STI rates are on the rise, especially among college-aged adults. Historically, there has been little research concerning LGBTQ+ couples and their communication and education regarding sexual health. To better understand this perspective, the current study utilized both self-report and observational data from five non-heterosexual couples (N=10; Mage=21.90 years, SD=2.92; 60% female; 100% White). Results showed that, on average, participants talked about sexual health related topics for 9.335 out of ten possible minutes. Afterwards, participants reported feeling comfortable discussing these topics (M=5.48, SD=0.73 on a scale from 1-6). A common theme that emerged was the lack of sexual health education for LGBTQ+ individuals. This was supported by the finding that individuals reported their main sources of education were friends (N=6), and the internet (N=5). Future research should continue to examine sexual health communication within non-heterosexual couples. Such research can help contribute to education catering to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
A question that I have for people in the African American Community is; Why is it that many friendships seem to excel but when it comes to relationship status the connection between African American men and women is hard to come by? For hundreds of years we have seen the effect of Modern-day slavery to the people in the African American Community and this is one. Most African Americans have been stuck in a mindset that we should never and will never be connected as one mentally, emotionally and physically through love in society. In this paper I will argue that Most African American men and women are great friends, but they are not the best in relationships because the healing process was not taken place within this culture; which have led most men and women of the African American Community into The Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder (PTSD).
The reason behind this presentation, was to unravel the possibilities in why relationships are not seeming to work out in the African American/ Black Community. The purpose was to raise awareness to get the people thinking of the why's and how's, but to also break the cycle. This has been going on since slavery and it is not because the black family wanted to its because this is what the slave master wanted to happen in the black family. As being a woman of color my goal to see more marriages and less broken homes for more generations to come.
Assessing the Associations Between Friendship Length, Friendship Quality, and Comfort Level Discussing Sexual Health
Sexual health communication has been linked to sexual health practices. Such research on communication typically studies parent-child relationships. Therefore, this study sought to test whether friendship length and friendship quality are correlated with comfort level talking about sex among same-gender and cross-gender friends. We surveyed 187 young-adults (Mage=20.10, SD=1.34; 49.2% female; 75% White). Results indicated that there is a significant positive relationship between quality of friendship and comfort level (r(184)=.39, p<.001). However, there wasn’t a significant relationship between length of friendship and comfort level (r(184)=.101, p=.169). When looking at the results in cross-gender friends, women showed a significant positive correlation between friendship quality and comfort level (r(19)=.512, p=.018), while men did not (r(19)=.150, p=.528). These results indicate that there may be a difference in comfort when discussing sexual health topics across genders.
Carolanne M.L. Clark and Safiya K. Tonico
This poster will report the results of a program evaluation for a new pilot online resource. The Study Place Project Online (TSP2 Online) is a personalized and confidential resource that aims to help students achieve their academic goals. The resource includes study tips, study locations, advice from professors, and a virtual study session. Students in psychology classes completed a brief online survey including a series of questions about the visuals and content of the pilot online resource. Final data collection and analyses will not be complete until early spring 2020, but preliminary findings suggest that TSP2 Online will be a valuable and effective academic resource.
With the current climate of the #MeToo movement on Twitter, more and more individuals are speaking out about their experiences with sexual harassment. Given the male dominant culture of college athletics, there is a need now more than ever to examine how sexual harassment is occurring within collegiate athletic organizations. This study focuses specifically on contrapower sexual harassment, a type of harassment that occurs when a superior in an organizational hierarchy experiences sexual harassment by a subordinate. An online qualitative survey was sent out via email in a nationwide population study involving all NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA college athletic leagues. The survey was designed to reveal the nature of the sexual harassment, who were the most likely perpetrators, which individuals were most likely to experience the harassment, and how these situations would later impact career and life choices as well as overall mental health.
Assessing the Differences Between Same-Gender and Cross-Gender Friendships in Sexual Health Communication
Researchers have long studied the connection between sexual health practices and sexual health communication. While current research has examined communication between same-gender friends, it is lacking between cross-gender friends. To test whether differences exist between same-gender and cross-gender friends in their frequency of communication and comfort discussing sexual health, 187 college-aged participants (Mage=20.10, SD=1.34; 49.2% female; 75% White) self-reported their experiences using a Qualtrics survey. Results from independent samples t-tests revealed that same-gender friends reported more frequent discussion of both non-sex-related issues (M=2.53, SD=.51) and sex-related issues (M=1.20, SD=.73) than cross-gender friends (M=2.30, SD=.50; M=.95, SD=.70 respectively), tnonsex(185)=-2.54, p=.012; tsex(185)=-1.98, p=.049. However, no significant differences were observed in the comfort levels between same-gender friends (M=5.46, SD=.54) and cross-gender friends (M=5.37, SD=.62) when discussing sexual health topics, t(178)=.871, p=.385. These findings illustrate the importance of understanding friendships in order to effectively promote sexual health behaviors among college populations.
Ragin Hewitt, Morgan Mrozek, and Danielle Silverman
In this presentation, we are to present our EDU315 Mock Teaching Project designed by a group of teacher candidates for an elementary school classroom (4th grade) of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Using TPACK as the theoretical framework, we designed an integrated lesson of Social Studies and ELA. Using reliable and age-appropriate resources we guided 4th graders to explore/research southeastern Asian countries and traditions. The main components of our lesson rested on our technological content knowledge and our technological pedagogical knowledge. These specific areas of knowledge enabled us to determine what technology tools are the most appropriate for our lesson and how these tools can meaningfully be integrated into our lesson to achieve the intended goals of our lesson. We used a series of technology tools such as iMovie and StoryJumper for 4th graders to engage in the content and learn to revamp said content creatively in different digital forms.
