Students Present Research at ACJS
Several undergraduate and graduate students presented their research in collaboration with faculty mentors at the national Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference in Orlando, Florida March 3-7.
MASS student Justin Hoyle in collaboration with Drs. Bryan Miller and John Stogner (UNC-Charlotte) presented the paper “Exploring Predictors of Self-reported DUIs in a Young Adult Population.” This study tested competing theories to examine predictors of self-reported buzzed and drunk driving.
Working with Drs. Christina Policastro and Laura Agnich, undergraduate Criminal Justice & Criminology student Krista Latham presented, “The Effects of Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Sexual Orientation on Sexual Victimization,” which employed data from a college sample to examine predictors of alcohol- and drug-facilitated sexual victimization in dating relationships.
MASS student Shanna Felix, along with Dr. Chad Posick, presented preliminary results from their multi-method process and program study of a rural-based CASA program in their talk “Understanding the CASA Process – Addressing the Needs of Neglected and Abused Adolescents in Rural Areas.”
MASS student Kelley Hartman, working with Drs. Laura Agnich, Christina Policastro, and Laurie Gould presented “Sex Differences in the Likelihood to Endorse Bystander Intervention Strategies among a Sample of University Students.” This research found that young male students may be less likely to intervene in potential cases of sexual assault.
Working with Dr. Laurie Gould, Undergraduate Justice Studies student, Kayla Hulon presented a paper entitled,”An Examination of the Relationship Between Corporal Punishment and Risk Preferences Among University Students.” This study examined how positive and negative punishments received during childhood influences low self control during young adulthood.
Working with Dr. Laurie Gould, MASS student Jack Lightfoot presented a paper entitled, “Spatial Dimensions of Conflict: The Rise of the Islamic State.” This study examined how the increase in ungoverned or differentially governed spaces in Syria and Iraq contributed to the growth of the Islamic State.
MASS student Joseph Bacot presented preliminary findings from his thesis project entitled, “Reentry and Relapse: An Examination of the Causes and Correlates of Desistance from Crime,” at the ACJS annual meeting. His study examined how strain within the home environment and psychological strain influence delinquent behavior.
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