James Thing, Ph.D.
Title: "Sexual Identity Disclosure: Material, Social and Relational Contexts and Consequences of Coming Out as Gay in Mexican Families"
Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: This research challenges “cultural deficit” coming out scholarship which assert that Mexican society is “silent” around issues of homosexuality by focusing on how the contexts of participants’ lives affect their sexual identity familial disclosure processes. This paper employs ethnographic methods including in-depth interviews and participant observation to examine sexual identity disclosure to family among self-identified gay Mexican Men. Drawing specifically from interviews with 41 men, including 24 gay Mexican immigrant men living in Los Angeles, and 17 gay Mexican men, ten living in Mexico City and seven living in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, and participant observation activities in all three locales, the author shows how the material, social and relational contexts of participants’ lives affect their coming out processes.
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Christina Cutshaw, Ph.D
Title: Early Childhood Health and School Readiness: A Public Health Perspective
Friday, October 17, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Abstract: Researchers, practitioners and policymakers are increasingly focused on efforts to promote children's readiness to enter school as a strategy to improve academic achievement and health throughout childhood and to develop a healthy populace. This seminar will focus on early childhood and school readiness from a public health perspective and will review data from a sample of Arizona kindergarten students that examines early child health indicators and readiness for school.
Workshop Materials: Video
Katherine Masyn, Ph.D.
Title: Introduction to Discrete-time Survival Analysis with Structural Equation Modeling
Friday, November 7, 1:30pm to 5:30pm, McClelland Park RM 206
Abstract: Survival analysis refers to the general set of statistical methods developed specifically to model the timing of events. In this talk, I will focus on the integration of discrete-time survival analysis (a.k.a. event history analysis) into a latent variable modeling framework. The workshop will provide attendees with a conceptual basis for survival analysis in the discrete-time setting along with practical knowledge about basic model specification in the Mplus software. Methods for including time-invariant and time-varying predictors of event time will be discussed along with extensions to multivariate event histories such as recurring events and competing risks. Issues related to modeling unobserved heterogeneity and underlying individual frailty will be explored. The workshop will conclude with an overview of modeling extensions facilitated by conducting survival analysis in this more general framework.
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Fall Poster Session
Friday, December 5, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Thaddeus Pace, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Title: "Interventions That Target Trauma-Related Illness: Biological Mechanisms and Beyond"
Friday, January 31, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Michael Sulkowski, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Title: "Homeless youth in the borderlands: Phenomenology, risk and protective factors, and academic outcomes"
Friday, February 28, 2014, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Justin Jager, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Title: "The Changing Transition to Adulthood: Documenting and dissecting historical variation in substance use trajectories"
Friday, March 7, 2014, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
"Preview of the Society for Research on Adolescence 2014 Conference"
Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Amelia Villagomez, M.D., University of Arizona
Title: "Towards child mental wellness: parents, pills, playing and what's on our plates"
Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
FSHD Graduate Student Poster Session: Previewing NCFR
Friday, November 1, 2013, 3:30pm-5:00pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Poster and Presentation Abstracts
John Schulenberg, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Title: “Conceptual and Empirical Issues in the Study of Substance Use Across the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood: Continuity, Turning Points, and Developmental Disturbances”
Friday, February 8th, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Hobart ‘Bo’ Cleveland, Ph.D., Penn State University
Title: "Combining Intervention and Candidate Gene Research to Investigate Gene-Environment Transactions Affecting Adolescent Substance Use”
Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Laura Scaramella, Ph.D., University of New Orleans
Title: "What Matters More, What Parents Do or When They Do It? Clarifying the Mechanics of Parenting Toddlers”
Friday, March 29th, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
FSHD Graduate Student Poster Session: Previewing SRCD
Friday, April 12th, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Rick Gibbons, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Title: “Racial Discrimination and Health Behavior: Risks, Buffers, and Genetic Modification”
Friday, April 26th, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Peter Likins, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Title: "Implications of A New American Family”
Friday, October 12th, 2012, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 105
FSHD Graduate Student Poster Session: Previewing NCFR
Friday, October 26th, 2012, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park RM 402
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.Department of Psychiatry & Behavior Sciences, University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Friday, January 27, 2012, Abstract: This talk will focus on identification of autism spectrum disorders in infants and toddlers. The talk will summarize existing research and describe results from recent prospective and retrospective studies. Patterns of symptom onset, including regression, and the developmental course of first signs of ASD will be described. Red flags for early ASD will be identified and illustrated with extensive use of video. Recommended screening tools will be described and the stability and accuracy of early diagnosis discussed.
Catherine C. Ayoub, R.N., Ed.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School Faculty, Faculty, Brazelton Touchpoints Center & Family Connections Project OHS National Center for Parent, Family, Community Engagement Friday, February 24, 2012, 3:00-4:30pm, Abstract: In the last two decades we have learned a great deal about the importance of positive early environments on developmental outcomes for children living in poverty. However, we have just begun to explore the multiple programming mechanisms and mediating processes that influence acquisition of these positive developmental skills. This presentation will examine the mechanisms of Early Head Start programming on the development of self-regulatory and language skills in children at 14, 24, and 36 months of age. We found relationships between family risks, parenting-related stresses, and parent–child interactions that contribute either independently or through mediation to the child’s acquisition of self-regulatory skills even when accounting for the influence of language development. EHS programming mechanisms will be discussed in order to better understand their implications for practice. Finally, the new Office for Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework will be examined in order to illustrate ways in which research findings can guide system-wide development of programming elements that support parents in raising healthy children even in the face of adversity.
