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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank Randy MacIntosh for allowing me to use a portion of his

considerable skill and experience in academic research, data analysis, and statistics in the

completion of my thesis. His expertise was invaluable in each step of the process,

allowing me to bypass some obstacles altogether and putting me on the right track to find

solutions for other problems that are often a part of a project of this size. In addition,

accepting the role as Chairperson on any thesis involves a considerable amount of work

and the willingness to surrender substantial amounts of time reading and re-reading

countless drafts of the many chapters that go into the finished product, and I am very

thankful for his efforts.

I would also like to thank Ernest Cowles for volunteering his time and effort in

accepting the role of second reader on my thesis committee. When I asked if he would

consider being my second reader, I knew that I was asking him to temporarily dedicate

his time and make room for my thesis in his incredibly busy schedule. His time is so

valuable and so scarce, yet Ernest was very willing to take on the project, and his

experience in applied research, academic research, statistics, and the whole process of

writing a thesis was incredibly helpful. It is hard to imagine that I can effectively

communicate how much I value the effort put forth by both these men, but I can say this

thesis would be deficient in so many ways without their assistance.

Thanks also to Patty Crosby and the entire staff at the Institute for Social Research.

Their support made each new challenge in the Masters’ program much less stressful.

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