Comm. Major Tabytha Arthur to Present on Substance Abuse
Her poster is a visual representation of a paper she completed for “Exploring Masculinity” in Fall 2013 with Dr. Alina Haliliuc called, “The Chaos of Substance Abuse and Masculinity: An Oldest Daughter’s Perspective.” The paper utilizes autoethnography as a research method, which unites autobiographical, evocative accounts of one’s life with critical reflection and academic literature. Through poetry and prose, Tabytha focused on the effects of masculinity on substance abuse, the reasons men are more likely to turn to substances, and the effects of men’s substance abuse on their families. She explored the concepts of silence, shame, parentification, and codependency. Tabytha describes the process as therapeutic, and an excellent way to make meaning and gain understanding of a subject we’re so close to—ourselves.