LAIR: Lenoir-Rhyne Academic Institutional Repository

The Lenoir-Rhyne Academic Institutional Repository (LAIR) is managed by the University Libraries and has been established to preserve and make broadly available the scholarly works of the LR community. LAIR is appropriate for article pre-prints and manuscripts, conference papers, instructional material, as well as student projects, theses, and dissertations. The repository also provides a digital home for the university’s historical and cultural collections.

The repository is currently accepting submissions by faculty, staff, and students who want to share their work with a worldwide audience. Go to LAIR LibGuide for information on how to deposit materials to the repository. Use this form to start the submission process (you must first be logged into the LRU portal to access the form).

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Recent Submissions

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    A Therapeutic Intervention to Improve Depression, Loneliness and Psychological Well-Being in Elderly Assisted Living Residents
    (2023-07-26) Manning, Oksana
    Background: As the US population continues to age and people move to nursing homes, interventions are needed to help prevent depression and loneliness that affect quality of life. Art therapy offers a broad range of activities that promote connectedness among assisted living residents. Research has shown that coloring mandala patterns in a group is beneficial in terms of social collaboration and engagement than individual activity. Purpose: The purpose of this DNP project was to determine if group mandala coloring sessions would affect depression, loneliness and well-being of the elderly assisted living residents. Methods: Residents’ loneliness, depression and well-being were measured with three easy-to-administer and publicly available scales pre- and post- intervention. Results: The general findings demonstrated that residents of this AL facility had symptoms of depression and loneliness as well as decreased well-being scores. The mandala coloring sessions positively affected the scores for depression but did not significantly influence loneliness and well-being in the elderly AL residents. The participants enjoyed the activity that promoted communication, socialization, and creativity.
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    An End to Domestic and Family Violence in Rural Communities
    (2023-10-25) Hare, Jessica
    Domestic violence and family violence continues to be an issue on several sectors of our societal structure. Unfortunately for our country, this sort of violence affects our country’s development. Perpetrators and victims have proven to be an enormous financial stressor as it relates to local law enforcement, health care entities, and communities as a whole. Specifically, in rural communities, there are several barriers that isolate these communities from urban areas with appropriate resources. Domestic violence and family violence has proven to be a universal problem with very distinct socio-economic, cultural, and racial peculiarities. However, the issue of domestic and family violence is very prevalent in rural areas, where there is not much emphasis placed on providing rural communities with adequate and appropriate resources. Go Purple for Ending Domestic Violence (GPED-V) will aim to specifically target rural community victims and perpetrators by providing appropriate and adequate resources directly in their communities. The success of GPED-V will be measured by the number of clients that are served successfully and surveys completed by community partners and clients.
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    SAGE Video: Counseling & Psychotherapy
    (2023-07) Behrend, Dawn
    SAGE Video: Counseling & Psychotherapy from Sage Publications Inc. is a collection of over 130 hours of streaming video focused on topics to provide educational training to prepare students entering the mental health profession. With a large portion of the collection being proprietary in nature and published within the past 10 years, users will find stable access to relatively current videos. Users will appreciate the flexibility to either purchase or subscribe to the collection in its entirety. The Sage Knowledge platform is intuitive, and the playback functionality of videos and the value-added features such as video clipping, creating playlists, and downloading and citing transcripts are user-friendly. Nearly half, but not all, of the collection provides psychotherapy demonstrations. Those who would like a product dedicated to psychotherapy demonstrations, particularly with well-known master therapists, may find or APA PsycTherapy to be more suitable. In particular, users who would like the option to earn continuing education credits along with expanded choices for customized packages of selected videos may find to be a preferred option. In comparison, APA PsycTherapy may be of interest to academic users seeking a range of available platforms along with a more robust collection of psychotherapy demonstration videos
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    Oral Hygiene in Children from Low-Income Households
    (2023-08-01) Dhanak, Manali
    Daily oral hygiene in children has severely decreased over years, and it has been known to make a negative impact on the future of children’s health. Children residing in low-income households in North Carolina have a poor foundation in oral hygiene due to the social determinants present in the Mecklenburg County community. This study aims to evaluate the Save a Smile program created by Mecklenburg County Health Department Pediatric Dentistry Division to address and reduce the social determinants of health that are observed under community, societal, and individual levels.
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    Implementation of a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Training Program in a Rural Nigerian Missionary Teaching Hospital
    (2023-08-01) Ukwu, Ugonna
    The purpose of this quality improvement project was to address inadequate knowledge-to-action in Hospital Acquired Press Ulcers (HAPU) prevention with comprehensive HAPU prevention training based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality “Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals” toolkit at a rural Nigerian missionary hospital. HAPU prevention training significantly improved HAPU prevention knowledge but did not translate to robust performance and documentation of HAPU prevention best practices. Optimizing nurse to patient ratios and HAPU prevention aids can improve adoption of HAPU prevention best practices.

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