Julie Martin

Julie Martin

Duke University

Duke University

Graduate Student

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Published on Jan 29, 2014

Project Update

Hey everyone!Just wanted to update you on the status of the project since it kicked off a few weeks ago. Participation was high in both Survey 1 (pre-recruitment) and Survey 2 (post-recruitment) an...

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Published on Jan 11, 2014

The Project is Underway!

Hi Everyone!The project is finally underway! Thanks to your support, one-hundred and thirty-one participants completed the pre-recruitment survey, and I expect to get even more participants for the...

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Published on Sep 24, 2013

Sorority Exposes Its Rejection of Black Candidate - New York Times

The recent exposure of sororities rejecting black candidates has been in the press lately, but it is certainly not a new phenomenon. Thousands of women are rejected from sororities each year, a...

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Published on Sep 15, 2013

The Science of Social Exclusion

Check this cool video on how exclusion affects our brain and why it hurts: http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/home/2013/9/15/the-science-of-heartbreak-video.html

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Published on Sep 09, 2013

Why Does Rejection Hurt? What Aspects of Sorority Recruitment make Rejection Especially Difficult?

As humans, we are social creatures. We have evolved to be keenly aware of our level of social acceptance and to experience distress when we are being rejected. This distress is adaptive becaus...

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Published on Aug 06, 2013

Sorority Rush in the News

Thousands of women go through sorority recruitment every year, and while the process may seem superficial, the emotions experienced (positive and negative) are real. The intensity of this experien...

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Thanks so much, Craig! I would love to get the word out there about these findings once the official report is finished. Do you have any thoughts on how best to do that?
May 06, 2014
Belonging and Well-being in the Context of Sorority Recruitment
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Hi Oscar, great question! The scale that you're referring to is the Rosenberg (1965) Trait Self-Esteem Scale. Many scales include reverse coded statements because it keeps the participant from answering all of the items with the same answer (for instance, selecting 5 on the scale for all of the items). I agree with you that it may be easier to strongly agree with "on the whole I am satisfied with myself" than strongly disagree with "at times I think I am no good at all." That may be a function of these questions' content rather than the general tendency to strongly agree more than strongly disagree. For instance, you would probably have no problem strongly disagreeing with the statement "people should never help one another." Scales often include items that range in their likelihood of eliciting and extreme response, and this helps to pick up on variability in the sample on the construct of interest. I think your observation speaks to that point very nicely :)
Sep 11, 2013
Belonging and Well-being in the Context of Sorority Recruitment
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