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McNair Scholar 2013Phitsavath Nantharath

Phitsavath Nantharath is a senior attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a double major in business marketing education and human resource development; she is also a double minor in business management and public health. Her research interests revolve around understanding determinants of dating violence and informing interventions to promote healthy relationships. Ms. Nantharath plans on obtaining her master's degree and Ph.D. in healthcare administration

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My dream is to receive a Ph.D. in healthcare administration and to apply my knowledge in the Laotian community; I wish to contribute to the implementation of quality healthcare organization and to promote healthy living.

Research project

But He Loves Me: Teens' Perspective on Unhealthy vs. Healthy Relationships

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to inform interventions to prevent and reduce teens' dating violence. Data was collected as part of a web-based sexual health intervention promoting healthy decision-making. Fifty-six teens watched the video vignette, But He Loves Me, which depicted a teen relationship in which one person engaged in jealous, controlling behavior. Teens completed a brief private survey after watching the video and commented on an associated message board. Most teens rejected unhealthy dating behaviors, although many thought a little bit of jealousy, anger, and checking in was okay. Most teens felt confident that they could intervene if their friend was involved in an unhealthy relationship, but many expected a negative response from their friend. Teens should be assisted in (1) distinguishing between unhealthy and healthy relationships, (2) helping themselves and others to leave unhealthy relationships, and (3) developing skills for healthy relationships Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Sonya S. Brady is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health within the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Brady received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and health psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her program of research examines how normative developmental experiences and stressful life experiences influence health risk behaviors among youth, and how individual and environmental characteristics promote health protective behaviors. Also, she is interested in designing prevention and intervention programs that address different psychosocial motivations adolescents have to engage in health risk behavior. Dr. Brady has published in multiple research journals and has presented her work at conferences nationwide. She has been a McNair faculty mentor for four years.