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Undergraduate and Graduate Presentations, Theses, and Dissertations

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Undergraduate Research

Graduate Research

Resiliency among secondary teachers serving at-risk populations: a phenomenological study

This phenomenological study sought to understand the experiences, perceptions, and behaviors of resilient secondary educators working with at-risk populations and contrast the lived experiences of resilient teachers with those of burned out teachers. The purpose of this study is to glean common themes and attributes of resilient teachers working in ... more

Enhancing career choices and opportunities for Saudi women

Despite many efforts made by Saudi Arabian government aimed toward providing substantial opportunities to access higher education and the workforce for Saudi women, women's unemployment remains high. The purpose of this study was to explore the internal factors such as self-concept, personal skills, and career aspirations, and external factors such ... more

Coping, meaning-making and well-being amongst immigrants of non-European descent

This study examined experiences with immigration and being immigrants in the United States for 1 mother-daughter family unit. Given the challenges of navigating acculturation, this study aimed to broaden the scope of current research to understand linked individual and family experiences of immigration with an emphasis on resiliency and meaning-making. ... more

Effects of the protective factor of religiosity and risk factor of marijuana use on psychological outcomes among racially diverse female survivors of sexual victimization

The current study examines the utilization of religiosity as a protective factor and marijuana use as a risk factor for ethnically diverse female survivors of sexual victimization against the development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Irritable Depression (ID), and sexual revictimization. A sample of ethnically diverse ... more

Accepting the call and overcoming the challenges: leadership practices of African American clergywomen

Clergy leadership is identified as an immensely challenging vocation. This study proposes that challenges African American clergywomen face are exacerbated due to the combination of their ethnicity and gender. Forces such as patriarchy and gender discrimination are explicated in this study and identified as major sources of oppression for African ... more