This study focused on the application of a unique technology designed originally to supply biofeedback to dancers, but in this case was used to assist a child learning to walk while battling the effects of Cerebral Palsy. The music shoes, called “Electroskip”, utilize a biofeedback system that generates different sounds/beats/songs when an individual is walking and placing pressure on their heel or toe. The study lasted six weeks with 2 sessions per week. While the Electroskip technology was worn for each session, it was only activated every other session. Data indicated that at the end of the study the child was able to walk better based on a comparison of pre and post study scores from the Test of Gross Motor Development II (TGMD-II) evaluation instrument administered by the director of the SIMs Laboratory on campus.
The terrestrial planarian, Bipalium adventitium, is an invasive predator on earthworms. Despite having a wide range in the United States, neither its population densities, country of origin, nor ecological impacts are known. A factor contributing to this limited knowledge is the lack of an effective sampling technique for determining planarian abundance. Although scientists have begun to study the ecological impacts of some planarians using selected field techniques, there has not been a study analyzing the effectiveness of multiple techniques. My study investigates the effectiveness of five sampling techniques commonly used on organisms of similar microhabitats to B. adventitium: select point sampling, mustard applications, hand-sorting leaf litter, cover objects, and pitfall traps. The five techniques are being applied in three different types of terrain to assess any impact terrain may have. My study also begins analyzing the spread of B. adventitium across the United States, taking into consideration factors that may limit the spread of this species. These data can be used to project where the home range of B. adventitium may be. My results will help further studies into the abundance of non-native terrestrial planarians and their possibly detrimental impacts on ecosystems.
The Southern Pine Bark Beetle is a pest that is native to the south eastern United States. Historically the population has been held to southern parts of the nation due to the harsher cold weather in the north. During the last twenty years there has been an increase in average annual temperatures on the east coast. This has allowed the species to move northward and afflict unprotected softwoods at a high rate. The objective of this project was to observe the movement of the Southern Pine Bark Beetles between 2012 and a population estimate for 2027 made by the USDA Forest Service. I was able to graph this potential movement using the ArcMaps software as well as determine spots that are likely to be heavily effected.
Iron deficiency is known to affect many female athletes, but there is a lack of research on its prevalence amongst cheerleaders. Iron deficiency is known to cause fatigue, which is likely to impair an athlete’s performance. Hence, the purpose of this study was to provide insight into the iron levels of cheerleaders that could guide both athletes and coaches, creating positive dietary changes. It may be necessary to increase awareness of this condition amongst female athletes, as it is preventable. The online tool, MyDietAnalysis, was used to examine each participant’s actual nutrient intake relative to their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), based upon a 7-day food recall. The results showed that SUNY Cortland cheerleaders are consuming significantly lower levels of iron than females that are not high-intensity athletes (control group). In addition, the results revealed a significantly lower caloric intake amongst the cheerleaders compared to the control group.
Understanding Adolescent Friendships: An Analysis of the Role of Social Perspective-Taking in Friendship Dissolutions
Joseph W. Stewart
Friendships are critical relationships in adolescence, however, many friendships dissolve. One construct that may play a role in how adolescents experience such dissolutions is social perspective-taking (SPT). To test this hypothesis, 354 middle-schoolers (Mage=11.89, SD=0.86; 53% female; 82% white) completed a self-report, online survey regarding a dissolution experience. Results from an independent samples t-test revealed that females (M=2.45, SD=0.70) displayed higher SPT than males (M=2.09, SD=0.73), t(270)=-4.13, p<0.001. A correlational analysis confirmed our hypothesis that adolescents who showed greater SPT would report higher quality friendships, r(271)=0.593, p<0.001. Contrary to our hypothesis, adolescents who displayed higher SPT were more likely to react with anger (r(257)=0.16, p<0.001), sadness (r(252)=0.31, p=0.01), loneliness (r(253)=0.28, p<0.001), and rumination (r(252)=0.23, p<0.001), and less likely to feel happy (r(259)=-0.29, p<0.001) and relieved (r(255)=-0.26, p<0.001) following a dissolution. These results aid in the understanding of social perspective-taking and its meaning in adolescent relationships and social development.
'It's my responsibility': Perspectives on Environmental Justice and Education for Sustainability among international school students in Singapore
For those of us who are the next generation to come into adulthood during an ever worsening climate crisis, it’s important to ask ourselves, “How do we as the future generation lead for a sustainable future?” This study examines how international high school students studying in Singapore prioritize environmental decision-making both in their individual lives as well as public policy advocacy. From surveys of international students, and a smaller subset of open-ended interviews, our data gives insight into their views on climate change, environmental issues, and public activism as well as what themes in their environmental education may be inadequately addressed. This study analyzes how students think their formal education curriculum as well as outside media sources empower them to acquire knowledge, skills and values needed to promote sustainable development.
This study hopes to conclude with proposals for informing how to evaluate current environmental education programs for efficacy and inclusion.
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