Featured Scholar


Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, IUPUI Translational Scholar

Featured Scholar : Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, PhD

Associate Professor, IU School of Social Work
ude[dot]iupui[at]geltnegc


Translating Student Engagement Research into Assessment Data Through Collaboration: A University, Youth and Housing Agency, and Community Partnership

After conducting research on youth antisocial behavior and studying middle school truancy through the lens of the social control theory, a Perception of School Social Bonding instrument was developed and is being tested. The result has been a new project titled "Student Success." The project endeavors to assess schools' opportunities to increase students' bond to their school. For this project "school bond" is defined as students' perception of schools options for them to be attached, committed, involved, and believe in the value of school. In addition to assessment of their perceptions, students' attendance rates will be examined where available. The project will be with schools throughout the US who have agreed to have their school assessed. The goals of the project are 1) to evaluate students' perceptions of their schools using the Gentle-Genitty Perception of School Social Bonding Scale (PSSB); 2) ascertain challenges students face in the school environment as evidenced through their levels of attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief; 3) assess whether student perceptions and challenges impede or influence their attendance rates; 4) assess whether students' bond perceptions and attendance rates impede student success; 5) assist in drafting strategies to increase student attendance rates and thereby reducing evidence of truancy as well as market the instrument used to assess. The research question is "What school environmental factors can improve student success through the assessment of student attendance rates and perceptions of social bonding opportunities?"

Dr. Gentle-Genitty's work to apply research on students' connection to their schools and the impact that has on student success is another example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.

Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks

With over 40 research works contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Dr. Gentle-Genitty has made translational research knowledge available to professionals, researchers, students and communities around the world.

Gentle-Genitty, C., Kim, J., Yi, E.-H., Slater, D., Reynolds, B., & Bragg, N. (2017). Comprehensive assessment of youth violence in five Caribbean countries: Gender and age differences. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12020

Gentle-Genitty, C., Karikari, I., Chen, H., Wilka, E., & Kim, J. (2015). Truancy: a look at definitions in the USA and other territories. Educational Studies, 41(1-2), 62-90. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12021

Gentle-Genitty, C., Jangmin, K., Gauss, C., Cudjoe, T., Karikari, I., & Nichter, S. (2015). Teaching Respect: Effectiveness of the "Me Others Property (M.O.P.) Civic Education Program." Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 28(3), 75-91. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12078

Gentle-Genitty, C., Chen, H., Karikari, I., & Barnett, C. (2014). Social Work Theory and Application to Practice: The Students' Perspectives. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice 14(1), 36-47. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11953

Gentle-Genitty, C., Gauss, C., Nichter, S., Karikari, I., & Cudjoe, T. (2014, April). Determining Evidence Based Properties of M.O.P. Civic Education School Discipline Program. Poster presented at the IUPUI Research Day. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/5007

Gentle-Genitty, C., Karikari, I., Kim, J., & Hutcherson, A. (2014, April). Impacts of School Bonding on Problem Behaviors: Ethnic differences. Poster presented at the IUPUI Research Day. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/5293

Augustine, M. G., & Gentle-Genitty, C. (2013). A perspective on the historical epistemology of social work education. Perspectives on Social Work, 9-20. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11954

Rumple, J., & Gentle-Genitty, C. (2012). Helping Campers from Challenging Backgrounds Gain Life Skills. Camping Magazine. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12080

Gentle-Genitty, C. (2010). Common Predictors for Explaining Youth Antisocial Behavior: A Perspective From Ten Longitudinal Studies. Social Work in Mental Health, 8(6), 543-559. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12011

Gentle-Genitty, C. (2009). Best Practice Program for Low-Income African American Students Transitioning from Middle to High School. Children & Schools, 31(2), 109-117. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12009

Gentle-Genitty, C. S. (2006). Unmasking the Doctored Image of Foreign Aid: A Mirror Model. Social Development Issues, 28(3), 16-29. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/12010