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Summer Williams
Project L/EARN Intern - 2005
Summer Williams
The Effect of Parentís Health Attitudes on Well-Child Care Utilization
Mentor:
Dorothy Gaboda, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Data Analysis
Center for State Health Policy
 

Summer had been a student at Xavier University located in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time of her internship, she had been majoring in Psychology with a Gender and Diversity minor. Summer, a native of Cleveland chose to attend Xavier because of the supportive faculty and environment and the high retention rates that are a result. Summerís goals then consisted of attaining a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology or School Counseling. Furthermore, she had hoped to become involved in treatment based research.

Prior to Project L/EARN, Summerís research experience at Xavier looked at student preferences for religion classes at parochial schools and how these preferences affect Mathematics and Science anxiety. She presented this work in poster form at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Contrary to her expectations, Summer found Project L/EARN to be an intense, challenging and rich learning experience. She concedes that the summer had been stressful at times but emphasizes that it forced her to ďup her game.Ē Her project looks at how health care attitudes affect well-child care utilization. The results did not support previous research stating that health care attitudes are significant predictors of well-child care utilization. As is often the case, her research has generated more questions than answers.

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