Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Dr.Nancy Gauvin

Secondary Mentor NetID

thutchin, skasser

Secondary Mentor Name

Dr.Tiffany Hutchins, Dr.Susan Kasser

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Program/Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Second College (optional)

College of Arts and Sciences

Second Program (optional)

Spanish

Primary Research Category

Health Sciences

Presentation Title

Are There Differences in Adult Perceptions in Spanish vs. English Speaking Cultures Towards Those with Craniofacial Differences?

Time

3:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Health Sciences

Abstract

The stigma surrounding those with a craniofacial difference has been well documented among the countries/cultures in the eastern hemisphere. However, cultures within the western hemisphere such as the United States have not readily addressed the social concerns of people with facial differences from various cultural backgrounds. This study investigated the possibility of differing perceptions and attitudes of typical adults in Spanish versus English speaking cultures towards those with a craniofacial difference. In the teenage and young adult populations, beauty is important and the possibility of bullying and teasing due to not looking like everyone else can affect an adolescent’s emotional growth. Two surveys were taken and combined into one survey which rated a picture of an individual with a craniofacial difference from 1 to 6 (1 being strongly disagree to 6 being strongly agree) on different favorable and unfavorable traits. The pool of participants recruited came from the University of Vermont undergraduate and graduate student population. Based on the first wave of data, the difference between Spanish and English speakers was not found to be statistically significant or there was not a big enough difference between the two populations for it to have had a larger affect. From here the research looked into the possible differences in socioeconomic status and native home as possible alternative reasoning for differing attitudes. Ultimately, this research opens up the conversation for stigmatizing behaviors towards those with craniofacial differences and possible ways to change them.

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Are There Differences in Adult Perceptions in Spanish vs. English Speaking Cultures Towards Those with Craniofacial Differences?

The stigma surrounding those with a craniofacial difference has been well documented among the countries/cultures in the eastern hemisphere. However, cultures within the western hemisphere such as the United States have not readily addressed the social concerns of people with facial differences from various cultural backgrounds. This study investigated the possibility of differing perceptions and attitudes of typical adults in Spanish versus English speaking cultures towards those with a craniofacial difference. In the teenage and young adult populations, beauty is important and the possibility of bullying and teasing due to not looking like everyone else can affect an adolescent’s emotional growth. Two surveys were taken and combined into one survey which rated a picture of an individual with a craniofacial difference from 1 to 6 (1 being strongly disagree to 6 being strongly agree) on different favorable and unfavorable traits. The pool of participants recruited came from the University of Vermont undergraduate and graduate student population. Based on the first wave of data, the difference between Spanish and English speakers was not found to be statistically significant or there was not a big enough difference between the two populations for it to have had a larger affect. From here the research looked into the possible differences in socioeconomic status and native home as possible alternative reasoning for differing attitudes. Ultimately, this research opens up the conversation for stigmatizing behaviors towards those with craniofacial differences and possible ways to change them.