Hi there! These updates pertain to the progress that I have made on my thesis during the month of November:
In terms of recruitment, we have just about recruited all of our potential Time 2 families. While we are still actively recruiting 1-3 participants, at this point we have successfully conducted Time 2 interviews with 167 (82.7%) of our 202 Time 1 families. In the coming months, we will likely start recruiting families for Time 3 interviews, though these recruitment efforts will be beyond the scope of my thesis and will likely be finished up within the next 1.5-2 years.
On the writing side of things, November was my most strenuous, but also my most rewarding month thus far of my thesis writing progress. I successfully finished writing/editing/refining both the parent and peer emotion socialization sections of my clinical Ph.D. application “writing sample,” though I will likely trim them down quite a bit in the coming months for my thesis. In these sections, I detailed the different modes of parent/peer emotion socialization and psychopathologies, competencies, and outcomes associated with emotion socialization practices, as well as several future research directions that should be considered in the field as a whole. The end-product ended up being 24 pages of text and 14 pages of references, so I do feel that I have thoroughly immersed myself in this literature and that I am now *somewhat* competent in this area of research.
I also spent a substantial portion of this semester working on my applications to clinical psychology graduate programs. I spent much time preparing my CV, statements of purpose, and writing samples for the common Dec. 1 deadline. In this way, I was/am certainly looking forward to December as a month in which I may focus exclusively on refining my introduction and beginning my methods section!
Six months down, six to go! Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more of my progress in the coming weeks!