From the Toledo [Ohio] Blade, April 29, 2002

UT, BGSU students share $300 prize
for work on different topics

Doctoral research of 2 honored

Mona Amer used what some say is a "revolutionary technique" to determine the best way to survey Arab-Americans about the push and pull of American culture.

Alana Raber gave children diaries to get closer to learning why some of them are overweight.

The two doctoral students were rewarded for their efforts. They shared a $300 prize given during the Ninth Annual Symposium on Research in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral Science yesterday at the Medical College of Ohio. The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and MCO sponsor the conference.

"Both of these studies involved very careful looks in areas where people often do not look carefully," said Dr. Robert Elliot, the University of Toledo's clinical psychology professor who chaired this year's conference and served as a judge.

Ms. Amer, a doctoral student at UT, used a statistical technique called the Rasch model to measure cultural stress and family function among second-generation Arab-Americans.

Without the Rasch analysis, surveys can be inaccurate and misleading, said Dr. Christine Fox, the University of Toledo professor who co-wrote Ms. Amer's work. Dr. Fox, an associate professor of education research, is one of the nation's leading proponents of the Rasch model, and author of a book on the subject.

By employing this system, Ms. Amer, a Detroit native and second-generation Egyptian-American, arrived at a standardized way to collect data.

"You need to speak the same language," Dr. Fox said. "In psychology, it's the Tower of Babel. Everyone's making up their own systems, instead of speaking in a universal metric."

By Jenni Laidman, Blade science writer

Doctoral research honored. Laidman J. … 16:1 p.863

Doctoral research honored. Laidman J. … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2002, 16:1 p.863

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Rasch Measurement Transactions (free, online) Rasch Measurement research papers (free, online) Probabilistic Models for Some Intelligence and Attainment Tests, Georg Rasch Applying the Rasch Model 3rd. Ed., Bond & Fox Best Test Design, Wright & Stone
Rating Scale Analysis, Wright & Masters Introduction to Rasch Measurement, E. Smith & R. Smith Introduction to Many-Facet Rasch Measurement, Thomas Eckes Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, George Engelhard, Jr. Statistical Analyses for Language Testers, Rita Green
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