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Information for Parents Interested in Participating

In our research, we are most interested in how parents and children think and feel about relationships and social behaviors in their everyday lives, so we try to set up our research to be as comfortable for your child as possible and as much like a home or school situation as possible. Because family memories are an important way children learn about the world, we often ask families to reminisce together. We also often ask parents to fill out questionnaires and children to complete interviews or questionnaires to tell us about the ways you usually show and deal with feelings -- you are the experts about your family, and your responses are very important to us! We often ask families to play board games or card games together, and sometimes with other families, because these are enjoyable ways to learn about how families communicate in an ordinary situation. To make sure we don't miss anything, we often need to audiotape or videotape families who are participating. We are very careful to keep all family materials, including videotapes, secure in our lab so that your privacy is protected. We can provide babysitting for your other children and free parking. We also provide healthy snacks for children when our studies last longer than an hour. We are always willing to share the results of our studies with you. Our goal is to ensure that you and your child have a rewarding and enjoyable experience as you contribute to developmental science!

If you have any questions, are interested in being contacted about future studies with us or with other developmental researchers at Virginia Tech, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive our study results, please send an e-mail to or call us at (540) 231-8179. We would be delighted to hear from you!