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2015 - SRCD Biennial Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
1. Ovalle, Michael., Ellison, Jenna., Sargent, Kelli., Cox, Courtney., Kouros, Chrystyna. and Garber, Judy. "Children’s Perceptions of their Family Environment: Marital Quality and Parent-child Relationship Quality as Unique Predictors" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Mar 19, 2015 <Not Available>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Individual Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The quality of the family environment during childhood is a robust predictor of increased emotional and behavioral problems, both concurrently and longitudinally (Sheeber, Hops, Alpert, Davis, & Andrews, 1997; Repetti, Taylor, & Seeman, 2002). Less research exists, however,on the development of children’s perceptions of their family environment (Asarnow, Carlson, & Guthrie, 1987; Collins & Russell, 1991). The current study extends previous work by examining which specific family relationships uniquely contribute to children’s overall perceptions of the family environment over time, including the quality of the marital, mother-child, and father-child relationships.

The first two waves from a longitudinal study on maternal depression and children’s development were used. Participants were 240 mothers and children (M age=11.86 years, SD=0.56; 54% female; 81.5% European American). Mothers were interviewed regarding their history of psychiatric disorders; 185 mothers had a history of a mood disorder (high-risk) and 55 mothers were lifetime-free of psychopathology (low-risk). At each annual assessment, children reported on family relationship quality on the Family Environment Scale (FES). At Time 1, children and mothers separately reported on mother-child conflict (Interaction Behavior Questionnaire [IBQ-mother]), children reported on maternal acceptance (Children’s Report of Parental Behavior Inventory) and father-child conflict (IBQ-father), and mothers reported on the quality of the marital relationship (Dyadic Adjustment Scale).

Descriptive statistics and inter-correlations among the study variables are presented in Table 1. A latent variable for children’s perceptions of the family environment at T1 and T2 were created using the following three subscales from the FES as indicators: cohesion, expressiveness, conflict. Higher scores reflect a more negative perception of the family environment. A latent variable representing the quality of the mother-child relationship was created using the following three indicators: child-reported maternal acceptance, and mother’s and children’s reports on the IBQ-mother scale; higher scores reflect a more positive mother-child relationship quality. Next, we tested a model in which marital relationship quality, mother-child relationship quality, and father-child conflict at T1 predicted children’s perceptions of the family environment at T2, controlling for the autoregressive effect of children’s perceptions of the family environment at T2 and maternal history of depression (risk). This model provided a good fit to the data, χ2(42)=68.248, p=.006, χ2/df=1.63, CFI=.97, RMSEA=.05 (Figure 1). The results indicated that lower quality in the mother-child relationship, but not father-child conflict, predicted children’s perceptions of a negative family environment, b=-1.97, B=-.34, p=.005. The quality of the marital relationship at T1 uniquely predicted children’s perceptions of the quality of the family environment at T2, over and above the mother-child relationship, b=.34, B=.15, p=.047; however, this relation was not in the expected direction. After testing for measurement invariance, a multi-group model did not find any significant differences in relations for boys versus girls, based on the critical ratios test of the path coefficients.

Given previous research that underscores the importance of the family environment for children’s development and adjustment, identifying specific familial relationships that predict children’s perceptions of their family environment has implications for family-based interventions aimed at improving children’s mental health outcomes.

2015 - 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society Words: 246 words || 
2. Lee, JeongMin. "Understanding Education Quality Leaving out Voices on the Ground?: Teachers’ Perceptions on Education Quality in Zambian Primary Schools" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington D.C., <Not Available>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Researchers claim the necessity of viewing education quality as a notion which is malleable according to contexts of a society and needs of its members (Sayed, 1997; Tikly & Barrett, 2011). However, in reality and particularly in developing countries, education quality is often viewed and measured by standards propagated by international agencies leaving the voices of local stakeholders unheard (Hartwig, 2013). This study examines the applicability of UNESCO’s standards of education quality in the Zambian context based on teachers’ perceptions of factors associated with quality. Adopting mixed-methods, the study discusses survey results administered with 103 teachers from 5 primary schools in Lusaka and follow-up interviews with a subgroup. Among factors suggested by UNESCO, teachers correlate supplementary instruction materials (r= .388), facilities (r= .437), teacher provision (r= .359), in-service teacher training (r= .414), principal leadership (r= .422), instruction time (r= .358), pedagogical methods(r= .51) and evaluation (r= .484) with education quality (r= .01). However, they do not correlate textbooks, parent supports and class-size with the quality. Results indicate that despite overall usefulness, UNESCO standards are inadequate to provide complete guidelines concerning what quality education really requires in Zambian primary schools attributable to some inconsistency with prominent views of teachers. UNESCO standards do not demonstrate the relative significance of each factor, while teachers value different factors to different degrees. Findings necessitate incorporating lived experiences and views shared by teachers for identifying the nature of education quality which is more contextualized to the realities of local schools in Zambia.

2015 - DSI Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
3. Damali, Uzay. and Ozkul, Ahmet. "Quality Assessment in High-Contact Services using Golder’s (2012) Integrative Quality Framework" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the DSI Annual Meeting, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington, Nov 21, 2015 Online <PDF>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: One of the key elements in a quality system (e.g.,MBQNA) is the quality assessment. However, quality assessment can be a complex issue in high-contact services. We applied Golder et al. (2012)’s framework to fully assess the quality of a high contact service: patient education programs of hospitals.

2007 - The Law and Society Association Words: 232 words || 
4. Tata, Cyrus. "The Pursuit of Quality in Pre-Sentence Reports: the Elusion and Illusion of 'Quality'" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, TBA, Berlin, Germany, Jul 24, 2007 <Not Available>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Much of research and practice literature on the quality of pre-sentence reports suggests that report writers should employ information in such a way as to so effect the art of gentle persuasion. In their attempt to influence sentencers without being seen to be directing them, report writers are forced to encode their persuasive messages under a facade of neutrality.

Drawing on direct comparisons in specific cases between the intention of report writers and the interpretation of those same reports by sentencers, this research finds that, in fact, these strategies of indirect persuasion and apparent neutrality often fail. Sentencers tend to interpret the ‘messages’ in the reports very differently from that intended by the report writers. Indeed, these different interpretations often backfire against the credibility of the report writer.

The paper suggests that this failure to communicate a persuasive message effectively cannot simply be ironed out by the application of set quality criteria (eg ‘national standards’).

Why not? More fundamental issues are at play. In their construction, reports are themselves necessarily the product of a range of competing policy and practice imperatives. Moreover, in their interpretation, reports are worked upon, mediated and regarded through multiple and contradictory lenses in the production of guilt by the criminal process. This paper examines and illustrates some of these tensions drawing on some examples of the research’s follow-through of cases from the client interview to sentencing.

2008 - International Communication Association Pages: 22 pages || Words: 11111 words || 
5. Meijer, Irene. "Crisis in Quality Television or The Changing Taste and Media Use of the "Quality Audience"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 21, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2019-12-10 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Quality is a key term in media organizations. Public broadcasters are even justified by it. Yet, viewer ratings show a declining interest in classic quality genres such as news and documentaries, and not just among the younger generation. Does the quality audience no longer exist or does quality programming no longer appeal to what could be termed the ‘quality audience’? This paper answers to the ‘crisis in quality television’ by revealing the outcome of a large-scale qualitative audience study of the changing taste and media use of 251 active, articulate, well-educated, socially involved citizens as well as media users who given their passion for and interest in media can be considered as an audience of experts.

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