Kaniasty of the Psychology Department received a PASSHE Faculty Professional
Development Council grant
for the project entitled “The impact of perceived stressfulness of commonly
experienced political events on psychological well-being of
stress appraisals of “garden variety” political life events impact
psychological well-being? Do events such as battles over affordable health care,
budget sequestration, or government shutdown affect psychological health and
happiness of Americans?
will focus on psychological impact of the run-of-the mill political events
perceived as stressful by citizens, regardless of whether or not these events
were simply witnessed or experienced directly. Undergraduate student
collaborators will conduct face-to-face, in-home interviews with 300 volunteers
from different communities across Pennsylvania.
outcome variables will be assessed: satisfaction with life, sense of alienation,
and positive mood. It
is predicted that negative appraisals of political events will be associated
with lower levels of psychological well-being.
Department of Psychology