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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

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Author: 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.

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.

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Bullying Prevention: Best Practices Documents

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Download Best Practices for Community Organizations: Bullying Prevention

 

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

Kim Skerven's Mental Health Paper

Author: 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.

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

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Authors: 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.

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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               

Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2007 Report

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Research 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.

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Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2010 Update

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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.

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Teen Dating Violence: A Resource and Prevention Toolkit

Authors:  Kristin Payne, Ph.D., Terri Ward, Amy Miller and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.

Our Teen Dating Violence 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.

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Teen Dating Violence Prevention: Best Practices Documents

 

Authors:  Kristin Payne, Ph.D., Terri Ward, Amy Miller and Kris Vasquez, Ph.D.

Best Practices for Communities

Best Practices for Teens

Best Practices for Health Care Professionals

Best Practices for Parents

Best Practice for Teachers, Faculty, and Staff