Senior Honors Students Present Research

Senior Honors Students Present Research

Eleven School of Education and Social Policy seniors

Eleven School of Education and Social Policy seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 6. All are students of Dean Penelope Peterson and teaching assistant Tracy Dobie, a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy program. Assistant Dean Susan Olson coordinated the event. Following is a description of each student's research.


Sungsub Billy Choo

Sungsub Billy Choo

Human Development and Psychological Services

The Role of Transnational Relationships and Bilingualism Among Korean University Students in Their Information and Communication Technology Use and Future Plans

Choo explored transnationalism, which social scientists define as maintaining social ties across national borders. He interviewed Northwestern students in the Korean transnational network about their bilingual ability and cultural fluency. Choo says the implications of the study include the need for more inclusiveness in higher education for transnational students.

Adviser: Eva Lam, PhD
Reader: Jinah Kim, PhD

Molly Davies

Molly Davies

Human Development and Psychological Services

Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and the Religious Experience

The findings of this study show how individuals’ personalities influence how they experience their religion and the function it plays in their lives. Davies examined how individual differences in agreeableness and conscientiousness — two of the Big Five personality traits — influence the experience of highly religious people.

Adviser: Dan P. McAdams, PhD
Reader: Lilah Shapiro, PhD

David Gorsky

David Gorsky

Social Policy

The Effects of Prekindergarten on Academic and Behavioral Development Through Eighth Grade

Inspired by the national focus on expanding prekindergarten, Gorsky uses longitudinal data to estimate its effects. He finds that attending prekindergarten is related to increased math and reading skills, decreased self-control and increases in externalizing behavioral problems at kindergarten entry, as well as increased behavior problems through eighth grade.

Adviser: Diane Schanzenbach, PhD
Reader: Terri Sabol, PhD

Carly Haeck

Carly Haeck

Human Development and Psychological Services

Increasing Body-Image Satisfaction with a Web-Based Positive Psychology Intervention

Haeck investigated a web-based positive psychology intervention (PPI) for treating eating disorders called Happify. Research comparing the use of Happify and a control program showed no significant differences in outcomes, but statistically significant increases in well-being within both conditions.

Adviser: Stephen Schueller, PhD
Reader: Emma Adam, PhD

Sharon Kao

Sharon Kao

Human Development and Psychological Services

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Using Perspective-Taking in the Asian Population

This study examines perspective-taking, the active contemplation of others’ psychological experiences, as a way to reduce stigma against mental illness, particularly in the Asian population. The study indicated that perspective-taking had no impact on attitudes towards mental illness. However, personal distress and empathic concern are predictive of stigma across races.

Advisers: Galen Bodenhausen, PhD; Joan Chiao, PhD
Reader: Alissa Chung, PhD

Nicholas Kazvini-Gore

Nicholas Kazvini-Gore

Social Policy

Acculturation of Trade and Victim Diasporas: The Case of the Iranian Diasporic Community in Hamburg, Germany

This study seeks to understand the relationship between purpose of immigration of Iranian immigrants and their acculturation into German society. It found that the trade diaspora was more likely than the victim diaspora (refugees after the Islamic Revolution) to assimilate due to high social capital, business connections, and higher respect.

Adviser: Galya Ruffer, JD, PhD
Reader:
Simone Ispa-Landa, PhD

Michelle Ki

Michelle Ki

Social Policy

Manifestations of Patriarchy in Popular Music: A Content Analysis of American and Korean Popular Songs from 2010-13

Ki’s quantitative analysis examined the ways that romantic and sexual relationships between women and men are portrayed in the lyrics of popular American and Korean songs. It found that both sets of songs reinforce the idea that men should be in control over romantic and sexual relations.

Adviser: Jinah Kim, PhD
Reader: Lilah Shapiro, PhD

Ellen McGrath

Ellen McGrath

Social Policy

Modeling Achievement: Accountability Testing and the Distribution of Student Performance

This study examines the effects of accountability testing for students at various levels of achievement. Although the analysis revealed few statistically significant results, McGrath’s models indicate that percentages of students in the “above proficient” category for mathematics increased.

Adviser: Jonathan Guryan, PhD
Reader: David Figlio, PhD

Kiley Ann Naas

Kiley Ann Naas

Social Policy

Public Perceptions of Police Interrogation Tactics

A survey of 302 Chicago-area voters found that citizens support police tactics protecting suspects’ rights and oppose physically coercive and deceptive techniques in interrogations. The data suggests that voters would support banning physically coercive and deceptive tactics and extending greater legal protections to criminal suspects.

Adviser: Heather Schoenfeld, PhD
Reader: Steven A. Drizin, JD

Josh Parish

Josh Parish

Social Policy

Medical Tourism and Malpractice Litigation: Addressing Physician and Attorney Perceptions of Issues Following Cross-Jurisdictional Care

This study explores the perceptions of U.S. attorneys and physicians regarding medical tourism (seeking health care in a foreign country) and the effects of jurisdiction and type of care on traditional conceptions of negligence, liability, and malpractice. Findings suggest that universal standards should be implemented to afford following up doctors the most substantive knowledge.

Adviser: Laura Pedraza-Fariña, PhD
Reader: Jeannette Colyvas, PhD

Morgan Wolf

Morgan Wolf

Social Policy

Perspective, Change, and Coping: Exploring the Link Between Meaning-Making and Psychosocial Health in the Caregiving Context

This study explores one factor in the caregiving experience — making meaning — to determine whether it relates to differences in caregivers’ psychological health and overall experience. Wolf finds a strong positive association between certain meaning-making behaviors and psychological health for caregivers.

Adviser: Regina Logan, PhD
Reader: Michael Murphy, MA
By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/13/14