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Karol Silva
Project L/EARN Intern - 2005
Karol Silva
Self-assessed Physical and Mental Health Among Latinos in New Brunswick, New Jersey: A Measurement of Somatization
Mentor:
Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Human Ecology
 

Karol had been a Psychology major at Rutgers College (Rutgers University). She entered Project L/EARN to gain exposure to the research field, and direction for her educational and career paths. Her experience over the summer of her internship has given her two ideas for the future: either to pursue a Psy.D. in clinical work, or to enter an Education program at the graduate level.

Aside from sharpening her research skills, Karol had gathered many lessons over the course of the summer. While the work load was “intensive and draining,” she had enjoyed working with each of the other interns, and had learned to be patient, increase her attention span when working with computers, and manage time wisely. Besides gaining a sharp understanding of statistical methods, she had also gained insight into what life after graduate school will entail, as Project L/EARN had allowed her to “learn what it’s like to have a 9-5 job, and come home with another four hours of workload to complete.”

Karol’s research aimed to determine how those in the Latino population may convert mental health issues into physical ones, and vise versa. Her research entails discovering how measures of self-reported physical and mental health by Latino respondents can be used to understand somatization this population.

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