“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 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.
Coronavirus Related Hate Crimes: Exploring the Role of Victim Characteristics and Third-Party Cross-Cultural Variability
Coronavirus-related discrimination is a “public health crisis” (Wen, Ashton, Liu, & Ying, 2020), and incidents of harassment and microaggressions have been reported globally. This project examines cross-cultural corona virus-related discrimination in four countries, including responses directed toward victims and perpetrators.
“Public Perceptions of Stories of Interpersonal Violence: A Replication and Extension of the Cultural Preference for Stories of Trauma to be Redeemed”
The international Me Too movement has generated a surge of public story-telling about sexual assault. In the #MeToo era, ‘he said, she said’ stories of sexual violence are shared and judged in the court of public opinion, often in ways unfavorable to survivors. Public perceptions of a trauma storyteller’s credibility and likability have enormous practical implications for the extent to which survivors are heard and believed, and ultimately, gain access to support and justice. In recent Center-funded research, we found that public audiences in the United States (U.S.) like trauma storytellers and their stories more when stories have a positive, or redemptive, ending (McLean, Delker, Salton*, Dunlop, & Syed, 2020; Salton*, Boggs*, Delker, & McLean, 2019). However, we found that stories of sexual violence (versus less stigmatizing trauma like natural disaster) are still perceived as more difficult to tell and less likely to be told, and their storytellers less likeable, even when they end with redemption(Delker, Salton*, McLean, & Syed, 2020). In this study, we are testing whether the lack of audience receptivity to stories of stranger sexual violence extends to interpersonal violence (i.e., psychological violence, physical violence, sexual violence). First, are audiences less receptive to any stories of interpersonal violence relative to other types of trauma? Second, is there a difference between interpersonal violence story type (e.g., sexual, physical, psychological), such that audiences are more receptive to some types of interpersonal violence stories and others?
CCCR Faculty Associates: Brianna Delker, Kate McLean
Undergraduate Students: Hannah Wolin, Camille Fogel
“The Effect of Vertical Individualism on People’s Implicit Attitudes toward Individuals with Different Types of Disability”
In the current project, we aim to investigate (1) the role of vertical individualism in people’s attitudes toward individuals with disabilities and (2) whether people’s attitudes toward individuals with different types of disabilities (e.g. blindness, deafness, and mobility impairment) will differ at an implicit level. Our findings can provide individuals with different types of disabilities in various cultures with instructive information regarding whether they want to disclose their disabilities in their school or job applications.
Key personnel: Yichuan Yin (Principal Investigator), Kristi Lemm (Thesis Advisor)
“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: Kendall 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)