Academic Field

Psychology

Faculty Mentor Name

Marcie Desrochers

Presentation Title

Effects of Labeling

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Labels are used as a way to group people based on similar characteristics. Labeling can be helpful in that it allows one to identify commonalities and apply needed services and treatment, but the negative effects of labeling often go understudied. In this study, the researchers will examine the effects of labeling through the use of a classroom activity. Students, who voluntarily agree to participate following informed consent, will be exposed to two brief video clips each displaying a boy engaging in a problem behavior. One boy will be labeled as having autism spectrum disorder and the other boy described as typically developing. Following presentation of each video, participants will be asked why the child’s problem behavior is occurring and what should be done regarding it. In the next class, the instructor will review the class’s answers to these questions and apply psychological theory relating to labeling. These data will be collected and summarized for presentation.

Keywords

Labeling, Teaching of Psychology, Developmental Disabilities

Start Date

10-4-2015 4:15 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 5:30 PM

Location

Hartwell Hall 218

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Effects of Labeling

Hartwell Hall 218

Labels are used as a way to group people based on similar characteristics. Labeling can be helpful in that it allows one to identify commonalities and apply needed services and treatment, but the negative effects of labeling often go understudied. In this study, the researchers will examine the effects of labeling through the use of a classroom activity. Students, who voluntarily agree to participate following informed consent, will be exposed to two brief video clips each displaying a boy engaging in a problem behavior. One boy will be labeled as having autism spectrum disorder and the other boy described as typically developing. Following presentation of each video, participants will be asked why the child’s problem behavior is occurring and what should be done regarding it. In the next class, the instructor will review the class’s answers to these questions and apply psychological theory relating to labeling. These data will be collected and summarized for presentation.