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Emotion Expression – November Blog Post

By • Nov 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Danny McNeil November Blog Post Emotion Expression   One of the measures I am using for my thesis is called the Emotion Expression Scale for Children (EESC; Penza-Clyve & Zeman, 2002). This measure has two subscales. The first subscale assesses reluctance to express emotions (e.g., “When I’m sad, I try not to show it”). The…
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Happy Spook Month – October Blog Post

By • Oct 6th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Halloween is a special time for parents and their children. Filled with trick or treat, costumes, and spooky situations, Halloween can be an important opportunity for parents and children to bond and discuss emotions. Jacqueline Wooley, Psychology Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has researched the emotional effects of Halloween. Wooley states that…
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What is Latent Class Analysis? September Update

By • Sep 1st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For my analyses on my thesis, I have the opportunity to use the Mplus software. Mplus is a statistical modeling tool that allows one to analyze data in various ways. One of the analyses Mplus can do is called Latent Class Analysis (LCA). LCA identifies a distinct number of latent (hidden) subgroups in data. For…
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August Update

By • Aug 9th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The start to August has been an exciting and busy month for my thesis. We have gotten so many participant interviews completed recently, and the project is looking very successful. Outside of recruiting participants and running interviews, I have been taking a deep dive into the theory of my thesis. The focal point of my…
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July Update

By • Jul 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

July has been an eventful month for my thesis. A have had two main goals. First, I have been writing my introduction, focusing on parent-emotion socialization literature. Second, I have been recruiting participants to take part in the study. I enjoy recruitment, and I get to talk to families to advance the study. But, it…
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Updates and Media: “13 Reasons Why” Applications and Thoughts

By • Jun 5th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Content Warning: Suicide, Self Harm, Gun violence. Possible spoilers in comments about 13 Reasons Why Season 1 and 2. I am back in Williamsburg working on my thesis. Lately, my goals have predominantly been conducing a literature review a recruiting participants. The project already has over 100 participants interviewed, but I am currently recruiting more…
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Positive Parenting, Teen Mental health, and Walking to Support

By • Apr 16th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My honors thesis will investigate how parental responses to youth emotional displays may serve as a protective factor for mental health concerns in later adolescence. Employing a unique longitudinal design that includes both adolescents and their parents, my research aims to understand ways in which positive parenting, particularly supporting the teenager’s expressions of sadness, may…
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