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The Research Center conducts research and shares its findings related to issues that impact women and girls. 

 

 Adolescent Girls’ College Aspirations: Precollege Expectations and Goal Setting of Adolescent Girls and Women

Adolescent Aspirations CoverAuthor: Sandra E. Graham, Ph.D.
This paper looks at key issues about the aspirations for college held by adolescent girls. It raises issues about potential and perceived barriers to girls’ aspirations, especially as girls seek to enter nontraditional fields such as STEM. Download Adolescent Girls’ College Aspirations: Precollege Expectations and Goal Setting of Adolescent Women and Girls

 Bullying: A Prevention Toolkit

Authors: Katie Krueger, B.A., Jennifer Saucerman, B.A., and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
The Research Center’s Bullying: A Prevention Toolkit‌ answers common questions about bullying; outlines action-oriented tips for parents, educators, and community members; and provides resources for learning more about the topic. Our bullying prevention research has been shared with educators, community organizations, and representatives from the business community. Download Bullying: A Prevention Toolkit

Bullying Prevention: Best Practices Documents

Bullying Best PracticesAuthor: Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
Best Practices for Parents: Bullying Prevention highlights key information for parents to address bullying behavior.
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Best Practices for Teachers: Bullying Prevention highlights key information for teachers to address bullying behavior.
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Best Practices for Community Organizations highlights key information for community organizations to address bullying behavior.
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College Age Women and Relational Aggression: Prevalence and Impact

Relational Aggression CoverAuthors: Katie S. Krueger, B.A., Meghana Rao, M.A., Jeanna Salzer, B.A., and Jennifer C. Saucerman, B.A.
Relational aggression is a type of aggression in which harm is caused through damage to one’s relationships or social status. The Research Center presents data from a study of college women on their experiences and perceptions of relational aggression, including the form that aggressive behaviors take in a college sample. Download College Age Women and Relational Aggression: Prevalence and Impact

Enhancing College Students' Mental Health: Contributions from the Perspective of Community Psychology

Kim Skerven's Mental Health PaperAuthor: Kim Skerven, MSW, Ph.D.
Enhancing College Students' Mental Health: Contributions from the Perspective of Community Psychology seeks to understand the current status of mental health in U.S. college and university students, and to use the lens of community psychology as a way of exploring viable interventions with the potential of enhancing students’ psychological well-being and, in turn, their overall success in college. Download Enhancing College Students' Mental Health: Contributions from the Perspective of Community Psychology

 Generational Diversity: Characteristics and Values of Millennials in the U.S. and Wisconsin

Generational Diversity Research Document CoverAuthors: Amanda Page, B.A., and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
The generation known nationally as Millennials, born between 1982 and 2000, is the largest generation in American history. As with all generations, Millennials have been shaped by the events and social forces they experienced as they came of age. They share some attitudes and values with people of different ages; they also have some distinguishing features that mark them, as a group, as different from generations before. The purpose of this report is to look at Wisconsin data and national data about Millennials to provide insight into the general characteristics of this generation as it begins to become politically and economically active in our society. Download Generational Diversity Summary of Findings. To receive the full version of Generational Diveristy: Characteristics and Values of Millenials in the U.S. and Wisconsin, please email the Research Center at Research.Center@alverno.edu.           


Psychological Barriers to STEM Participation for Women Over the Course of Development

STEM CoverAuthors: Jennifer Saucerman, B.A., and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
Women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), which has implications not only for individual women and their families but also for the productivity of society. This literature review examines psychological factors over the course of development that contribute to the ongoing underrepresentation of women in these fields.  It discusses how parents and educators inadvertently communicate dissuading messages to girls about their relative math and science abilities and interests, how stereotypes become internalized by both girls and boys and negatively affect performance, how beliefs about intelligence and the nature of STEM careers discourage women and girls, and how the features of STEM careers can make it difficult for successful women to persist in the field. Download Psychological Barriers to STEM Participation for Women Over the Course of Development

Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2007 Report

Status of Girls in Wisconsin Report Cover 2007Research Team: Sandra Graham, Ph.D., Chair; Megan Kemmet, B.A., Research Coordinator; Russell Brooker, Ph.D., Austin Doherty, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, M.S., Kathleen O’Brien, Ph.D., Julia Rice, J.D., Julie Ullman, Ph.D., and Christine Lidbury
This report provides a data-based profile of the lives of young women and girls in Wisconsin along key demographic, social, and economic dimensions. Scholarly and impartial, it is intended to promote discussion of issues that arise from the data. Download Status of Girls 2007 Report

Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2010 Update

Status of Girls in Wisconsin Report Cover 2010 Authors: Katie Krueger, B.A., Kaela Broemer, B.A., Meghana Rao, M.A., Kate Masley, Ph.D., and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
This document updates the Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2007 Report. Like the 2007 report, its purpose is to consolidate data focused on Wisconsin girls, ages 10 to 19, and to make the data accessible to a variety of individual stakeholders, agencies, groups, and institutions that have the needs and interests of Wisconsin girls in mind. It is our hope that the findings in this update can help initiate action, collaboration, research, and programming that will ultimately improve the quality of girls’ lives in the State of Wisconsin. Download Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2010 Update or click here to‌ Download The Status of Girls Appendices

Teen Dating Violence: A Resource and Prevention Toolkit

Authors:  Kristin Payne, Ph.D., Terri Ward, B.A., Amy (Miller) Kerznar and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
Our Teen Dating Violence: A Resource and Prevention Toolkit is modeled after the very successful Bullying: A Prevention Toolkit, which the Research Center published in November 2011. Following this model, the toolkit contains sections on frequently asked questions, current research findings, action items, and resources for parents, teachers, community members, and teens. Other topics include an examination of reporting issues related to teen dating violence, myths that may contribute to the acceptance of violence in dating relationships, and the impact of gender and culture on teen dating violence. Download Teen Dating Violence: A Resource and Prevention Toolkit

Teen Dating Violence Prevention: Best Practices Documents

‌‌TDV Best PracticesAuthors:  Kristin Payne, Ph.D., Terri Ward, B.A., Amy (Miller) Kerznar and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.
Best Practices for Communities: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention
highlights key information for the community to identify and address teen dating violence.
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Best Practices for Teens: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention highlights key information for teens to identify and address teen dating violence. Download Best Practices for Teens

Best Practices for Mental Healthcare Professionals: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention highlights key information for mental healthcare professionals to identify and address teen dating violence. Download Best Pracitces for Health Care Professionals

Best Practices for Parents: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention highlights key information for parents to identify and address teen dating violence. Download Best Practices for Parents

Best Practices for Teachers: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention highlights key information for teachers to identify and address teen dating violence. Download Best Practices for Teachers, Faculty, and Staff

The Power of the Critical Thought Process: A Critical Thinking Model to Achieve Successful Outcomes in Quantitative Learning

Critical Thinking ModelAuthor: Linda Olszewski, M.B.A.
The Power of the Critical Thought Process: A Critical Thinking Model to Achieve Successful Outcomes in Quantitative Learning is a part of our Faculty Working Papers series. Professor Linda Olszewski, M.B.A., noticed a recurring behavior of female students trying to solve a problem without having fully understood what they learned first. In response, Professor Olszweski has created a new critical thinking model that incorporates three significant stages that will address identified needs. Please contact the Research Center at Research.Center@alverno.edu for more information about this publication.