Gizem Erdem

Gizem Erdem
Koc University · Department of Psychology

PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology at Koç University / Psychotherapist / Clinical Supervisor

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February 2021 - present
Koc University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2020 - present
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Position
  • Editor
June 2018 - June 2018
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Position
  • Visiting Scholar
Description
  • Research Methods Summer School for the Erasmus Mundus Global MINDS Society, Culture and Diversity Masters Program Graduate course: Intervention Research Methods
Education
September 2008 - May 2014
The Ohio State University
Field of study
  • Human Development and Family Science - Couple and Family Therapy specialization
September 2006 - June 2008
The Ohio State University
Field of study
  • Human Development and Family Science
September 2002 - June 2006
Bogazici University
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (41)
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Previous research suggests that early mentoring relationship (MR) closures may have harmful consequences for the health and well-being of youth participating in community-based mentoring programs. However, knowledge of the factors that lead some MRs to close early has been slow to emerge. This study examined patterns and correlates of early versus...
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Mentoring programs show promise for preventing emotional and behavioral problems among at-risk youth, but little is known about processes that may be most critical to achieving this end. This study explored indicators of positive youth development (PYD; competence, confidence, connection, care and compassion, character) as mediators of associations...
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This study examined the relationship between youth mentoring status and behavioral, developmental, and emotional outcomes for 859 youths aged 6–17 participating in a national survey of Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring relationships (MRs). Youth self-reported behaviors and mental health occurred at the baseline assessment (before being p...
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The current qualitative study explores women’s conceptions of the normative family and their day-to-day family lives. To that aim, we conducted five focus group interviews in two low-income neighborhoods of Istanbul. The sample included 43 women (42 biological mothers and a grandmother) who had at least one child between ages 3 and 8 in their care....
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The goal of the current study was to investigate individual‐level factors associated with job burnout among probation officers (POs) and, specifically, to examine if attitudes toward probationers were linked with job burnout in the context of the recently established probation system in Turkey. Participants (N = 115) were recruited from a probation...
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Belief in free will reflects the view that behaviors can be controlled via willpower. If a condition is thought to result from a lack of willpower, individuals with that condition may be subject to higher levels of stigma due to greater attribution of blame. In a study conducted online, we manipulated belief in free will experimentally by giving 20...
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Members of the Society for Research on Adolescents COVID-19 Response Team offer this commentary to accompany this special issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence regarding the impact of the pandemic on adolescents' social, emotional, and academic functioning. In addition to outlining the critical need for scholarly collaboration to address...
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Objective The current study explored the psychometric properties of the Brief Accessibility, Responsivity, and Engagement (BARE) scale in a sample of Turkish adults in ongoing committed relationships (N = 509). Background The sense of safety that results from accessibility, responsiveness, and engagement in a romantic relationship predicts more po...
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The present quasi‐experimental study examined the impact of a brief training program based on the risk–need–responsivity (RNR) model on Turkish juvenile probation officers' (JPOs) punitive and rehabilitative attitudes toward justice‐involved youth and recidivism risk perceptions. Fifty‐nine JPOs were recruited through three probation offices in Ist...
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Aims: This study examined predictors of mentoring relationship quality (MRQ) as reported by youth and parents participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Canada one-to-one mentoring programs. Methods: Mentoring program capacity and other external supports, youth personal and environmental risk, youth and parent attitudes and motives, and...
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This review examines research on youth mentoring as a strategy for preventing and reducing adolescent substance use, including opioids. The review is organized around four questions: 1. What are the effects of mentoring on substance use and associated risks to personal health and well-being among youth? 2. What factors condition or shape the effect...
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Bu araştırmada, Boszormenyi-Nagy’ın (1986) Bağlamsal Kuramı’ndan hareketle, gençlerde alkol kullanımı sıklığı ile ilişkisel etik, empati ve stresle başa çıkma becerileri ve gönüllülük arasındaki ilişki incelenmiştir. Araştırma kapsamında İstanbul’da üniversite öğrenimi gören 220 katılımcıya internet üzerinden anket uygulanmıştır. Araştırma bulgular...
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The current study uses a series of focus groups and participatory methodology to investigate the work experiences and needs of Turkish probation officers and their directors. All participants were employed at an office of Parole and Probation in Istanbul, Turkey. During the concurrent focus groups, officers (n = 57) discussed their daily work exper...
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This study examines three potential contributions (i.e., additive only, hierarchical compensatory, and hierarchical conditional) of mentor support to youth academic adjustment, taking into account interactions with support from mothers and teachers. We derived data from a larger study of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Canada community mento...
