The focus of the the Children's Interpersonal Relationships & Coping (CIRCL) lab is on interpersonal stress that children experience, including bullying and trauma, and how they cope. This year the lab will be developing a study to better understand the process of forgiveness among children as a specific coping response to interpersonal stressors within family and peer contexts. The efficacy of a forgiveness curriculum for youth within a church context will also be examined. Specific objectives include: 1) Through weekly readings and discussions, we will cultivate an understanding of the stress and coping framework, the forgiveness process, children’s spirituality and child trauma within both developmental and clinical literature; 2) Collaborate to develop both qualitative and quantitative examination of children’s forgiveness, as well as links between victimization and trauma; and 3) Prepare presentations of these topics to the local community.
Recent Presentations Involving Lab Students
- Ethnic discrimination among Guatemalan youth. Poster presented at 2013 APA Convention, Honolulu, HI.
- A culture of injustice: Fostering spiritual and psychological well-being in Guatemalan childrenthrough seeking justice. Paper presented at 2013 CAPS Conference, Portland, OR.
- Contextualized social justice: Entering into culture to bring life to worthy children. Paper presented at 2012 Children’s Spirituality Conference.
- The Life Stress and Coping of Guatemalan Children and Adolescents. Poster presented at 2012 APA Convention, Orlando, FL.
- Bullying in Adolescence: Does Gender Make a Difference? Poster presented at the 2012 APA Convention, Orlando, FL.
- Bullying and Coping: A review and Synthesis of Recent Empirical Studies. Poster presented at the 2012 APA Convention, Orlando, FL.
- Let’s Not Overlook the Social Side of Adolescent Spirituality. Poster presented at the 2012 CAPS Conference, Washington, DC.
- Spirituality Within the Context of Peer Relations During Middle School. Poster presented at the 2011 APA Convention, Washington, DC.
- Cyberbullying: Validating a New Measure for a New Form of Aggression Among a College Sample. Poster presented at the 2011 APA Convention, Washington, DC.
- The Imperative Craft of Forgiveness: Children’s Spirituality in Peer and Family Relationships. Paper presented at the 2011 CAPS Conference, Indianapolis, IN.