BY ALYSSA PARISETTE
2013 Symposium on Student Research,
Creative Activities and Innovation Finalist


By conducting research you open yourself up to many opportunities in your field. Not only do you strengthen your knowledge and understanding within the subject matter, you give yourself the background needed to be seen as a serious candidate when applying to graduate programs. Devoting the time and energy needed to answer your own research question clarifies your interests to not only your community, but to yourself as well. While research is not a stated requirement of the Ph.D. programs I’m pursuing, the experience is giving me the competitive edge.

About my Research
My current research focuses on the association between parenting factors when children are age three, and children’s expression of shame and guilt in a laboratory experiment at age six. This is important because expressions of shame and guilt have been linked with psychopathology in adults such as substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders, and low levels of self-esteem. We found that fathers’ marital dissatisfaction, lifetime history of depression and permissive parenting style when children were age three predicted children’s expressions of shame and guilt at age six. No associations were found between any maternal variables and children’s shame and guilt.

This research contributes to the growing literature on risk for psychopathology in young children by identifying parenting factors that contribute to shame and guilt, which may be early indicators of psychopathology. Early identification of these risk factors can promote intervention to potentially delay or prevent any negative effects of shame and guilt in children.

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Alyssa Parisette is among the 10 finalists representing CSUSM at the 27th annual statewide Student Research Competition held at Cal Poly Pomona on May 10-11. Hear firsthand how her research is leading to new discoveries, positively impacting her education and propeling her toward her future aspirations.

Graduate Studies and Research