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Dissertation Defense for Aykut Kilinc
Program: History: PHD
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Defense Title: Ancient Passions and Ethnic Rivalries: the Limits of U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cyprus Crisis of 1974
Defense Date and Time: 04/11/14 1:45 pm
Defense Location: United States
Defense Advisor: Kurk Dorsey
Defense Abstract: When Greece and Turkey clashed over their interests in Cyprus during the 1960s and early 1970s, the U.S. played an honest broker role. The main objective of U.S. policymakers was to create a stable framework on which Greeks, Turks, and Cypriots could resolve their issues permanently. This policy did not produce the desired outcome. In the end, both Greece and Turkey distanced themselves from the U.S. and Cyprus became a divided island in 1974 with Turkish Cypriots controlling the north after a Turkish military invasion and Greek Cypriots governing the remaining two-thirds of the island. While Greek and Turkish policies tarnished the hopes for a united Cyprus, the U.S. policy was even-handed and genuinely tried to encourage both parties to find a common ground. U.S. policy towards Cyprus resulted in the avoidance of an all-out bloody war between two NATO allies and created the least objectionable outcome imaginable at the time. Although both Turkey and Greece were outraged by the role the U.S. played during the crisis, U.S. active diplomatic engagement and its policies achieved better results than the alternatives.
Dissertation Defense for Meghan Mills
Program: Sociology: PHD
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Defense Title: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status and Goal-Striving Stress on Depression and Delinquency among Rural Youth
Defense Date and Time: 03/18/15 10:00 am
Defense Location: Carsey Institute, Huddleston Hall
Defense Advisor: Dr. Karen Van Gundy
Defense Abstract: According to the stress process framework,both socioeconomic status and goal-striving stress serve as critical chronic stressors; however, little to no research has examined the relationship between socioeconomic status, goal-striving stres, and well-being using this theoretical framework. Using longitudinal data from Waves I (2009) & II (2011) of the Rural Youth Study (RYS), my dissertation examines how goal-striving stress varies by socioeconomic status, and it investigates the impact of goal-striving stress on delinquent behaviors and depressive symptoms among rural youth over time, and net of crucial components of the stress process framework (i.e., stressful life events, family attachment, and personal resources). More specifically, my research examines the unique effects of educational, occupational, and community goal-striving stress as well as the effects of a combined measure of overall goal-striving stress.
Analyses reveal a significant negative relationship between socioeconomic status and depressive symptoms, but this relationship is mediated by family attachment. Controlling for prior depressive symptoms, only a significant positive relationship between community goal-striving stress and depressive symptoms remains. However, with regard to delinquent behaviors, educational, community, and overall goal-striving stress are significantly positively related to delinquent behaviors net of prior delinquency. Such findings remain even with statistical adjustments for socioeconomic status, stressful life events, family attachment, and personal resources.
The findings of my dissertation illustrate the importance of considering various types of goal-striving stress and considering their unique effects on different outcomes. My findings highlight the importance of a "new" type of goal-striving stress among rural youth, community goal-striving stress. Additionally, my findings indicate that goal-striving stress may be especially important for understanding the unequal social distribution of outcomes such as delinquency that are not as clearly or directly associated with socioeconomic status. Such findings highlight the important role of the stress process framework for understanding socioeconomic disparities in outcomes. In sum, goal-striving stress is a critical topic for future research using the stress process framework with important policy implications for improving the well-being of rural youth.
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