Carney and Hazler named winners of national research award

March 06, 2012

JoLynn Carney and Richard Hazler, faculty members in Penn State's Counselor Education program, were named winners of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Research Award. They will receive their award at the ACA National Conference on March 24.

Their study was titled “The Relations Between Bullying Exposures in Middle Childhood, Anxiety, and Adrenocortical Activity,” published in April 2010 in the Journal of School Violence (vol. 9, no. 2). Co-authors are Insoo Oh (Ewha Womans University), Leah C. Hibel (Purdue University), and Douglas A. Granger (Johns Hopkins University).

The study was designed to integrate one specific biological process into the research on bullying by focusing on how levels of exposure to bullying could be related to anxiety and adrenocortical activity. The researchers explored the pathways through which exposures to bullying during middle childhood might be related to individual differences in a stress reaction of the body via Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA axis) activity. A normal school context was used in order to evaluate group reactions in a naturalistic environment. The findings raise the possibility that bullying-related alterations in children’s HPA axis activity may be of sufficient magnitude to moderate the often described association between victimization and physical complaints.

The ACA Research Award honors and recognizes high-quality, original research conducted by an ACA member (or an ACA member and other colleagues working in collaboration) in areas of interest to the counseling profession and the divisions or organizational affiliates of ACA. For the purpose of this award, research involves systematic inquiry or investigation using quantitative or qualitative techniques, which result in usable findings and recommendations for the field.

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