Wednesday, 31 July 2019

School of Psychology research seminar by A/Prof Nida Denson, Tue, Aug 6: Free to be Childfree?




GUEST SPEAKER: Associate Professor Nida Denson
TITLE: Free to be childfree? Evidence of bias towards people who are childfree by choice

People who consciously choose not to have children are increasing in Western countries, yet anecdotal evidence points to bias towards people who choose not to have children. In three studies, we empirically tested whether bias exists towards people who choose to be childfree, as well as some potential moderating or mediating factors of  perceptions of people from these groups. In the first two studies, we empirically examined whether people who are childfree by choice are targets of prejudice. We compared the childfree by choice with commonly prejudiced groups based on the stereotype content model (e.g., warmth, competence). We also examined possible gender differences in bias targets as well as bias sources. In the third study, we sought to examine possible mediating and moderating factors of the perceptions of people from these groups (e.g., dehumanization, moral outrage). We found that people who are childfree by choice were evaluated similar to, or more negative than some commonly prejudiced target groups but not others. We also found that people who are childfree by choice were evaluated more negatively than people who  have children, people who wanted children but could not  have children, and also people who have adopted children.
This research is the first quantitative work to show a small to moderate societal prejudice toward people who choose not to have children and among parent groups, they are perceived as lowest in warmth. Promoting awareness of this prejudice may eventually aid in its reduction.

Location: Keats AVLG-17 and Zoom link to Ourimbah IRC113 via Zoom link: 
Date: Tuesday 6th August 2019

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Psychology speed mentoring, Ourimbah campus, August 6, 2019

The New South Wales Central Coast branch of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and University of Newcastle (UoN) are proud to host the first psychology speed mentoring event at the Ourimbah campus:

·       Designed to connect Undergraduate and Postgraduate psychology students with industry professionals to help students gain insight and understanding of the psychology profession. 
·       Opportunity for professionals to share their experiences and passion to help guide and support those working towards a career in psychology.  

Where: The Millery, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
When: 6th August 2019
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Canapes will be provided and the bar will be open for purchasing drinks

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

New book on Transgender Health by A/Prof Rachel Heath & Dr Katie Wynne

Conjoint Associate Professor Rachel Heath from the School of Psychology and Dr Katie Wynne, Senior Staff Specialist in Endocrinology at the John Hunter Hospital and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Medicine, have written about transgender health in a book published recently by ABC-CLIO located in Santa Barbara, USA, in their Praeger Book series.

The book provides the most up-to-date information on transgender science and its applications for gender-diverse people, their supporters and the professionals who assist them to lead healthy, happy and successful lives.

The number of people presenting at gender clinics worldwide for assistance has increased exponentially in the last decade. Transgender people also have become much more prominent in the media. An increase in political populism, however, has brought unprecedented attacks on trans* people. Covering a wealth of topics relevant to transgender people and their supporters, both social and professional, our book will help readers to see through the flawed arguments of those who wish to inflict damage on the trans* community. 

The content of this book ranges from theoretical ideas about the origin of gender diversity to practical solutions for trans* people to enjoy life in their chosen gender. Physical health topics include hormone therapy, puberty blockers, breast augmentation/reduction, gender confirmation surgery, and speech therapy. Mental health topics include dealing with discrimination, bullying, and transphobia.

The text is presented so that it can be understood with no scientific background but is also highly relevant to the health professional. Copious footnotes and references allow those wishing to delve more deeply into the topics to do so easily. The book is also supported by readily accessible resources available online and on social media.

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