Research Poster Competition Winners / Abstracts - Social Sciences
Social Sciences - 1st Place
Educating Adolescents on Sexual Violence
By Gladys Palaguachi, New York University School of Medicine
One health issue being addressed in minority communities
throughout New York City is the level of education on topics
relating to sexual abuse and rape. This study believes that
adolescents who are provided with a thorough education on
what constitutes sexual abuse, ways to prevent it, and ways
to respond in such situations, will help decrease the high
rates of unwanted sexual contact.
After collecting data from multiple surveys, we observed that
there is a significant difference in adolescent understanding
of sexual assault and rape between participants who knew rape
victims, and those who did not. Typically, it was found that
those who were closely linked to rape victims had different
opinions about the subject than those with no connections.
Current publications were used to develop a survey, and these
surveys were distributed to adolescents in New York City to
asses the current understandings of sexual abuse and rape.
To solve this problem, a program that thoroughly educates
minorities about rape and sexual abuse was proposed. The program
will implement a curriculum that educates students on facts
relating to sexual abuse and rape, and provide them with ways
to protect themselves. The program will be sponsored by a
yearly walk to prevent sexual assault and rape.
Social Sciences - 2nd Place
By Charlene Minaya, New York University
In today’s society technology is considered the predominant
means of communication. Is society losing valuable social
skills? What effect does this communication have on our speaking
abilities, writing skills, and futures? Has this communication
eradication been happening gradually over the past years,
or has it just begun? Can losses be reversed or replaced?
If not, what are the implications for the future direction
of the world? This study hypothesizes that humans are gradually
losing social skills, thus having negative effects on our
Surveys of varied racial, gender, and age groups will be conducted.
This study seeks to ascertain whether ignorance is, in part,
responsible for the limited use of social skills. If yes,
is knowledge all that is necessary to reverse this decline,
or will social skills be forever lost?
Results will determine whether or not a course of action must
be taken to regain valuable social skills.