Title

S&T Male and Female STEM majors: Experiences with Discrimination and Adjustment

Presenter Information

Amber Julien

Department

Psychological Science

Major

Psychology

Research Advisor

Montgomery, Frances H.

Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Funding Source

Curator’s Teaching Professorship Funds

Abstract

This predictive study assessed experiences of discrimination reported by undergraduate STEM majors at S&T (with a 4:1 male to female ratio) and possible relationships with academic, social and personal adjustment as well as academic performance. Participants provided information about their sex, age, year in school, and GPA, and completed widely used measures of discrimination and adaptation to college. For females, significant relationships were found between experiences of Degradation and poorer Personal-Emotional Adjustment (r = -.55, p < .0001); and between discrimination in School/Work Settings and lower Academic Adjustment (r = -.62, p < .0001) as well as lower GPA’s (r = -.69, p < .0001). For males, experiences of discrimination in Relationships was negatively associated with poorer Social Adjustment (r = -.46, p < .001). These results found that students who thought they had been treated unfairly showed power adjustment to areas most directly related to their experiences.

Biography

Amber is a sophomore at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a Psychology major with a minor in Writing. Amber is from a military family and has grown up moving around the country. Her future career goal is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and to go to back to school for her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Amber is currently a Research Assistant for Dr. Henslee and studies college student drinking. She also researched male and female STEM majors and how they dealt with discrimination and adjustment. Amber is currently the Secretary of PsyCo, which is a club for Psychology majors and other individuals wanting to learn about Psychology and be involved on campus. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and listening to music. Amber enjoys working with people and wants to continue doing so in her future career.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social sciences poster session, First place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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S&T Male and Female STEM majors: Experiences with Discrimination and Adjustment

Upper Atrium/Hallway

This predictive study assessed experiences of discrimination reported by undergraduate STEM majors at S&T (with a 4:1 male to female ratio) and possible relationships with academic, social and personal adjustment as well as academic performance. Participants provided information about their sex, age, year in school, and GPA, and completed widely used measures of discrimination and adaptation to college. For females, significant relationships were found between experiences of Degradation and poorer Personal-Emotional Adjustment (r = -.55, p < .0001); and between discrimination in School/Work Settings and lower Academic Adjustment (r = -.62, p < .0001) as well as lower GPA’s (r = -.69, p < .0001). For males, experiences of discrimination in Relationships was negatively associated with poorer Social Adjustment (r = -.46, p < .001). These results found that students who thought they had been treated unfairly showed power adjustment to areas most directly related to their experiences.