FSHD Graduate Student Poster Session: Previewing SRA Friday, March 2, 2012, 3:00-4:30pm, McClelland Park Lobby
Lela Williams, Ph.D., School of Social Work, Arizona State University Title: "The Mexican American Teen Relationships (MATR) study: Developing a Culturally Sensitive Intervention Model to Prevent Teen Dating Violence" Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:00-4:30 pm, McClelland Park, Room 207 Abstract: Adolescence represents a critical juncture in the development of violence in dating relationships. For many individuals, it is the developmental period during which youth participate in their first committed romantic relationships, and when an episode of dating violence is also first experienced. The unique manners through which micro- (individual, family, peer) and macro- (community, school, cultural) ecological systems interact, and the meaning these experiences hold for youth, is complex and calls for a mixed-method study design. Even less understood are culturally relevant risk and protective factors for teen dating violence (TDV) among Mexican American youth, a vulnerable and understudied population. This presentation will include a discussion of the overall goals of the MATR study, the identification of social and contextual risk and protective factors for TDV, and an introduction to building a high school-based intervention program for Mexican American teens. Mexican American adolescents (15-17 years) from an urban area in the Southwest participated in an online survey (N=214), a focus group (N= 13 groups, separated by 3 levels of acculturation), and a video-taped interaction task with their dating partner (N=25 couples). Protective factors for TDV perpetration and victimization included positive parent and best same-sex friend relationships; risk factors included antagonism and conflict in their dating relationships. Although research suggests that dating violence in adolescence is mutual, in this study of Mexican Americans, boys were more likely to be perpetrators and girls were more likely to be victims. The intersection of cultural values with perceptions of participating in a TDV prevention program will be discussed. Research findings, combined with input from our community partners, are coming together for the development of a culturally sensitive intervention for Mexican American populations, at a critical time in their development.
Alice Schlegel, Ph.D., Anthropology Department, Frances McClelland Institute, University of Arizona Title: "The Cultural Context of Adolescent Self-Regulation" Friday, December 2, 2011, 3:30-5:00 pm, McClelland Park, Room 207 Abstract: Self-regulation has two related aspects: the regulation of impulses and planning for the future. While self-regulation is an internal process, it responds to social settings and develops within a cultural context. Children are socialized, expliciely or implicitly, to conform to the behavioral norms of their culture. Both self-regulation and future orientation increase in adolescence, when adolescents envision their own near future as adults and modify their behavior in accordance with their goals. This talk will discuss the results of both ethnographic and cross-cultural research related to self-regulation.
Hiro Yoshikawa, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Harvard University Title: "Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children" Friday, April 29, 2011, 2:00-3:30pm, McClelland Park, Room 105, Reception to follow in MCPRK Lobby Please RSVP to Erica Ruegg by April 22nd, 2011
Russell Toomey, Graduate Student, Family Studies & Human Development Departmen Title: "Do Victims Distinguish Between Reactive and Proactive Functions of Aggression?" Friday, March 25, 2011, 2:00-3:30pm, McClelland Park, Room 402 Abstract: Victimization is the experience of receiving overt and/or relational aggression from others, both of which are believed to have unique causes, correlates, and consequences. Research has found that distinguishing proactive and reactive aggression is useful in identifying different social-cognitive and psychosocial correlates among aggressors. What remains unknown is whether it is meaningful to distinguish between the different functions of aggression as experienced by their victims. Adapting the approach of Little and colleagues (2003) to disentangle forms and functions of aggressive behavior, this study provides the first attempt at disentangling the forms and functions of victimization to examine whether these distinctions are meaningful. Participants were 609 middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. We did find a meaningful distinction between overt and relational victimization after disentangling the forms and functions of victimization. However, this correlation was large and warrants further investigation. We also found no meaningful distinction between the functions of victimization after taking into account the different forms. Implications for future research directions, such as examining multiple reporters of the constructs involved or examining group difference (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity), will be discussed.
Debbie Casper, Graduate Student, Family Studies & Human Development Department "Overt and Relational Victimization: A Meta-Analytic Review of Their Overlap and Associations with Maladjustment" Abstract: Child and adolescent victimization is associated with a range of behavioral and emotional adjustment indices across multiple domains. Despite this general statement, the distinction between overt and relational forms has raised two questions. First, to what extent are the two forms of victimization overlapping versus distinct experiences? Second, are the two forms of victimization differentially related to maladjustment? To provide answers to these questions, we performed a meta-analysis that assessed the magnitude of association between overt and relational forms of victimization, the magnitude of association between the different forms of victimization and adjustment indices (e.g., overt aggression, relational aggression, internalizing, externalizing, and prosociality), and possible moderators of these effect sizes (e.g., self-reports versus peer-reports). These findings will help clarify the value of distinguishing overt and relational forms of victimization.
