An examination of college students' perceptions of people diagnosed with mental illness
Justine R. Ionta and Carissa D. Scherman
The objective of this study was to examine college students' perceptions of mental illness. A total of 72 participants read one of three types of vignettes (troubled person, no diagnosis, diagnosis). Participants rated their opinions of the person with mental illness described in the vignette using the Opinions of Mental Illness (OMI) questionnaire and the Level of Familiarity Report. It was determined that there is still a prevalent negative perception of mental illness. Males perceived mental illness more negatively than females (p.05). It was also found that females viewed the person described in each vignette more positively than males. Negative perceptions toward mental illness and mentally ill individuals suggest the need for educational programs to increase awareness and understanding.

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The relationship between being in a committed relationship and academic performance in college females
Tania Jimenez and Ashley Tatem
This correlational study investigated the relationship between being in a committed relationship and academic performance in college females. The study involved 60 female undergraduate participants from a small, private, Catholic women's college in northeastern New Jersey. It was hypothesized that college females who were in a supportive committed relationship would have significantly higher GPAs than students who were in unsupportive relationships. The Psychosocial Intimacy Questionnaire (PIQ, Tesch, 1985) was used to measure intimacy, specifically romantic love, supportiveness, and communication ease in a participant's committed relationship. A student's current GPA and questions regarding course failure and academic probation.

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Color hue and mood: The effect of variation of red hues on positive and negative mood states
Amy Albert
The present study investigated three gradations of red hues; "cold," "neutral," and "warm", and their effects on participants' positive and negative mood states. Volunteer participants for the study were 30 college students (15 female, 15 male) from a northeastern university. In a between-subjects design, all participants were asked to look at a "neutral" black and white photograph, focusing on the red hue of the border which surrounded the photo. They were then asked to fill out a questionnaire assessing mood states. Results showed that the male participants reported more emotional intensity to red hues than the female participants. Also, there was a significant difference in negative mood state between participants who were exposed to "cold," "neutral," and "warm" hues of red in addition to a significant difference in emotional intensity between participants who viewed the "cold," "neutral," and "warm" hues of red.

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Aggressive play: Contributing factors of parental roles on 3-6 year-old boys
Maria McCusker and Stacy Van Doren
This study assessed whether there is a correlation between parenting styles (permissive, authoritative, and authoritarian) and the level of aggressive acts and aggressive language in children's play. The participants were 31 parents and their preschool-age boys from a suburban Montessori School in Northwestern New Jersey. A parenting style survey from Active Parenting was used to assess the parent's discipline style. Following this, by the use of event sampling forms, the children of the participating parents were assessed for the level of aggression during play. The results indicated that there was no significant correlation between parenting style, level of aggressive acts and language.

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Patricia Heindel, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Dept. College of St. Elizabeth

Associate Editors:

Melanie Conti, M.A.
Psychology Department,
College of St. Elizabeth


Herman Huber, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor and Chair,
Psychology Department
College of St. Elizabeth


Mary Chayko, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor and Chair, Sociology Department,
College of St. Elizabeth