthermore, both play a role in non-violent advocacy, intervention, and education. Another important aspect that each area shares is the need to continue research and projects that support these goals, which means attaining funding in the form of grants. By learning the skills to effectively grant write and grant search, one can become successful in promoting peace related studies in campus peace centers and for academic research purposes.
Emily MastroianniBitch, Slut, & Whore: The Attempt to Reclaim Derogatory Terms for Women and Why These Terms Remain HarmfulAbstractAttitudes, and in this case sexism, can be linked to language. Many studies have shown correlations between sexist or non-inclusive language and attitudes toward women (Cronin & Jreisat, 1995; Parks & Roberton, 2004). Words like “bitch,” “slut,” and “whore” have traditionally been words used to insult and degrade women (Williams, 2008), but now they are sometimes become terms of endearment. Kleinman, Ezzell, and Frost (2009) examined how the word “bitch” has become increasingly popular among college students to use as an affectionate greeting or as a so called generic (e.g., “That test was a bitch!”) Yet, it has been argued that even using the word “bitch” under these new connotations still reinforces sexism and thus hurts women. The importance of this issue in counseling and suggestions for future research will be explored.
Lamees GalalSymbols of Womanhood: The Impact of Biographical Constructions on Understandings of Female AgencyI am very fortunate to be a recipient of the Lyell L. Bussell Memorial Scholarship! I am so thankful to be part of Teachers College and get these wonderful opportunities to present at conferences. This scholarship allowed me to attend The International Society of Educational Biography conference in San Antonio, Texas. I presented my research paper for my Women, Gender, and Education class taught by Dr. Thalia Mulvihill. My topic was the hijab as a physical representation and symbol for feminist ideologies. I was able to meet instructors from all over the country and received helpful feedback on my research!
Setlhomo Koloi-KeaikiteeDifferential Item Functioning of the SDQIIIAbstractThis paper is focused on issues relating to the use of quality items when working with any form of psychological testing. We analyzed items that are used in the self-concept scale (SDQIII). This scale has been used with many different populations in and outside the U.S. “Overcoming the Methods Effect in Assessing Cognitive Test Anxiety" is a paper to check the quality of items for an instrument that is commonly used to assess cognitive test anxiety on students.
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