Journal Entry 18 – Problems in Adolescence

In class we discussed adolescent problems such as ADHD, substance use/abuse, eating disorders, and bullying. However, that is certainly not a complete list of the problems that adolescence might face. For example, we did not discuss mental illnesses like depression or anxiety at all. For this journal entry write a 150 word description of another problem (i.e., one not discussed in class) that can affect adolescents.

Journal Entry 17 – Who Are You?

For this journal entry describe the things that make you unique on 50 words or less. If you have trouble getting started imagine that you had to describe yourself for a dating website or that your roommate was describing you to some of his/her old high school friends. What would the description look like?

Are you: Nice? Mean? Tall? Short? Boring? Principled? Funny? An excellent cook? A terrible lover? A good friend? Lonely? Outgoing?

Do you: Collect stamps? Hate video games? Love to travel? Value diversity? Play poker? Have allergies? Read books daily…or never?

Extra Credit Research #4 (HPV Vaccination)

Below is an invitation to another research opportunity that I will mention in class. To earn the extra credit you must print (or take a screen shot of) the opening page of the survey and submit it to me.

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Dear Prospective Participant:

I am a doctoral candidate at The University of Alabama pursuing my Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion. I am conducting a research study called “Validation of a Theory of Planned Behavior-based Instrument to Predict Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Intentions of College Students.” I hope to find out college students’ opinions about getting the HPV vaccine. I am requesting that you share your opinions about this important issue by completing a brief online questionnaire (see link below). The questionnaire will also ask some questions about your sexual behavior and demographics.

Please note that to participate in this study you must be:

  • A student at The University of Alabama
  • Between 18 and 26 years of age
  • Who has not taken any doses (shots) of the HPV vaccine

Taking part in this study involves completing a 41-item web questionnaire that will take about 20 minutes to complete. By clicking on the link below, you will be re-directed to the questionnaire. Three screening questions will be presented at the beginning of the questionnaire to determine your eligibility to participate in the study. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-directed to the alternative activity. If you qualify for the study but do not wish to participate in it, you will be given the option to complete the alternative activity instead. The alternative activity will ask you to read a handout about hookah use and answer 16 multiple-choice, true/false, and fill in the blank questions. It will take about 20 minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey or alternative activity is Monday, 03/30/2015 by 5 PM, Central Standard Time. If you would like additional information about the study, please view the attachment (Student Recruitment PowerPoint).

Questionnaire Link:

The University of Alabama Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Questionnaire

Please rest assured that the website you will be directed (Qualtrics.com) to is completely safe and used regularly by universities for academic research. Your participation is completely voluntary. You are free not to participate or stop participating any time before you submit your answers. Please note there is no right or wrong answer to any of the questions in this survey.

Your participation in this study presents two potential benefits for you: (1) receipt of up to 5 bonus points in the course in which you were recruited to complete the questionnaire, and (2) an increase in knowledge about HPV and HPV vaccine. The results of this study will help health education researchers develop more effective programs to increase HPV vaccination intentions in college students. As a result, society could benefit from a lower prevalence of HPV infection and associated diseases. There are no physical risks or discomforts in this study. The psychological risks of participating in this study are minimal. Should you experience such discomfort, I will inform you about counseling services offered by the University of Alabama Counseling Center.

To receive extra credit for completion of the survey or the alternative activity, you must type your first and last name, along with your instructor’s name, course title, and section number on the last page of the questionnaire. However, your name will remain confidential. Your name will only be collected to ensure that you receive the incentive (bonus points). Group data may be presented or published for scientific purposes; however, the information you provide cannot be linked to you. Please note you do not have to accept the extra credit to participate in this study, in which case you do not have to provide your name.

Only the principal investigator and co-investigators will have access to the data. The data will be password protected. Please know that your responses and any information that could be used to identify you will remain strictly confidential. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this valuable research.

If you have questions about this study, please contact Hannah Priest at (910) 639-4845 or by email.  If you have questions about your rights as a research participant contact Ms. Tanta Myles (Director of Research Compliance) at (205) 348-8461 or toll-free at 1-877-820-3066.  If you have complaints or concerns about this study, file them through the UA IRB outreach website at http://osp.ua.edu/site/PRCO_Welcome.html. Also, if you participate, you are encouraged to complete the short Survey for Research Participants online at this website. This helps UA improve its protection of human research participants.

Journal Entry 15 – Spanking

In 1-2 paragraphs discuss your views on spanking. Be sure to touch on the following issues.

Is it OK for parents to spank children? Why?
Were you spanked?
Will you spank your children? Why?
When should parents spank? Lying? Disobeying?
When should parents not spank? Accidents? Out of anger? In public?
What ages can be spanked? 6 months? 6 years? 16 years?
What should parents spank with? Hand? Belt? Paddle? Switch? Bare bottom?
Who should spank? Dad? Grandma? Teacher? Neighbor? Stranger?
If there is a better alternative, should parents use it?
How is spanking different from abuse?