“Belongingness at Shuksan Middle School”
This is a collaborative project with Shuksan Middle School to examine aspects of student resilience. We have focused on one aspect of resilience, which is a sense of belongingness. Our general questions include: 1) whether students at Shuksan feel as though they belong – specifically, whether their identity and culture are accepted and valued within the school community, and 2) what kinds of experiences and aspects of self are related to feelings of belongingness and lack of belongingness.
CCCR Faculty Associates: Anna Ciao, Antonya Gonzalez, Kate McLean, Michael Warren
“The Equity Project at Whatcom Community College: Predicting Participation & Evaluating Outcomes”
As an initial collaborative project between CCCR and Whatcom Community College (WCC), CCCR members worked with to examine employee participation in a series of workshops designed to raise awareness of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion among its faculty and staff. These programs were initiated by WCC in 2017, and were designed to highlight the experiences of historically underrepresented groups and address how traditional mainstream perspectives marginalize or exclude such experiences. The Associates of the CCCR used their background and expertise within psychological theory to provide a complementary lens through which both the effectiveness of TEP and strategies for promoting staff involvement in TEP could be examined. The study included a comprehensive survey with follow-up interviews. The study concluded in Fall 2018.
CCCR faculty associates: Alex Czopp, Barbara Lehman
CCCR graduate student associates: Kayla Christiani, Kristin Haraldsson, Kendall Lawley, Emily Murphy & Rachael Waldrop
“The Cultural Nature of Storying Trauma”
Extant research shows that cultures vary in the kinds of stories that are deemed good or appropriate for members of that culture to tell. One type of experience that may have strong cultural variation in storytelling is experiences that are emotionally negative or challenging in nature. For example there are multiple studies showing strong cultural differences in the frequency of experienced and expressed emotions, the utility of such emotions, and the prevalence of emotions. Thus, In the present set of studies, we focus on the emotional experience of trauma because there is a robust theoretical framework suggesting that Americans have a clear preference for trauma to be narrated in a redemptive fashion – with negative emotions and experiences being followed by an emotionally positive ending. We test this claim in a survey-design across multiple samples of American adults.
CCCR Faculty Associates: Brianna Delker, Kate McLean
Undergraduates: Rowan Salton, Samantha Boggs
“The Influence of Gender Stereotypes on Children’s Math Learning”
Children internalize cultural messages about gender from an early age. By middle childhood, they endorse a stereotype associating math more with boys than girls. Endorsement of this stereotype shapes girls and boys’ math-related performance and interest in stereotype-consistent ways. This research project investigates how these messages about gender affect children’s learning from people presented in their curricular materials. Do their stereotypes about who is good or bad at math lead them to preferentially learn from girls or boys? Or do they learn more from people who match their social identities because they perceive the information to be more relevant to them? This study tests middle school students and teachers from the community by asking them to learn a new math strategy and complete a survey regarding gender stereotypes.
“Healthier Together: A Meta-Analysis of Community Identification and LGBTQ Health”
This project uses meta-analytic techniques to explore the relationship between personal identification with the LGBTQ community and indicators of physical health. Drawing upon previous research on minority stress, community resilience, and social identity theory, this project aims to uncover the role that participation in, or connection to, the culture of the LGBTQ community may play in health outcomes and health behaviors that are of particular relevance to LGBTQ individuals.
Key personnel: Kendal Lawley (Principal Investigator), Barbara Lehman (Thesis Advisor), Aaron Smith (Committee Member), & Jim Graham (Committee Member)
“American Affection and Ecuadorian Expression: Cultural Differences in Romantic Relationships”
This study is focused on exploring the differences in expressions of affection and relationship beliefs in both a United States and Ecuadorian sample, and how relationship beliefs may relate differently to affection preferences given differing cultures.
Key personnel: Jenni Miska (Principal Investigator), Jim Graham (Faculty chair), Jeff King (Committee Member), & Christie Scollon (Committee Member)