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Psychology professor's work goes to press

Waldorf College
Julie Maier, Waldorf's assistant professor of psychology, has two publications in press.

The article “Media influences on self-stigma of seeking psychological services: The importance of media portrayals and person perception” will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture. It currently is available online. Based on a research study conducted at Iowa State University, the article examines the types of characters people are exposed to in the media, in particular examples of therapists, people going to therapy, and people suffering from a mental illness, and how exposure to and attitudes about these characters may influence peoples self-stigma about seeking help.

Additionally, an article that appeared in the Journal of Advertising in 2010 will be reprinted as a chapter in a forthcoming book. The article “Television commercial violence: Potential effects on children” was written after conducting a two-part study looking at the effects of violent advertising in children.  It includes both a focus group study of children and parents’ attitudes and concerns regarding advertising and media violence, as well as an experiment showing the cognitive effects in children after exposure to violent advertising.