Thursday, February 27, 2014

Calling All Parents!

Dear Parent,

  • You are invited to participate in an important research study about advertising to children.
    The purpose of this study is to explore how parents understand the concept of family and perceive family portrayals in child-targeted advertising. As the appearance of family continues to change, it is important to understand how parents choose to expose or not expose their children to diversity in families. The results of this study will help us understand how you, as parents, view different types of families in children's advertising.
    If you agree to participate, you will answer questions about general diversity (ex: racial or sexual diversity), different family compositions (ex: single parented families), your opinions about different types of families and how your child(ren) are exposed to them.
    The survey will take about 20 minutes.
    Your identity and survey answers will be kept completely confidential. Your responses will be grouped with those of others, and no identifying information will be kept. The data from all respondents will be published in a class project and may later be published in a different format such as a journal article. Follow this link to the Survey:
    Thank you in advance for your participation.
    Elise Johansen Harvey PhD Student University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Blog Break

It has been over a month since my last blog post.  Wow!  How time flies!

You may have wondered where I've been for the last month and how Baby Prez is doing.  Well, the last month has been both a blessing and a struggle.  I was incredibly blessed to spend time with family over Christmas.  And what a Christmas it was!

The struggle has been with the work side of my life.  While having a baby was one of the greatest gifts in my life, it has also resulted in falling behind in my PhD program.  I have really struggled to keep up with things, and the truth is that I've failed to keep up.  And because I fell behind, my department has decided to take action if I don't catch up soon.  What does "take action" mean?  Well, for the most part, that remains to be seen, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.  (I think it is completely fair for people to be asking why on earth I'm still so behind, so my department is being totally fair and supportive.  They are just pushing me to get caught up.)

With that said, I am hoping to get back to Harvey Ever After in March!  Yes, in two days!  (Well, maybe a few more than that, but...soon.)

In the meantime, my lovely readers, I will be posting a request to recruit parents to take a survey for one of my research projects, and hopefully to become part of a parent panel I am putting together.  Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping me out!