The perennial question that home schooling parents and their children are asked is “What about socialization?” For several years, the students in the Honors Psychology classes at Belhaven have been tackling this question with research, including original work performed by the undergraduates themselves. Dr. Scott White, Professor of Psychology, states “There has been very little research done on the area of home schooling and socialization, so the Psychology Honors classes have performed research to fill that void. In doing so, we have been awarded several honors, including the opportunity to be published twice.”
Recently, the Honors Psychology students have seen several successes. Last year, The Home School Researcher published an article entitled “Emotional, Social, and Academic Adjustment to College: A Comparison between Christian Home Schooled and Traditionally Schooled College Freshmen.” Authors include current and former students John Brower, Terance Collins, Roman Merry, and Maryam Washington, along with Dr. Scott White and Dr. Elizabeth Williford, Chair of the Psychology department.
The Home School Researcher has just accepted another article for publication, entitled “Examination of Previously Home Schooled College Students with the Five-Factor Model of Personality.” Dr. White turned this original presentation into an article with the help of Megan Moore and Josh Squires, who each entered graduate studies after completing their Psychology degrees at Belhaven.
The next group of Belhaven Psychology undergraduates is following the lead of their predecessors. In September, the Mississippi Psychological Association granted the award “Best Undergraduate Research Poster” to this year’s class of researchers. One researcher is Stephanie Willis, a senior Psychology major who is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in Neuroscience and related fields. Stephanie says, “My experience doing psychology research as an undergraduate at Belhaven has taught me foundational research skills, given me a taste of what real research is like,
and should open doors for me as I’m working to pursue the next level of my academic and career goals—the Ph.D.”