Psychology and family studies recently had two faculty members attend the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Dr. Youn Mi Lee presented a paper entitled, "Human Science Majors’ Cultural Competence and Attitude Toward Elderly Immigrants." She discussed her research examining undergraduates’ awareness of and sensitivity to elderly immigrants. Her findings indicated that students with higher levels of cultural competence showed lower levels of avoidance and discrimination in their attitudes toward elderly immigrants, but also a lower level of tolerance. These results indicate a need to develop culturally competent programs to educate undergraduates in order to meet future societal demands related to such intersectional minority populations. Dr. Lee also presented a poster with colleague Dr. Joo Young Lee. Their poster entitled Effect of Economic Inequality on Marriage, addressed the role of economic inequality in the declining marriage rates in the US.
Dr. Dorothy Berglund also attended the annual conference. She participated in meetings of the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Advisory Board, which met to finalize revisions to the CFLE Code of Ethics. Dr. Berglund also presented a paper entitled Pedagogy for Teaching Professional Skills and Difficult Topics in Family Science: Preparing Family Science Students to Address Child Maltreatment. In this paper, she discussed how to best integrate child advocacy studies (CAST), which usually focuses on intervention after problems have occurred, with family life education, which focuses on prevention of problems.