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Poster Presentations - Guzman Lecture Hall

Presentation or Panel Title

The Effect of School Uniforms on Self-Expression

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #12

Start Date

4-24-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

4-24-2015 11:30 AM

Department

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

William Phillips

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The debate about school uniforms bringing uniformity to schools and this threatening the students’ self-expression has been raised many times in the media. Research about the effectiveness of school uniforms had been conducted, however, most studies have been carried out to determine if uniforms help students focus on their academics, rather than study self-expression. Vopat (2010) remarks the lack of research in the area of self-expression and highlights the lack of understanding in regards to what self-expression could mean to kids, for example, elementary schools compared to high schools. The purpose of the present study will be to examine the relationship between self-expression and dress code, specifically to school uniforms. Participants (n=100) recruited from a Liberal Arts College in North California and different social network sites will be sent an email using SurveyMonkey.com containing the Value of Expression Questionnaire (Kim & Sherman, 2007). Participants will also answer 5 questions about their experience with dress codes at school, as well as some demographic questions. It is hypothesized that 1) The use of school uniforms decrease a sense of self-expression, 2) School uniforms decrease teasing against students, 3) Students belief school uniforms are beneficial to schools. Data collection for this study will take place in February/March 2015.

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The Effect of School Uniforms on Self-Expression

Guzman Lecture Hall Poster #12

The debate about school uniforms bringing uniformity to schools and this threatening the students’ self-expression has been raised many times in the media. Research about the effectiveness of school uniforms had been conducted, however, most studies have been carried out to determine if uniforms help students focus on their academics, rather than study self-expression. Vopat (2010) remarks the lack of research in the area of self-expression and highlights the lack of understanding in regards to what self-expression could mean to kids, for example, elementary schools compared to high schools. The purpose of the present study will be to examine the relationship between self-expression and dress code, specifically to school uniforms. Participants (n=100) recruited from a Liberal Arts College in North California and different social network sites will be sent an email using SurveyMonkey.com containing the Value of Expression Questionnaire (Kim & Sherman, 2007). Participants will also answer 5 questions about their experience with dress codes at school, as well as some demographic questions. It is hypothesized that 1) The use of school uniforms decrease a sense of self-expression, 2) School uniforms decrease teasing against students, 3) Students belief school uniforms are beneficial to schools. Data collection for this study will take place in February/March 2015.