Research Program Overview
My research goal is to better understand family and peer systems as contexts for the social development of young children. I believe that without healthy interpersonal relationships, quality of life is compromised. For children, these social relationships are primarily the family and the peer group. Figure 1 (below) and the following Table illustrate how my past empirical and theoretical work fit into this family/peer systems framework. My work is aligned with the HDFS Department and Human Science's Center for Family Resilience focus on risk and resilience, in that I examine risk processes within families (e.g., parent-child nonsynchrony, marital discord), risk processes within the peer group (e.g., peer rejection, negative school climate), and risk behaviors or characteristics among children (e.g., aggression, social withdrawal, obesity). I also am working with the NIH-funded Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA) to support the research training of promising young investigators.
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