Tom Clarke, Graduate Student, Family Studies & Human Development Department "School Climate and Educational Outcomes among LGBT Adolescents" Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 9:30-11:00am, Kiva Room at the Student Union Abstract: The school environment is one of the most critical developmental contexts for adolescents because it informs both academic and occupational trajectories during the early years of life (Russell & McGuire, 2008). Recently, there has been more attention focused on understanding school climate because it can directly impact the well-being of students. School climate refers to the influence that the school environment and its culture has on students (McBrien & Brandt, 1997). Although a few recent large-scale studies comparing LGBT and non-LGBT youth have helped to identify factors that differentiate the school experiences and school outcomes of these two groups (e.g., Rostosky et al., 2003; Russell, Seif, & Truong, 2001), most studies have not taken into account the unique contextual factors that may impact academics for LGBT youth.Abstract: This research project aims to address this limitation in order to deepen our understanding of the relationship between school connectedness, as a dimension of climate, and educational outcomes for LGBT youth. We use data from the Preventing School Harassment (PSH) survey, which included 2,559 middle and high school students in the state of California. The data was collected in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The analyses for this particular paper only include the students who identified as lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender (LGBT), which was a sample of 860 individuals. In the sample, the majority of the participants were in the 11th or 12th grade, while nearly one quarter of the respondents were in the 10th grade and less than 20% were in the 5th-8th grades. For gender, 34% were male and 63% were female, and nearly 3% were transgender. For ethnicity, 39% reported white, 22% reported Latino, 4% reported Black, 15% reported Asian, and 15% reported other race. Students were asked to report on their grade-point average (GPA), their sense of school connectedness (e.g., “In my school, teachers really care about the students; all the students,” 1=not at all true to 4=very much true), their academic aspirations (e.g., “I plan to go to college or some other school after high school,” 1=strongly disagree to 4=strongly agree), teacher intervention in sexual orientation harassment (e.g., “How often do you hear teachers or staff stop others from making negative comments based on sexual orientation?” 1=never to 4=often), and school bullying (i.e., “During the past 12 months, how many times on school property were you harassed or bullied because you were gay, lesbian, or bisexual, or someone thought you were?”). We hypothesized that school connectedness would predict GPA and aspirations and that these associations would be moderated by teacher intervention. The results showed that school connectedness was positively associated with GPA and aspirations. In addition, teacher intervention was positively associated with GPA, but not aspirations. However, the moderation analysis showed that the interaction of teacher intervention and school connections was associated with aspirations, but not GPA. The significant moderation illustrates that teacher intervention has a stronger impact on aspirations for students with low school.
Jay Mancini, Ph.D., Department of Family & Child Development, University of Georgia Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:00-3:30pm, McClelland Park, Room 402
Carlos Santos, Ph.D., School of Social Family Dynamics, Arizona State University Title: "Boys’ Resistance to Gender Stereotypes in Friendships: An Individual Growth Modeling Approach" Friday, January 28, 2011, 2:00pm-3:30pm, McClelland Park, Room 402 Abstract
Katherine Conger, Ph.D., Department of Human & Community Development, University of California, Davis Title: "Economic Hardship and Its Consequences Across Generations" Abstract: This talk examines economic hardship and its consequences across three generations of family members in the rural Midwest. Using prospective data gathered from parents (G1) and adolescents (G2) living in 556 families, we found that economic hardship experienced during adolescence significantly predicted economic hardship in early adulthood (age 25 - 27 years) and G2 economic hardship, in turn, was linked to developmental outcomes of their children, the third generation (G3). Continuity of economic hardship from G1 to G2 was partially mediated by five factors: peers, personality, parents, extracurricular activities, and educational attainment. The talk examines each mediator in detail. The processes observed for G1 and G2 appear to be replicating for G2 and G3. Implications for policy and future research will be discussed.
Bodil Landstad, Ph.D., Nord Trondelag University College (HINT) in Norway Friday, January 29, 2010, 3:00pm-4:30pm, McClelland Park, Room 402
Marianne Hedlund, Ph.D., Mid Sweden University Title: "The Social Impact of Disabilities Upon Indigenous Women" Friday, February 19, 2010, 3:00pm-4:30pm McClelland Park, Room 402
Todd Little, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Kansas Title: "Conceptualizing and Modeling Contextual Effects in Longitudinal Studies" Friday, April 2, 2010, 3:00pm-4:30pm McClelland Park, Room 402
A.J. Figueredo, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Arizona Title: "Intimate Partner Violence and Life History Strategy" Friday, April 9, 2010, 3:00pm-4:30pm McClelland Park, Room 402
Patricia Hawley, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Kansas Title: "Attachment and Resource Control Strategies: Possible Origins of Social Dominance and Interpersonal Power Differentials" Friday, April 23, 2010, 3:00pm-4:30pm McClelland Park, Room 402
Rebecca Nathanson, Ph.D., Departments of Education and Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Title: "Kids' Court School: Implications for Reducing Court-Related Stress" Friday, January 29, 2010, 3:00pm-4:30pm McClelland Park, Room 402