RESEARCH on Interpersonal
Violence Beliefs and Experience
We are looking for people to participate in
a research study about students' knowledge, beliefs, attitudes,
and experiences with interpersonal violence. The purpose of this
research is to understand what students know about sexual assault,
domestic and dating violence, and stalking, and to get a clearer
picture of how often these experiences happen to students. This
survey is open to all students of Western Illinois University. This
online survey should take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.
In this study, you will be asked to fill out multiple self-report
questionnaires. The questionnaires contain questions concerning
attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about sexual assault, domestic
and dating violence, and stalking. You will also be asked questions
about your personal experiences with these issues. Participants
can choose to be entered into a lottery to win one of a number of
small prizes (such as $5-$10 gift certificates to local businesses).
When you complete the survey, you can choose to be directed to a
different survey in order to enter your contact information into
If you wish to participate,
please click HERE
to begin the survey.
Coping, Stress, and Trauma Lab
My primary research interest
is the assessment, prevention, and treatment of interpersonal trauma
(IPT), such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
In terms of assessment, I am interested in the prevalence and incidence
of IPT in specific populations (children, minority groups, etc.),
risk and resiliency factors associated with IPT (coping styles,
personality variables, social support, etc.), resulting psychopathology
(posttraumatic stress, depression, eating disorders, etc.), and
changes in behavior, cognition, physiology, and interpersonal relationships
as a result of IPT. My focus with regards to prevention includes
the effectiveness of primary prevention of IPT on campus and in
the community and secondary prevention for individuals at risk for
IPT. An overarching goal of my research is to identify factors that
may interfere with therapy for IPT survivors and to find or develop
adjuncts to treatments to overcome these factors. I also have developed
a secondary research interest in body image, body-esteem, and eating
Become a Research
I am currently looking for
motivated and responsible undergraduate and graduate students who
are interested in gaining research experience and conduct research
on coping, stress and trauma. Students in my lab either assist myself
or other students with research projects in the role of a research
assistant, or they can develop an independent research project,
usually in pairs or in conjuntion with myself or a graduate student.
See below for information, a copy of the syllabus, the recruitment
flyer, and the application. If you are interested in becoming a research assistant, please email me.
Parent Attitudes about Teen Dating Violence: We
are conducting focus groups with parents of teenagers to see what they know about teen dating violence, how they talk to their children about intimate partner communication and aggression, and what obstacles they face in talking to their children about IPV. The data from this study will be used to create a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention program.
with trauma victims: We
are examining whether research on victims of stressful events is
can cause harm to the participants. Research includes examining
variables that make people more likely to have difficulty with research
and ways to improve how we collect data from traumatized individuals.
The effect of appraisal and
trauma type on social support seeking:
This research study looks at the effect of trauma type and appraisal
on social support seeking. The purpose of this research is to help
to understand the mechanisms that lead to a person’s social
support seeking behavior.
Personality and beliefs:
Effects on decision making and attitudes: This
research study examines how personality and beliefs can affect decision
making and attitudes about possibly risky interpersonal situations.
on coping effectiveness:
This research studies the influence of stressful experiences, coping
effectiveness, coping style, control over personal experiences,
attributions, coping self-efficacy, and resiliency on psychological
well-being and an individual's perception of coping effectiveness.
Coping, Stress, and Trauma Lab
Spring 2012 Members
D. Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D.
100 Waggoner Hall, Department of Psychology
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455
Ph: 309-298-2604; Fax: 309-298-2179