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An accumulation of theoretical and empirical work focuses on expanding Bowen family systems theory (BFST) to be more culturally expansive by including gender, ethnicity, race, social class, and sexual orientation, as well as family history, values, and rituals. In the current article, we contribute to the discussion of culture in BFST and move the...
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Purpose: Substance use (SU) can harm the developing adolescent brain, making delaying its initiation or decreasing its frequency among youth an important public health goal. National guidelines recommend primary care providers screen all adolescents for SU and give brief advice, but studies show that adherence to this recommendation is suboptimal....
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Background Youth with chronic physical health problems often experience social and emotional problems. We investigate the relationship between participation in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada community-based mentoring programs (BBBS) and youth social and mood outcomes by youth health status. Methods Youth newly enrolled in BBBS were classifi...
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Conference proceedings published in Turkish in "Güncel Bağımlılık Araştırmaları"
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Conference proceedings published in Turkish in "Güncel Bağımlılık Araştırmaları"
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This paper traces the development of the ‘second’ and arguably more well-known ‘genre’ of Participatory Action Research (PAR). The paper argues that the origins of PAR are highly distributed and cannot really be traced back to the ideas of a single person or even a single group of researchers. Instead, the development of PAR is tied to social movem...
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This randomized pilot study tested the efficacy of an integrative treatment targeting homeless substance abusing mothers with young children in their care. Sixty mothers with 2-6year old children were recruited from a local family shelter. The mothers were randomly assigned to Ecologically-Based Treatment (n=30) or treatment as usual (n=30). The in...
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Objectives: To examine the efficacy of 3 theoretically distinct interventions among substance-abusing runaway adolescents and to explore individual differences in trajectories of change. Method: Adolescents (N = 179) between the ages of 12 and 17 were recruited from a runaway shelter in a midwestern city. The sample included 94 females (52.5%) a...
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This article is an attempt to tell the story of action research as it has developed over the last half century. Action research has become an important part of a number of research programs, especially in the field of education. Action research is a powerful idea centering on humans’ ability to break free from deleterious social habits through auto...
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Substance abuse among homeless mothers has negative consequences for both the mother and her child. Few researchers have examined the needs of these mothers in order to effectively intervene in their lives. This study uses a qualitative focus group research method to examine the needs of substance abusing homeless mothers recruited from a homeless...
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Little empirically-based information is available regarding how best to intervene with substance-abusing homeless mothers. This study pilot-tested a comprehensive intervention with 15 homeless women and their 2- to 6-year-old children, recruited from a local family shelter. All participants were offered integrated intervention with three major comp...
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Despite the intuitive appeal and popularity of mentoring programs, mentoring has shown only limited success for positively impacting children's psychosocial functioning. Furthermore, we were not able to identify a study that examined the potential utility of mentoring for homeless adolescents. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the impa...
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This study explored and compared predictors of session attendance among substance abusing runaway adolescents and their parents using three manual-driven interventions: ecologically-based family therapy (EBFT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and the community reinforcement approach (CRA). Individual and family-level variables, as well as t...
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This study investigated the relationship between coping styles and problem behaviors among a sample of substance-abusing homeless youth. Homeless youth (n = 268) were recruited through the only drop-in center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Results revealed that youth with higher task-oriented coping reported less delinquent behaviors while those with...
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No study to date has reported intimate partner violence (IPV) experiences among homeless youth. This study sought to uncover lifetime prevalence estimates of physical, sexual, and emotional IPV among a nonprobability sample of 180 homeless male and female youth in Columbus, Ohio. To that aim, self-reported IPV and the association between IPV and ge...
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The present study sought to uncover the relationship between risk and protective factors for depressive symptomatology among runaway youth. To that aim, 3 models of resiliency—the compensatory, risk-protective, and challenge models—were tested separately on girls and boys. The data came from a cross-sectional survey on a sample of 140 runaway adole...
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Research focused on the impact of community-based services and treatment interventions designed to intervene in the lives of runaway and homeless youth has increased in the last two decades in the U.S. and internationally. In light of the tremendous need for identifying effective strategies to end homelessness and its associated problems among yout...
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Runaway adolescents engage in high rates of substance use and report significant family and individual problems. However, in general, adolescents report low motivation to change their substance use. Because a higher level of motivation for changing substance use is associated with greater substance abuse treatment success, identifying variables ass...

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