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Ongoing Research Projects

 

Parenting and Callous/Unemotional Traits in Children

The primary aim of this study is to examine moderators of relations between child callous/unemotional (CU) traits and parenting. First, this study will examine whether child CU traits are related to positive and negative parenting. Second, this study will examine the relation between social support, relational satisfaction with co-parent, and parental satisfaction and CU traits and parenting practices. Third, this study will examine the relation between CU traits, positive and negative parenting and parental stress.

 

Changes in Executive Functioning in Individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The primary aim of this study is to examine the relation between executive functioning (working memory, behavioral inhibition, cognitive flexibility, etc.) and ADHD symptomatology, as it is attenuated by age. First, the study evaluates whether participants in the older age group self-report a significantly lower number of symptoms of ADHD than the child group. Second, this study will examine the relation between executive dysfunction and ADHD symptoms. Third, this study examines whether age will moderate the relation between executive dysfunction and ADHD symptom severity.

 

Expanding the Agenda in a Pediatric Primary Care Setting

The primary aim of this study is to examine pediatric primary care as the first line of defense in child mental health intervention. Specifically, this study looks at parents’ reported best and hardest parts of parenting (for children age 0-3 years) and their child’s strengths and weaknesses (for children ages 4 – 12 years).

 

Knowledge of Parenting and Developmental Disorders in a Pre-Parent Population

This study aims to investigate if there is are relations among knowledge of developmental disorders, knowledge of effective parenting practices, and attitudes about discipline in pre-parents. Additionally, the proposed study will examine if pre-parent’s beliefs about discipline vary if a child has a developmental disability or if a disorder is not specified. Last, this study will investigate if increasing knowledge about developmental disabilities can improve knowledge of effective parenting practices and attitudes about discipline in pre-parents.

 

Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The primary aim of this longitudinal study is to examine the relations among ASD symptom severity, child behavior problems, and parental distress in a national sample of caregivers of a child with ASD (ages 4-11 at Time 1). Second, this study evaluates potential protective factors against parental distress for this population: perceived social support, perceived parenting efficacy, family resources, and caregiver knowledge of ASD. Third, this study examines the relations between parenting behavior and child behavior for both children with ASD and typically-developing siblings.

 

Externalizing Behaviors in a Preschool Sample

This study examines the relations among contextual factors (e.g., socioeconomic status, parenting stress, parental psychopathology, parenting practices) and biologically-based child factors (e.g., temperamental characteristics, neuropsychological functioning) as they relate to child externalizing behaviors (i.e., aggression, inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity) in a sample of economically disadvantaged 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers attending a Head Start program.