Niwako Yamawaki, Department of Psychology
Evaluation of how well the academic objectives of the proposal were met
I proposed some academic objectives that students must achieve through the research project, entitled above. First, students were expected to create three 15-minutes video clips. Through this activity, they have learned about ambivalent sexism, identified examples of ambivalent sexism, learned how to run focus groups, and improved technical skills dealing with media. Second, Students must submit an IRB application for this project. Their application was successfully approved, and they have learned research processes, conducted literature reviews, improved writing and hypothesis building skills, and received training in ethical issues involving human subjects thorough this activity. They did an excellent job so that their application was approved without revision. Third, students should learn how to manage and collect data. They have learned how to collect and manage data, create and manage online surveys, mentor
peers, and use SPSS. They also have learned how to analyze data, which is the fourth object. I provided seminars for them to improve their statistical knowledge, learn how to use SPSS, clean up data, and interpret results. Finally, they were expected to present the finding at a national convention. This goal was the highlight of their experience. They all worked tirelessly to conduct the research project and aspire to present the results at a reputable conference. Fortunately, this study was successfully accepted by the APA, which is the most respectable association in the field of psychology. Through this activity, through this activity, they have learned how to apply to present at national conference, improve manuscript writing skills, present research at professional conferences, interact with other researchers outside of BYU, and build professional identity. Overall, all goals of the grant have been successfully met.
Evaluation of the mentoring environment
All of my research assistants work tirelessly because they want to pursue a graduate career in psychology and strengthen their research skills. This experience will greatly help them to be strong candidates when they apply for graduate school. I am certain that this experience has benefited them by providing them with an opportunity to contribute to a program of research, and by intensifying their determination to pursue their graduate career. In fact, they all told me that this experience has given them an even stronger drive to apply to graduate school. We all have built great mentoring relationship. I am happy to report that we all have contributed to create an excellent mentoring environment.
List of students who participated and what academic deliverables they have produced or it is anticipated they will produce
• William Glad
• Jeanette Cravens
• James Goates
• Juan Valladares
• William Lavelle
• Grace Bohnman
• Christina Riley
Description of the results/findings of the project
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of media on ambivalent sexism. Furthermore, this study will also test the mediating and moderating factors of ambivalent sexism on attitudes toward domestic violence (DV) victims and help-seeking attitudes toward mental health services. As hypothesized, participants who watched the experimental video (male chauvinistic/weak female) tended to blame the DV victim who violated traditional gender roles in comparison to participants who watched the control video (the Planet Earth). Similarly, male participants who watched the experimental video tended to show less intention to seek help in comparison to male participants who watched the control video. However, ambivalent sexism was not a mediating or moderating factor.