Childhood Attachment to Comfort Objects in Relation to Sensory Reactivity (Chelsea Gilson, 2010)

Previous explanations of childhood attachment to comfort objects have unsuccessfully focused on pathology, temperament and maternal attachment.  Given that comfort objects provide soothing through tactile stimulation and that children differ in sensory processing, this study examined differences in sensory reactivity between children with and children without attachments to comfort object. Twenty-three children completed sensory tasks that measured tactile threshold, tactile preferences and sensory sensitivity.

The Influence of the Post-Divorce Coparenting Relationship on the Beliefs about and Commitment in Relationships of Female Divorced Children (Courtney Carpenter, 2010)

This study focused on a potentially protective factor that may buffer the impact of parental divorce on adult children’s commitments to intimate relationships.  Beliefs about intimate relationships were hypothesized to be influenced by adults’ perceptions of their parents’ coparenting dynamics rather than solely based on experiences with parental marital relationships, as the concept of intergenerational transmission of divorce would suggest.  Children of divorce were expected to have more pessimistic views about intimate relationships and less commitment to the

Fathers’ Responsiveness Relates to Infant Temperament and Their Relationship with Their Parents (Jacquelyn E. Nardelli, 2011)

Previous research has examined factors that predict the quality of the father-infant interaction but has not adequately addressed the importance of the infants’ temperament and the fathers’ parental bonding with his parents.  This observational study examined the relationship of these variables with the fathers’ responsiveness in the dyadic interaction.

Exploring Autism: ABA vs. Relationship Developmental Intervention & the Son Rise Program as Intervention Treatments Targeting Three Core Deficits (Rebekah Chessic, 2013)

Different treatment options have been developed to target deficiencies and abnormalities in children with autism, but literature is lacking in comparatively evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions.  The Applied Behavior Analysis approach, as was observed and enacted by the author at the New England Center for Children, places children in a school-like setting and focuses on effectively shaping their abnormal behaviors into behaviors that are more acceptable.  Relationship-based approaches such as the Relationship Developmental Model and the Son Rise Program are less c

The Relationship between Positive Character Strengths, Social Emotional Skill, and Academic Performance in Middle School Children (Ashley Januszewski, 2013)

A growing body of research in the field of positive psychology suggests that when children believe in themselves and in their abilities that they have an increased chance of academic success and a more positive well-being. Additionally, research in the field of social-emotional learning supports the notion that children social-emotional skills should be an important component of education as they heighten chances for success in school and in life.

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education: The Need for Increased Mental Health Services (Mae L¹Heureux, 2014)

Mental health is becoming an increasing concern for college-aged students and unfortunately, there is a lack of resources available to help those who are struggling. This project looks at how higher education as a whole responds to the mental health needs of students and specifically, how Assumption College reacts and accommodates its students who are suffering psychologically. The major barriers to appropriate and effective mental health treatment for college students were examined, and ways to combat them were addressed.

Katelyn Colburn

"As a research assistant, I aided in the design, conduction, analysis, and presentation of two studies in collaboration with experienced faculty. I gained practical understanding of the scientific method and contributed to the field of psychology."


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