CURRENT PROJECTS

Multidimensional Inventory of Development Sex and Aggression in a Community Sample of

College Students

This study focuses on early exposure to pornography and how it impacts and interacts with other childhood experiences as well as personality characteristics to predict sexual coercion. Other exploratory aspects of the project include investigating the perceived impact of pornography use (positive and negative) in men and women and questions regarding concerning behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, intimate partner violence) that may co-occur with sexual coercion

Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Influences on Rape Myth Acceptance

Although young people today may be less likely to endorse blatant rape myths (e.g., “A woman can resist a rape if she really wants to”), endorsement of more subtle myths is more common and the impact of individual characteristics of victims and respondents in terms of gender, sexual orientation, and culture is unknown. This study is examining the endorsement of subtle and obvious rape myths when perpetrators and victims are presented with different combinations of cultural identities (gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity).

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Forensic Journals

& Culture

‚Äč‚ÄčThis project focuses on how research published in top forensic psychology journals incorporate cultural considerations. The study will replicate and extend the work of Carter & Forsyth (2007) by addressing the degree to which additional recommendations for culturally competent research are met and including other cultural groups (e.g., sexual identity in addition to racial/ethnic identity). The current study includes empirical articles published from 2010 to 2015 in the journals included in Carter & Forsyth (2007) as well as top impact factor journals based on 2016 IF ratings. This project hopes to illuminate the ways in which we have improved as a field in implementing cultural considerations in forensic research and to identify recommendations for further improvement.

 

Examining Childhood Maltreatment Rates and Psychometric Properties of the CTQ-SF in an Ethnically Diverse College Student Sample

The Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (CTQ-SF) is a reliable and valid screening measure for childhood maltreatment (Bernstein et al., 2003).  Research to date, however, is limited in the inclusion of ethnically diverse samples within studies.  This project examined the rates of self-reported childhood maltreatment and the psychometric properties of the CTQ-SF in a sample of ethnically diverse college students. Internal consistency fell into the good or acceptable range for all subscales except the Physical Neglect subscale. Additionally, confirmatory factor analysis indicated adequate model fit for the 5-factor model of the CTQ-SF when used with an ethnically diverse sample.  Asian individuals were found to report significantly higher rates of emotional abuse compared to Caucasian individuals, and both Asian and Hispanic individuals reported significantly higher rates of physical and emotional neglect compared to Caucasians. This research was presented at APLS 2017 and a manuscript is currently in preparation.

 

Victim Age-Based Subtypes of Adolescents Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses:

A Meta Analysis

This meta-analysis compares characteristics of subgroups of juveniles adjudicated for sexual offenses based on the age of their victim(s): those with child victims, peer/adult victims, or mixed victim type. There appear to be meaningful differences between adults who offend against children and those who offend against adults, but the evidence regarding the utility of this distinction among adolescents is less clear. Groups will be compared on a variety of characteristics and sources of heterogeneity among effect sizes will be explored.

Sexual Identity, Masculine Identity, & their relationship to Sex Role Attitudes & Stress

This study is testing how masculinity and attitudes towards sexuality and gender present in self-identified gay, bisexual, and heterosexual men. Project aims including testing the psychometric properties of the Machismo and Cabellerismo Scale (TMCS) as well as several measures of masculine gender norms and gender role stress when used with sexual minority men. Further, we will test how gender-neutral versions of existing items relate to the overall measure. Construct validity will be tested by examining the intercorrelations between the TMCS, the measures of masculine gender role and gender role stress, and heteronormativity. 

Incorporating Cultural Factors into Forensic Assessment

This project focuses on how forensic mental health professionals incorporate cultural considerations into their evaluations. The study will gather information regarding the practices evaluators are currently incorporating into their forensic evaluations and the challenges they currently face.  The current study includes a survey for all evaluators about the population that they assess with additional sections for risk assessment evaluators, child custody evaluators and juvenile assessment evaluators. This project hopes to identify how current practioners are incorporating the research literature on best practices for cultural competent work.

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