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Part A

Part B

Name of U of A class or sport: HDFS 2433: Child Development


Instructor/Coach of class or sport: Dr. Weiyi Ma

Part C

Theses/ Dissertation One:


1. The author is Olivia Amos.
2. The name of the theses/dissertation is “Perceived Stress, Self-Compassion, and
Emotional Variance in Parents of Children with Communication Disorders: A Family
Approach to Service Delivery in Speech-Language Pathology.
3. The year of the theses/ dissertation is 2017.
4. Olivia Amos went to Illinois State University.
5. The purpose of the study is to “research the relationship between self-compassion and
parental stress within parents of children with communication disorders. Specifically, this
study with address the following five research questions: what are the levels of
perceived stress of parents with children with communication disorders? What are the
levels of self-compassion of parents with children with communication disorders? Is
there a correlation between levels of perceived stress and self-compassion? Does the
severity of a child’s communication disorder influence levels of perceived stress and self-
compassion? Does the child’s age influence levels of perceived stress and self-
compassion?”
6. “Results of the current study indicated inverse relationship existed between parental
stress and self-compassion: When stress increased, self-compassion decreased.
Oppositely, when self –compassion increased, perceived stress decreased. It was also
found that parental stress and self-compassion were related to parents’ perceived
severity of their child’s communication disorder.”
7. Without fully understanding this study the care that a child could receive and the
development that a child could make could be substantially different. Since parents and
Speech Language Pathologist have to work so closely together to improve a child’s
speech disorder, they both have to be healthy and aware of what is going on with the
child all the time. If a parent is overwhelmed with stress and isn’t having self-
compassion, then the parent will not be able to be the best version of himself/herself to
help their child. The health of the parent is just as important, so that they can help the
health of their child.
8. Since the study was on such a small sample size, I would increase my sample size. I
would reach out to not just a few clinics within the area, but I would ask to survey
parents of children with communication disorders to clinics within a reasonable mileage
from the university. Surveying adults through the special education programs in the
schools would have also been interesting data to collect. Some of these individuals
might not have had the monetary needs to provide the extra help their child, so their
stress levels could have been different. Though Olivia had a couple of males respond to
the survey, another way I would have changed my study is by trying to get responses
from both parents. I think the stresses of both genders could have been different as
well.

Theses/ Dissertation Two:


1. I have taken a class with Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert.
2. Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert wrote her dissertation in 2003.
3. The name of the dissertation is “A Comparison of Peer Education and Lecture Strategies
for Changing College Freshmen’s Perceptions about Rape.”
4. Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert went to the University of Arkansas when she published this
dissertation.
5. “In summary, regardless of the strategy used, rape awareness education needs to be
part of a comprehensive approach toward changing the college environment toward
becoming more rape-intolerant and more victim-supportive. Through comprehensive
and continuous education it is possible to change the social norm of the campus
environment. By changing the social norm, students are more likely to adopt attitudes
perceived to be the beliefs of other students.”