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    Ko, Shin Ruu (Indiana State University, 2014-12)
    This study investigated the online experiences of 10 adolescents with Asperger's Disorder (AD). This study was exploratory in nature and employed a qualitative approach. Three research questions guided this study: (a) What are the positive and negative online experiences of youth with ASD?, (b) What are the perceptions of online interactions in comparison to offline interactions held by youth with ASD?, and (c) What experiences with social connectedness and cyberbullying do youth with ASD have as a result of Internet usage? Four themes and 14 subthemes emerged during the process of analyzing the data: (a) Benefits of Internet Usage (Social, Emotional, Educational, and Interests); (b) Bringing People Closer (Reducing the Miles in Between, Accessibility to People, and Easier Communication); (c) Negative Social Interactions (Negativity, Trolling, and Cyberbullying); (d) Combating Negative Social Interactions (Prevention, Avoid/Ignore/Leave, Support of Peers, Seek Help from Adults/Authority Figures). Results from this study suggest that youth with ASD generally have positive experiences on the Internet. These positive experiences translate into many benefits that impact the development of youth with ASD. When faced with social experiences online, participants demonstrated how perceptive and resourceful they can be in finding ways to solve their problems. These findings demonstrate the potential for youth with ASD to learn, grow, and overcome various ASD symptomologies through online interactions and activities.

    Green, Mark S. (Indiana State University, 2014-08)
    Fragmentation in the field of psychology has persisted throughout its history (Slife, 2000). One example of this fragmentation is the gap between researchers and clinicians (Teachman, Drabick, Hershenberg, Vivian, & Wolfe 2012). Although many attempts have been made to bridge this gap, there is still no consensus regarding its resolution. This dissertation provides an explanation for the gap at the philosophical level and provides a method for communicating across potentially incommensurable philosophies, based on Gadamer’s (1960/1989) hermeneutic opus: Truth and Method.

    Alsman, Cathy Jean (Indiana State University, 2014-08)
    This study examined whether the use of variables—age, sex, remediation, and financial aid— could be used to predict persistence to graduation in a community college sample. The study also asked if these same variables could be used to predict number of semesters completed in this sample. Archival data were gathered from a community college with multiple campuses and a single state-wide accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Logistic regression, ordinary least squares regression, and Pearson r correlation were used to analyze data. Results suggested overall model significance in the logistic regression with the variables of age and remediation identified as significant predictors of persistence to graduation. The ordinary least squares regression was not significant, but the individual variable of age was significant, albeit at a level that provided no practical application. Correlational analyses revealed a significant positive relationship between age and remediation and a significant positive relationship between financial aid and remediation. Discussion centered on how these findings could be used to design interventions to increase student persistence to graduation in community colleges.

    Hodorek, Sylwia P. (Indiana State University, 2013-12)
    The experience of living with a chronic illness such as HIV/AIDS is complex. The longevity of people living with HIV/AIDS is increasing and changing the medical and mental health care provision for these individuals. A qualitative approach was used to explore the lived experiences of long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS along three factors: (a) uncertainties, (b) stigma, and (c) coping. The research was guided by the constructivist paradigm and biopsychosocial approach. The methodology utilized was the constructivist grounded theory approach, which emphasizes simultaneous data collection and analysis. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 participants who have been living with HIV/AIDS for a minimum of 10 years and who, at the time of the interview, were living in south Florida. The data were analyzed using open coding, focused coding, and theoretical coding. In addition, the constant comparative method was utilized throughout the data analysis process. The findings revealed that living as a long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS entails existing within an ongoing process of acceptance and living with this chronic illness. Such a process is often challenging and entails a constant reconstruction of goals, identity, and relationships. However, the process is facilitated by four interacting values of autonomy, belonging, resiliency, and hope that helped each person continue to accept and live with HIV/AIDS. Those who are able to continue to manage this process are able to live constructive, long lives with this chronic illness.
  • Unemployment and Marital Quality in Single- and Two-Earner Marriages

    Bland, Andrew M. (2014-03-18)
    A need was recognized for a broad-based quantitative study on the impact of unemployment upon marital relationship quality in light of recent societal changes and the current economic climate. Recently, researchers have suggested that unemployment is less severe in partnerships that reflect progressive shifts in values and expectations within marital relationships. It was worth exploring whether this claim generalized across a broader sample of contemporary marriages, including those that uphold more traditional values. An ex post facto correlational design was used to assess how unemployment impacts marital quality in single breadwinner vs. dual-earner couples in the current economy. Participants were recruited nationwide to complete an online questionnaire consisting of a demographic questionnaire and two measures of marital quality, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Revised Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale. A canonical correlation analysis was utilized to assess the degree to which participants’ beliefs about marital roles, levels of education, duration of marriage, duration of unemployment, and frequency of unemployment affected marital quality when a spouse loses work. The canonical correlation model was not significant. The results of follow-up repeated measures ANOVAs suggested that most participants were under-satisfied with their marriages at present; however, faith in and commitment to the relationship (as evidenced by a high degree of satisfaction with how the relationship developed since it began) seemed to sustain marriages despite short-term obstacles. In addition, Pearson product moment correlations suggested that generational and socioeconomic differences may have impacted the model.
  • Factors Influencing Family Medicine Residents’ Screening for Intimate Partner Violence

    Bruder, Melissa (2014-03-18)
    Intimate partner violence among adolescents is a serious and widespread problem. It is apparent that victims of intimate partner violence experience physical and psychological consequences. These adverse health effects can result in adolescents seeking care from healthcare professionals. However, intimate partner violence victims do not always receive the care and response they need. Because adolescents are reporting that not all healthcare professionals are screening for intimate partner violence, one must come to understand the factors that are hindering this occurrence. Although previous research has provided a foundation for understanding factors that influence intimate partner violence screening, researchers have not specifically examined factors related to family medicine residents’ screening adolescent patients. The present study examined responses from 118 family medicine residents across the United States. Data were collected through an online survey and were analyzed using a multiple regression, a repeated measures ANOVA, and a one-way ANOVA. The multiple regression analysis revealed that together, year in residency, previous identification of victims of intimate partner violence, and self-efficacy significantly predicted intimate partner violence screening among adolescent patients. The repeated measures ANOVA had a statistically significant interaction effect for patient’s gender and presenting medical concern on screening adolescent patients for intimate partner violence. The one-way ANOVA revealed that the frequency of family medicine residents’ screening adolescent patients for intimate partner violence did not significantly differ among the regional locations of residency programs in the United States.
  • A speech and hearing drill book

    Grider, Virgil Louis (2013-04-26)
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  • The problem of extra-curricular activities in a modern high school

    Brill, Goldie Vivian (2013-04-23)
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  • An analysis of techniques involved in addition of two one-figure numbers

    Kreager, Robert Norman (2013-04-09)
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  • A study of failure in senior high school

    Lang, Dorothy R. (2013-04-04)
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  • A study in the facilitation of pupil adjustment

    Jenkins, Nelle N. (2013-03-05)
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