Culture and Well Being Lab

Centers & clinics

Recent Activities and Publications

Conference Presentations:

Edwards, L.M., Stubbs, L., Guerrero, J., Tassara, M., & Durrah, D. (2011, August). Gender differences in religiosity and well-being outcomes among Latino/a adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. [view abstract]

Edwards, L. M., Barber, B. N., Jarrett, K., Kowalski, A. E., Mayor, R. C., Newcomb, S., Green, M. B., & Stubbs, L. (2009, August). Differences in aspects of familism across ethnically diverse college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto. [view abstract]

Edwards, L. M., Barber, B., Newcomb, S., Jarrett, K., Kowalski, A.E., Mayor, R. C., & Green, M.B. (2008, November). Success among Latina adolescents: Definitions, perceptions, and connections. Poster presented at the National Latina/o Psychology Association conference, Costa Mesa. [view abstract]

Edwards, L. M., Kowalski, A.E., Barber, B.N., Green, M.B., Jarrett, K., Mayor, R.C., & Newcomb, S. (2008, August). Coping as a buffer of racism stress in Latino/a adults?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston. [view abstract]

Edwards, L. M., Mayor, R. C., Barber, B. N., Green, M. B., Jarrett, K., Kowalski, A. E., & Newcomb, S. (2008, March). Well-Being among Latina Adolescents: Coping with Bicultural Stressors. Poster presented at the International Counseling Psychology Conference, Chicago. [view abstract]

Barber, B. N. (2007, August). Making the most of your research team/lab experience. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco. [view abstract]

Green, M. B., & McCadden, E. P. (2007, August). Positive characteristics of successful lab members. In B. N. Barber (Chair), Making the most of your research team/lab experience. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco. [view abstract]

Edwards, L. M. (2007, August). The “ideal” lab member: A faculty perspective. In B. N. Barber (Chair), Making the most of your research team/lab experience. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco. [view abstract]

Jarrett, K., & Mayor, R. C. (2007, August). Applying lab experiences and learning to professional development. In B. N. Barber (Chair), Making the most of your research team/lab experience. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.[view abstract]

Edwards, L. M., Adrians, N. E., & McCadden, E. P. (2006, October). Ethnic identity, racism- related stress and life satisfaction in Latino college students. Poster presented at the National Latina/o Psychological Association Conference, Milwaukee. [view abstract]

 

Community Outreach:

Stress Management Group at St. Joan Antida
Milwaukee, WI

Lab members developed a workshop on stress and coping, which was presented on May 19, 2009 to a group of African American and Latina adolescent girls. The workshop focused on coping with stressors related to racial/ethnic minority status and gender. Lab members facilitated large and small group discussions which provided the adolescents an opportunity to share their experiences of coping with stress. At the end of the workshop, attendees were given coping book marks to document their personal strategies and to remind them of their coping resources during times of stress.

Latina Club Workshop at St. Joan Antida High School
Milwaukee, WI

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, members of the Culture & Well-Being Lab delivered a workshop about experiences of stress and methods of coping to a group of Latina youth. Members of the Lab presented findings from a recent research study to introduce the topics of stress (including experiences of discrimination and others’ expectations of them), coping, and well-being among Latina adolescents. In small groups, the girls discussed the questions: a) What does being Latina mean to you? b) How do other people see Latinas? and c) What does being a ‘good Latina’ mean? The girls each chose one word to answer each of the three questions and then explained why they chose those words. The Latinas were particularly interested in discussing the expectations they have for themselves, their families have for them, and that society expects of them. They compared/contrasted these to the expectations they felt were placed on their male counterparts. One main area of discussion was that the girls wanted to fulfill both traditional Latina roles (e.g., being married, having children) as well as achieve educational and professional goals. The presentation inspired the young ladies to identify how others view them, stereotypes that they face, and their own personal goals. At the conclusion of the presentation, members of the lab connected the girls’ discussion points to the findings of their study and encouraged the girls to continue to think about how they cope with their stressors, how they persevere in the face of discrimination and stereotypes from others, and how they can achieve their individual goals.

Hermanas/Sistas Workshop 
Kenosha, WI

On Monday November 20, 2006, members of the Culture & Well-Being Lab traveled to Kenosha, WI to deliver a workshop about identity and strength to two groups of adolescent girls. The girls were members of Hermanas and Sistas, youth-based community organizations that promote empowerment among young Latina and African American women. As a part of the presentation, the young women were asked to describe attributes related to their identity and to create a collage that visually represented those attributes. The presentation inspired the young ladies to embrace their identities as adolescents and as young women of color. At the conclusion of the presentation, the young women created keepsake bookmarks on which they noted each others’ strengths. This activity encouraged the members of Hermanas and Sistas to focus on their personal strengths as well as the strengths of others.

An article about this community workshop appeared in Fronteras de la Noticia (a Kenosha area Newspaper) on November 28th, 2006, titled Lazos de Amistad: Una reunion de provecho (Bonds of Friendship: A Beneficial Meeting).


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