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Current Projects

Cross-cultural study of parents’ emotion socialization and children's social competence

We are working with families in the US and Turkey to examine cross-cultural similarities and differences in how parents think and talk about emotions and children’s emotional and social competence in the preschool years (ages 4 – 5 years). Dr. Sukran Kilic from Aksaray University in Turkey is our partner on this project.

We are also working with families in China to examine cross-cultural similarities and differences in how parents think and talk about emotions and children’s emotional and social competence in middle childhood (ages 7 – 11 years). We are collaborating with Dr. Rachel Han from Beijing Normal University on this project.

Grandmothers' and mothers' emotion socialization through reminiscing

Grandparents play an important role in children's lives, yet we know little about how children learn about emotions and social relationships from their grandparents and from the relationships between their parents and grandparents. We will be working with grandmothers, mothers, and children (ages 4 - 12 years) to understand how family reminiscing may relate to children's developing social competence.

Parent and child beliefs in pediatric weight loss intervention

We are collaborating with Dr. Joseph Skelton and the BrennerFIT program at Wake Forest Baptist Health Center to examine how parent-child conversation about health habits emphasizing strategies, effort, and dimensionality relate to children's health indices in families who are undergoing treatment for their child's pediatric obesity. Funding for 2012 and 2014 from the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment. Conducted with Madlyn Frisard, Virginia Tech.

Roles of parents and peers in adjustment to high school

The purpose of this study is to examine children's experiences with parents and peers during the transition from middle school to high school, and how these experiences relate to children's emotional adjustment and academic performance.