North American Journal of Psychology

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 2, June

Age Differences in Explicit Memory of Crimes and Source Monitoring Ability: Adolescents and Young Adults
The current study explored age differences in cognitive abilities between adolescents and young adults. This is believed to be needed, as there is a dearth of research comparing adolescents to young adults on measures of memory for forensically-relevant...
An Interview with Jerome Sattler
Jerome Sattler is one of the world's foremost experts on childhood assessment. His books have been used to train school psychologists and diagnosticians for almost 40 years. The American Psychological Foundation recently awarded a Gold Medal to Jerome...
An Interview with Rick Parente: Head Injury and Brain Trauma
(Interviewed on behalf of NAJP by) Dr. Parente is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University in Towson Maryland, where he regularly teaches graduate courses in statistics, neuropsychological assessment, neuro-rehabilitation and artificial intelligence....
Can Anyone Tell Me Why I'm Gay? What Research Suggests regarding the Origins of Sexual Orientation
Human sexual behavior is extremely complex and variable; yet it is an issue that fascinates many and inspires quite a bit of scientific investigation. Probably foremost in initiating controversy and heated debate is the notion of sex partner preference,...
Healthcare Attitudes, Knowledge, and Decision Making
Rising healthcare costs in the United States represent a major economic burden to citizens (Selden, 2009). Several large-scale surveys gauging Americans' opinions and knowledge of healthcare and healthcare reform (Kohut, Keeter, Doherty, Dimock, Remes,...
Impact of Presentation Mode on Recall of Written Text and Numerical Information: Hard Copy versus Electronic
The current research investigated the influence of mode of visual presentation (hard copy, electronic) on memory for both written text and numerical information. Additionally, with respect to numerical information, the investigation addressed the potential...
Intent to Apply to Graduate School: Perceptions of Senior Year Psychology Majors
Many psychology majors desire to continue their education after earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. Gaining a graduate degree in psychology gives students more career opportunities than an undergraduate degree alone (American Psychological Association,...
Mental Health among Adolescents from Returned Portuguese Immigrant Families from North America
Immigration is changing the cultural and ethnic composition of many countries (U. N. Population Report, 2002). In response to rapidly changing demographics, psychologists are focusing their efforts on better understanding the impact of culture and...
On the Importance of Priming Effects regarding Shifts in Political Attitudes Following Threat
According to the Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, and Sulloway (2003) motivated social cognition model of conservatism, people may develop conservative political views at least in part because they help quell threats, fears, and anxieties associated with...
Perceived Arab Ethnicity on Willingness to Help: An Application of the Lost-Letter Technique
The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 (9/11) enhanced scholarly interest in prejudice and discrimination. Historically, the focus of research in America about prejudice has focused on AfricanAmericans (Bates & Fasenfest, 2005; Gold, 2004;...
Reexamination of Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Three-Component Model of Organizational Commitment
The Three-Component Model (TCM) proposed that employees remained with an organization because of their (1) desire to remain (affective commitment), (2) recognition that the perceived costs associated with leaving would be high (continuance commitment),...
Reexamining Perceived Discrimination between Blacks and Whites Following Hurricane Katrina: A Racial-Conciliatory Perspective
Many Americans view Hurricane Katrina as one of the greatest U.S. tragedies. In addition to the human lives lost, the devastation and destruction of thousands of homes, and millions of dollars spent on reparations, perceptions of racial discrimination...
Self-Efficacy and Sense of Community among Adults Recovering from Substance Abuse
Maintaining abstinence for individuals in recovery from substance abuse is a challenging task. Post treatment relapse rates vary across studies and definitions of relapse (Walitzer & Dearing, 2006) but often exceed 50% within 12 months of treatment....
Team Identification: Measurement Invariance over Preferred and Target Team Focus Points
The organization of the XVIII Olympic Games in Athens, and the first place finish of Greece in the European Soccer Championship have elevated the interest of Greek sport fans in sports, and especially soccer. The allegiance between a fan and a sport...
The Appropriate Attribution Technique (AAT): A New Treatment Technique for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
People have the basic need to explain the events in their lives, including causal attribution for traumatic events (Barker-Collo, 2001). In trying to understand why they have been sexually abused, children make both internal (self-blame) and external...
When Being Liked Makes Us Dislike Ourselves: Self-Rated Attractiveness as Influenced by an Attractive or Unattractive Other's Romantic Interest in the Self
Unlike Groucho Marx, most people would enjoy being liked by a group of others. In fact, research consistently shows that individuals have an increased liking of those who like them. For example, individuals show a greater desire to work with a person...