• Alaska Native females: understanding body image dissatisfaction in a culturally diverse country

      Naegele, Karaline M.; Cook, Christine; Renes, Susan; Harrison, Lynn (2013-05)
      The current study was conducted to expand literature on body image dissatisfaction (BID) in Alaska Native females. As BID has been a concern for European American females, and many minority groups in America, professionals should examine all cultural groups for the presence of BID. The research was comprised of qualitative interviewing methods. Interviews were conducted with Alaska Native female participants between the ages of 18 and 23 years, attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Research questions addressed whether or not Alaska Native females experience BID, and if so how BID develops and manifests for this population. The study found that all participants experienced BID beginning in adolescence. The development and manifestation of BID varied on an individual basis, reflecting other research findings.
    • A comprehensive review of the literature surrounding the adolescent experience of a parent's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis

      Johnson, Emily R.; Gifford, Valerie; Cook, Christine; Billings, Frederick (2016)
      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neuro-muscular disease causing progressive paralysis and eventual death of the patient. Adolescent children who have a parent with ALS or other terminal illnesses have ability to comprehend the course of the disease's processes, death and the suffering of others, which often leads to the teen experiencing existential issues including loneliness, meaninglessness, a lack of personal freedom or responsibility, and a fear of death. The following research paper provides a thorough review of the literature surrounding the effects of a parental ALS diagnosis on adolescent development, existential concerns and grief response. Suggestions for resolving existential concerns and grief are presented. The knowledge gained from the literature review was used to create a web-based resource for adolescent children of ALS patients. The application and product portions of this paper contain a thorough description of the web-based resource, the information it contains, and ways that it can be useful to adolescents and members of their support system.
    • Fostering leadership in high school female athletes through sports psychology and goal setting

      Kriegmont, Gretchen; Cook, Christine; Wilson, Hilary; Morotti, Allan (2016)
    • Meeting the bereavement needs of older adults with cognitive challenges

      Glendinning, Terry; Renes, Susan; Dahl, Heather; McMorrow, Samantha (2017-06)
      Approximately 5.5 million people in the United States are living with cognitive challenges such as Alzheimer's and other dementias. People with cognitive challenges, following the death of a loved one, often experience unacknowledged grief. This paper first describes grief as it occurs in older adults who are not cognitively challenged. This is followed by a review of literature focusing on the grief of older adults with cognitive challenges. The project looks at methods for accommodating the cognitive and communication needs of this population as they work through their grief process.