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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Marianne Dunn
Project L/EARN Intern - 2003
Marianne Dunn
Effects of Marital Conflict and Parental Involvement on the Mental Health of Children in Puerto Rico
Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D.
Department of Human Ecology

Marianne became an intern prior to her senior year at the University of Notre Dame, where she had been double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. Before Project L/EARN, she had been unsure of her educational goals, but over the course of that summer discovered a newfound interest in Public Health. Public Health interested Marianne due to the breadth of its subject matter and wide range of long-term professional opportunities. One of Marianne’s aspirations at the time of her internship included working as a research assistant at the “Me & My Family Project” within the Marital Conflict lab at the University of Notre Dame.

Marianne had applied to Project L/EARN because she felt, “It provided the training I needed in research methods, analytical writing, as well as hands-on experience with SPSS and SAS.” Another highlight of this “invaluable experience” for her had been the ability to build a close rapport with her mentor as well as her fellow interns.

Marianne and her mentor, Dr. Peter Guarnaccia’s, research study has found that there is a significant relationship between marital conflict, parental involvement and the mental health of Puerto Rican children, specifically internalizing and externalizing diagnoses such as depression, anxiety and disruptive disorders.

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