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iROC: Changing Beliefs About Birth in Young Women

Nov 05

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
DC Café

Sarah Uzelac

Changing Beliefs and Attitudes About Birth in Young Women

 

Please join us on November 5th when Sarah Uzelac, Division of Social Sciences, will present Changing Beliefs and Attitudes About Birth in Young Women.

Due to pervasive cultural influences childbirth is typically viewed by young women as a painful and frightening event. The current research investigates whether providing college-attending women access to information, education, and critical thinking skills in the area of perinatal care can significantly alter this belief system. Twenty-seven female students in attendance at a small, private, four-year liberal arts college participated in one of two studies examining the effects of a 15-week, seminar-style undergraduate college course entitled “The Biopsychology of Birth.” During this presentation, the findings of the studies will be discussed as well as interpretations of the findings.

This iROC is a preview of a presentation that Dr. Uzelac will be giving in December at the International Congress of the Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health in Berkeley, CA.

Sarah Uzelac is Associate Professor of Psychology in the MSMC Division of Social Sciences. Since joining the Mount faculty, Dr. Uzelac has been involved in several research projects including investigations into adolescent egocentrism, internet use in adolescents and young adults, and a project designed to discover patterns of homelessness for the Orange County Department of Social Services. She is also currently pursuing a project focused on the connection between education, socio-cultural beliefs about birth, and perinatal interventions.

Changing Beliefs and Attitudes About Birth in Young Women will take place in the Dominican Center on November 5th at 12:45p. Bring your lunch or pick up something at the DC Smart Market. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as an iROC speaker, please contact Dr. Doug Robinson, Assistant Professor of Biology and coordinator of the iROC program, at 845-569-3648 or douglas.robinson@msmc.edu or Barbara Petruzzelli, Director of the Library, 845-569-3601, barbara.petruzzelli@msmc.edu.

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