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2016 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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1. Billups, Sarah Catherine. "Successful Weight-loss as Successful Health: Weight-loss Narratives and the Social Construction of Health" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, Aug 17, 2016 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-06-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1120472_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This content analysis project explores how women create narratives of their weight-loss trajectories to make sense of how and why they chose to start losing weight, and how these narratives illustrate their embodiment of cultural ideals of health, wellness, and beauty. Analyzing the stories of non-celebrity women in lifestyle and fitness magazines such as HEALTH, SHAPE, Fitness, and Women’s Health helps illuminate how women define and discuss health and wellness. Health in the everyday, lived understanding encompasses more than the biomedical definition of bodily functioning, and is a social construction that ties bodily performance and appearance to morality, motherhood, personal responsibility, and mental and emotional health. Additionally, and a key preliminary finding of this project, weight loss often becomes a proxy for health because it marks an individual’s transition from an undesirable “unhealthy” state, which may include overweight appearance, lack of body competence, inability to participate in daily activities, or obesity-related disease, to a physical state that results in better quality of life. The findings in this project demonstrate how weight and health become culturally encoded on the body, thus affecting the lived experience because the body is the location where an individual experiences the social.

2015 - International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: 8885 words || 
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2. Theiss, Jennifer., Carpenter, Amanda. and Cox, Joy. "Relationship Characteristics That Predict Communication About Weight Loss and Efficacy to Achieve Weight Loss Goals" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21, 2015 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-06-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p985738_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Weight loss is an elusive goal for countless individuals who are overweight or obese. This study examined interpersonal and relational factors that predict individuals’ perceptions of their efficacy to achieve their weight loss goals. We conducted a longitudinal study in which individuals who were trying to lose weight (N = 120) completed online surveys about their romantic relationship and their weight loss efforts every two weeks for a period of two months. Results indicated that relational uncertainty was positively associated with topic avoidance and negatively associated with enacted talk about weight. Partner facilitation was negatively associated with topic avoidance and positively associated with enacted talk about weight, whereas partner interference was positively associated with topic avoidance about weight. Finally, enacted talk about weight was positively associated with weight loss efficacy. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for promoting relationship behaviors that support individual weight loss efforts.

2017 - American Society of Criminology Words: 151 words || 
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3. Thomas, Kyle. and Nguyen, Holly. "Status Gains versus Status Losses: Social Framing, Loss Aversion and Deviance" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2019-06-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1277115_index.html>
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Abstract: Group process theories suggest that the anticipated social consequences of behavior are a salient component in the decision to deviate. It is commonly believed that the motivation stems from the individual desire to gain status from peers (e.g., “being cooler”, “gaining respect”, “impressing friends”). Drawing on the decision making phenomenon “loss aversion”, we hypothesize that the motivational element of peers has less to do with the possibility of gaining status for group conformity, and more to do with the prospect of losing status for not conforming. We test this by randomly assigning vignettes to college students at two large universities in which the social consequences of behavior are framed as: 1) gains for conforming to the group or; 2) losses for not conforming to the group. The results speak to how individuals weight and consider the social consequences of behavior before deviating, and to the mechanisms by which peers influence behavior.

2017 - The 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 122 words || 
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4. Ozmen, Onur. "Recovery from Traumatic Loss: A Turkish Case Study of Loss from Suicide Bombing" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May 17, 2017 <Not Available>. 2019-06-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1240673_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Terrorist attacks had devastating role in psychological health of many people in Turkey in 2016. Since the phenomenon of loss resulting from suicide bombing would be a unique and relatively new concept in psychology of adaptation to loss, the focus of this study is to describe a case of loss of a loved one resulting from a suicide bombing occurred in the center of Ankara. Interviews, observations, document analysis, and metaphors are used for data collection methods. With an instrumental case study application, the case under focus is depicted in terms of its process of post-traumatic growth. Some cultural elements as well as the personal experiences in post-traumatic growth are discussed. Contributions of cultural elements observed in the case experience are described.

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