Elizabeth Davila was born in Los Angeles California but was raised in Kent Washington, with one younger brother, by a single mom. She graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in 2008. Elizabeth is a first generation college student attending Eastern Washington University. She is privileged to not only be an Achievers Scholar but also a McNair Scholar. She has been on the Dean's list 4 quarters and she is working hard to continue on it until she graduates. Her major is Psychology and she is triple minoring in Criminal Justice, Sociology and Spanish. Elizabeth is currently working with Dr. Dalley as part of his research team, and recently presented research at the Rocky Mountain Psychology Association Convention that dealt with attitudes of peace and reconciliation between Botswana and US students.
Elizabeth will be graduating in the spring of 2013, and is hopeful of being accepted into a PhD program in Social Psychology, with the goal of working in a prison or university. Someday she hopes to have her own private practice, conduct research, and raise a family.
Summer 2012 McNair Internship Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Mahlon Dalley, EWU Psychology
Abstract: Views of Torture: Military vs. Non-Military
Davila, Elizabeth, (Mahlon Dalley), Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Washington
This research analyzes the views of torture of participants in a survey. Students were asked to take the Personal and Institutional Rights to Aggression and Peace Survey (PAIRTAPS). The sample size included 278 students from Eastern Washington University. A specific category I am focusing on is whether the participants of the survey had family in the military or not. I also examined the ratio between males and females with or without family in the military. This sample size consists of 180 females and 95 males with a ratio of 66:34. The ratio between females and males is more favorable towards females. I focused on four specific questions in the survey. For example, the students were asked to define torture. Definitions were coded into three different groups, the first group being physical torture, the second psychological/ emotional torture and the third being defined as both. This will help me run a quantitative analysis to find correlations between the groups being tested. I expected the participants without family in the military will be more sensitive to torture as compared to the people with family in the military. I feel the military desensitizes its troops to not feel pain for others or themselves. People that have military training may come back to their families and share their views, in a way desensitizing their family as well. I also expect to find women more sensitive to the idea of torture than men. Women are more nurturing and caring by nature and so more sensitive to torture. My ultimate goal is to prove how the military affects not only the men and women that participate in war but how their families are affected as well.
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