Yang Yang

Yang Yang
Texas Christian University | TCU · Institute of Behavioral Research

Doctor of Philosophy

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Daily life events often trigger and co-occur with various emotional reactions, which activate self-regulatory processes. One possible outcome of self-regulatory processes is optimism. Limited research has examined optimism in daily life and potential daily predictors including stressors, negative emotions, and positive emotions. Emotion differentia...
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Background : Most justice-involved youth are supervised in community settings, where assessment and linkage to substance use (SU) treatment services are inconsistent and fragmented. Only 1/3 of youth with an identified SU need receive a treatment referral and even fewer initiate services. Thus, improving identification and linkage to treatment requ...
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With a sample of college students in emerging adulthood (age range: 18–25), the current study investigated sex differences in the impact of parental psychological control and perceived social capital on three types of health-risk behaviors, including binge drinking, drug use, and driving under the influence (i.e., DUI). The moderation of social cap...
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Social support plays an integral role in health and well-being. Behind bars, support from peers on the inside is also beneficial, facilitating prosocial behavior, sobriety, coping mechanisms, and re-entry success. Social support frequently is delivered through supportive communication. However, it is not clear how such communication is enacted, as...
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The current study investigated the impact of emotional abuse on self-concealment in a sample of 126 college students currently in a romantic heterosexual relationship. This study also examined whether emotion dysregulation moderated the relationship between emotional abuse and self-concealment. Results showed emotion dysregulation moderated the rel...
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The current cross-sectional study adopted structural equation modeling (SEM) to examine the association between childhood adversity and criminal thinking, and the role of attachment being a mediator in this relationship, in an offending sample. Data were collected from a sample of 209 inmates (169 of which were male) in a local jail. The results of...
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The current study adopted a daily diary design to examine the impact of exposure to daily stressors, daily resilience, and trait aggression on somatic symptoms, and the moderation of aggression on the associations of exposure to daily stressors and resilience on somatic symptoms. College students completed baseline and seven-day daily assessments....
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While a plethora of studies indicating substance use treatment reduced measurable, pathological symptoms, research is still needed to explore treatment-related recovery (i.e., therapeutic changes) derived from a lived experience from clients. The current study used semistructured interviews to query clients’ narratives on the process of early recov...
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Background The current study used a longitudinal design (via three biweekly assessments) to assess the association of state aggression and somatic symptoms and the potential role of trait emotion regulation and distress tolerance in these associations in a sample of 186 college students.Method Multilevel modeling was used to examine the influence o...
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Background: Although prior research has documented the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and somatic symptoms, it remains unclear why some individuals exposed to ACEs developed somatic symptoms while others did not. Objective: Framed by a biopsychosocial perspective, this study investigated the role of attachment anxiety in the a...
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Using a sample of 210 college students affected by parental separation, this study investigated how perceived parental conflict and attachment anxiety jointly predicted somatic symptoms in adult children affected by parental separation. The participants responded to a computer-based survey assessing perceived parental conflict, attachment anxiety,...
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Objectives: In this study, we investigated the sex differences in the impact of perceived parental rejection on various health-risk behaviors and the moderation of resilience on the relations between perceived parental rejection and health-risk behaviors. Methods: Cross-sectional data of 730 college-attending emerging adults were analyzed with Pois...
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Background: Limited research has examined factors associated with medication-assisted treatment for justice-involved individuals. Objectives: The current study used a mixed-method design to examine the influence of client- and counselor-level factors on 90-day treatment retention, satisfaction, and progress for justice-involved individuals referred...
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Prevention and intervention research has indicated the malleability of hope in a variety of populations and the positive impact on treatment outcomes in general clinical settings and substance use treatment. However, despite its prospective role in improving well-being, research on hope is not often situated behind bars. Thus, the current project i...
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The continued need for advancement in evidence-based SUD treatment, as well as increases in treatment expense and decline in support from insurance providers, suggest that brief, innovative, and affordable treatments are needed. Meditation, spirituality, and adherence to medication-assisted treatments have all been shown to support abstinence. The...
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There is a call for drawing on client voice to provide a rich, nuanced understanding of factors influencing substance treatment engagement as to maximizing treatment benefits. We interviewed 60 clients in a short-term inpatient substance treatment program and examined facilitators and barriers to treatment engagement. Thematic analysis yielded four...
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Despite attention to technical aspects of conducting qualitative research, few studies describe procedures for managing pre-analysis activities in large-scale multisite qualitative projects. As part of the data collection for the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies, a national multisite research cooperative with nine research centers (RCs...
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The current study investigated the impact of victimization on substance use treatment motivation and the potential role of adult attachment and peer support, with a sample of 149 justice-involved individuals participating in a jail-based substance treatment program. Results of mediation analyses indicated that attachment anxiety mediated the relati...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine criminal offenders’ dispositional empathy and relate it to perceived parenting characteristics of primary caregivers (measured as care and overprotection) and inmates’ internal working models of the self and others (measured as attachment anxiety and avoidance, respectively). Design/methodology/appr...
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In a study aimed at improving the quality of HIV services for inmates, an organizational process improvement strategy using change teams was tested in 14 correctional facilities in 8 US states and Puerto Rico. Data to examine fidelity to the process improvement strategy consisted of quantitative ratings of the structural and process components of t...
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Despite the availability of various substance abuse treatments, substance misuse and the negative consequences associated with it remain a serious problem in our society. Various types of meditation have been evaluated for treatment of substance use disorders, but the research has not drawn any specific conclusions. This may be due to lack of both...
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In the growing field of implementation science, sustainability is a critical component of the implementation process of moving evidence-based treatments to regular practice. This paper is intended to extend our understanding of factors that influence the sustainability of HIV services in correctional settings following an organization-level interve...
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In the emerging field of implementation science, measuring the extent to which a new or modified healthcare program or practice is successfully implemented following an intervention is a critical component in understanding how evidence-based treatments become part of regular practice. This paper is intended to expand our understanding of factors th...
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Current Texas Christian University (TCU) research focuses on reducing risk for relapse and other health-related behaviors associated with HIV, HBV, and HCV. The WaySafe curriculum was developed for prisoners in the last phase of their substance abuse treatment before transitioning back to the community, and was designed to improve decisionmaking an...
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Many individuals enter the U.S. prison system with a history of high-risk drug and sexual practices, which are two primary contributors to the high rates of HIV and hepatitis cases among this population. As these individuals return to the community, they are likely to continue high-risk behaviors, making it critical that decisionmaking programs des...
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The primary aim of the current study is to explore gender differences on the relationships of pre-treatment risk factors and psychosocial functioning with time to re-arrest following termination from prison. The sample consisted of 384 males and 313 females who were admitted to four prison-based substance abuse treatment programs. Results showed th...
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The current study modeled 12-month postrelease rearrest (recidivism) in terms of pretreatment risk factors (i.e., criminal history, criminal thinking,) and during-treatment engagement in a sample of 653 subjects admitted to four prison-based substance treatment programs. Structural equation modeling was used to test during-treatment engagement as a...

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