Oklahoma Baptist University

Professor Warehime Attends World Meetings

OBU professor Dr. Nicole Rauh Warehime recently attended two world meetings associated with her work as assistant professor of sociology.

Warehime and a colleague from the University of Oklahoma made a presentation at the XVII World Congress of Sociology: International Sociological Association July 11-17 at Svenska Mässan, the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Göteborg, Sweden.

Prior to the conference in Sweden, Warehime and Dr. Loretta Bass of the OU Department of Sociology submitted their research to be considered for the congress in May 2009. A panel of scholars from the RC 53 (Sociology of Childhood) reviewed their research proposal and accepted the proposal in August 2009. Their research was titled “Linking Mother’s Health to Her Child’s Health and Determining Relationship to Child’s Sleeping Habits,” focusing on the sleep patterns of underprivileged mothers and children in correlation to child health variables.

“In this research, we conclude that the mother’s health is linked to the health of the child (healthy mom = healthy child),” Warehime said. “Hence, if mom isn’t happy, there isn’t anyone happy (try to explain that nuance to an international body!). Further, the more sleep that a child receives, the healthier a child is (no surprise there). The sociodemographic significance lies in the result that if a mother increases her education and income, then she increases the numbers of hours slept for her child, thus increasing the health of the child.”

Warehime said, on average, the 5 year-old children in their study were getting approximately nine hours of sleep. The recommended number of hours of sleep is 10-12 hours for the age-group. The policy implications are to aid mothers in increasing their level of education and incomes to indirectly improve the health of their children.

Four other presenters spoke under the theme of “Children’s Health as It Shapes Children’s Lives.” The group heard presentations from the United States, Australia, Belgium and Sweden. The next World Congress will be held in 2014 in Japan.

Warehime was one of 10 people from the United States and Europe selected as part of the Young Investigators Program for the International Society for Research on Aggression XIX World Meeting July 27-31 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

“The conference and the Young Investigator’s Program award will greatly impact my work at OBU,” Warehime said. “I have already started new research investigating child fatalities in Oklahoma. Further, I have been in regular e-mail conversations with the big names of research in violence and aggression.”

Warehime said the program was a great opportunity for interdisciplinary work which is a requirement for her at OBU as the only sociologist on campus. She attended luncheons, dinners and presentations featuring several experts, including Caroline Easton, who spoke on alcohol dependent domestic violent offenders; Craig Anderson on media violence; Michael Potegal, director of the Young Investigators Program; Martha Crenshaw on nuclear terrorism policy; Jacquelyn White on sexual aggression; Lenoard Berkowitz on witnessed violence; Deborah Richardson, president of ISRA; and Menno Kruk on animal aggression.

During the conference, Warehime and colleague Dr. Karen Longest presented a poster about a January Term course they taught titled “Aggression and Violence.” The presentation was titled “An Interdisciplinary Model for Teaching a Course on Aggression and Violence.”

Warehime also presented a poster in the Young Investigator’s Program titled “Connections between Parental Incarceration in Juvenile Sex Offenders’ Justice Outcomes.” As an award recipient, the program provided all expenses for Warehime to attend the Connecticut conference.

A 1998 graduate of Alva High School in Alva, Okla., Warehime earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University. She received a master’s degree and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to her research work, her sociological background has led her to Turkey where she was an American representative for the International Center for Peace with the U.S. Department of State.

Longest, OBU associate professor of psychology, earned a bachelor’s degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.