Scientia 2008: Amy Kilker

Amy Kilker is receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Practices. Following graduation Amy will be pursuing her doctorate in psychology and will be attending Marywood University's Psy.D. program in the fall. Amy is president of Psychology Club, vice president of Psi Chi, and a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma. Amy was a research assistant her junior year for a graduate student. She has also presented her on research at the Eastern Psychological Conference and at the Undergraduate Research Forum. She would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Renjilian, her advisor for her honors thesis. He was a tremendous help and offered his support and guidance throughout the entire year. He offered her his invaluable opinions and tireless editing. She would like to thank her reader Dr. Crawley, for spending so much time going over the statistical findings with her and for his support throughout the entire year. Also, a special thanks to Christina Elvidge for all her hard work and support. Amy would also like to take time to acknowledge all the support and guidance she has received from all of her professors over the past four years. She always felt that someone was there for her and this truly made her learning experience unique. Marywood University has offered her an environment that allowed her to grow not only as a student but also as a person. She will cherish every lesson learned both inside and outside of the classroom. Amy also sends special thanks her family and friends for all the love and support they have offered to her.

The Differences in the Use of Relational Aggression by College Freshmen Females and Upper-Class College Females

Director: Dr. David Renjillian
Reader: Dr. Edward Crawley


The present study set out to determine if college younger females (18-20) are more likely to engage in relational aggression than upper-class college females( 20 and over). Twenty-eight college aged females ranging in age from 18 to 25 participated in this study. The two surveys used in this study were the Self-Report of Relational Aggression/Victimization Measure (Linder, Collins & Crick, 2002) and the Aggression Scale (Buss & Warren, 2000). Both of these questionnaires were used to assess the use of relational aggression. Correlation analyses were used to evaluate the findings. The expected results were that relational aggression would be related to college status in that stronger correlations would be found between freshman females and the dependant variables than upper class females. While this was not confirmed by the findings, there were correlations between age and pro-social behavior and interpersonal jealousy that partially supported the hypothesis.

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