Fall 2022 Newsletter | Research Highlights

Working with the Theory of Planned Behavior

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"Working with the Theory of Planned Behavior" workshop attendees

Professor Emeritus Icek Aizen delivered a keynote address and led a workshop "Working with the Theory of Planned Behavior" at the 7th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The workshop was designed to familiarize participants with the reasoned action approach represented by the theory of planned behavior (TPB). The first segment of the workshop examined use of the theory to understand and predict behavior in various domains, while the second segment dealt with the TPB as a framework for behavior change interventions. Examples were drawn from research related to traffic and transport behavior.

Parenting and child development in low- and middle-income countries

father sitting with sonAn international research team including Kirby Deater-Deckard has published a new edited book, Parenting and child development in low- and middle-income countries, in which the team summarize findings from the UNICEF Multi-Indicator Cluster Surveys of ~160,000 3-5 year olds in nationally representative samples in 51 low- and middle-income countries. Some of the topics of chapters include child growth and health, caregiving behaviors and practices, violence exposure, and physical home and neighborhood environments.

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Associations of suicide risk with emotional reactivity, dysregulation, and eating disorder treatment outcomes

woman sits in window looking at city buildingsDominic Denning (Dom), a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology division, published a recent study in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. This study elucidates the salience of emotion regulation in understanding suicide risk and attempts in high-risk clinical populations. Importantly, this study demonstrates that pretreatment suicide risk and lifetime suicide attempts are not predictive of treatment outcomes in partially hospitalized patients with eating disorders when using dialectical behavior therapy.

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From Threat to Challenge: Understanding the Impact of Historical Collective Trauma on Contemporary Intergroup Conflict

people's hands join togetherProfessor Bernhard Leidner, along with PBS alumna Mengyao Li (lecturer, Queens University Belfast), former PBS colleague Jiyoung Park (assistant professor, UT Dallas), and long-standing collaborator Gilad Hirschberger (professor, Reichman University, Israel) have recently published a high-impact theory paper in Perspectives on Psychological Science. The paper provides a new comprehensive theory of collective trauma from a social neuroscience perspective. "In the context of intergroup conflict, in the present article, we propose a novel theoretical framework to understand the long-term impact of historical trauma on contemporary intergroup relations from both victim and perpetrator perspectives," the paper states.

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