Community Psychology Graduate student Ryan Weston ’14 shares his thesis abstract entitled Self-Monitoring and the Advisor-Advisee Relationship in Graduate Community Psychology Programs. He will present his thesis at the annual American Psychological Association convention in Hawaii this July! For more information, go to http://www.apa.org/convention/
The relationship between an advisor and advisee has been discussed as a core component of the graduate school experience (Schlosser & Gelso, 2001). Advisors have been known to lead their advisees in constructing original research, guiding them through proper coursework, placing them with internship sites, and even being sources of recommendations for occupational placement (Huber, Sauer, Mrdjenovich, & Gugiu 2010; Inman, Schlosser, Ladany, Howard, Boyd, Altman, 2011). ). In one of the earlier studies regarding the advisor-advisee relationship, Schlosser and Gelso (2001) argued that the advising relationship can have a significant influence on the advisee’s development as a practitioner and as a scientist. It was further noted that research related attitudes (overall attitude towards research, research productivity) can also be heavily influenced by whether the advisee has obtained a positive or negative relationship with their advisor. Unlike the advisor-advisee relationship, self-monitoring has acquired a fundamental amount of literature and interest by researchers. Weston and Zacchilli (2012) suggested that self-monitoring can be broken down into a high and low category, with high self-monitors being defined as “being chronically concerned with one’s image and thus adjusting one’s actions to fit the situation”, and low self-monitors “being more consistent in their behaviors and are less aware of situational demands on behavior” (para. 1). With that being noted, the current study will seek to examine the advisor-advisee relationship within graduate community psychology programs, while additionally focusing on whether high or low self-monitors have a more positive or negative relationship with their advisor. Participants will answer a self-monitoring questionnaire, along with the Advisory Working Alliance Inventory (AWAI), and the two groups will be compared using an independent sample t-test.
Story and photo submitted by Ryan Weston.