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Encinger Amy Johnson, Kutaka Traci Shizu, Chernayavskiy Pavel, Acar Ibrahim H., Raikes Helen, November, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Marginal food security is less studied relative to food insecurity but may also have adverse effects on family outcomes. The present study examined whether parental stress mediated the relationship between marginal food security (MFS) and preschool-…
Westerberg Diana, Newland Rebecca, Mendez Julia L., September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Caregivers are influential in young children's lives. As most children spend time in care outside of the home, it is critical to examine the interplay between parents and schools and how they influence children's development. The current study…
Baker Claire E., Brooks-Gunn Jeanne, Gouskova Natalia, Sept/Oct 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study used longitudinal cross-lagged modeling to examine reciprocal relations between maternal depression and child behavior problems. Data were drawn from 3,119 children (40% Hispanic, 30% African American, 20% White, and 10% other) from the…
Rodel, Delaware Readiness Teams, July, 2020
Reports & Papers
More than 1,000 Delaware parents shared their thoughts on COVID-19, including appraisals of the just-concluded spring semester, as well as their concerns about returning to classrooms in the fall. Parents weighed in on topics ranging from childcare…
University of Oregon. Center for Translational Neuroscience. RAPID-EC Research Group, 16 June, 2020
Reports & Papers
In this week's post, we report that average family conflict rates have, indeed, significantly increased from pre-pandemic levels across families in our RAPID survey sample. The magnitude of these increases is the same across families, regardless of…
University of Oregon. Center for Translational Neuroscience. RAPID-EC Research Group, 02 June, 2020
Reports & Papers
Balancing work and family life can be challenging for households with young children. The pandemic has increased these difficulties. Our data suggest that many families are trying to fill the gaps created by loss of childcare by caring for their…
Moore Kristin Anderson, Paschall Katherine W., Pina Gabriel, Anderson Samantha, April, 2020
Reports & Papers
Because families are the first nurturers and educators of their children, it is helpful for policymakers and other stakeholders to understand how family characteristics, the activities in which families engage, and their neighborhood circumstances…
Molina Abigail Palmer, Palinkas Lawrence A., Monro William, Mennen Ferol E., April, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Maternal depression poses a threat to the well-being of poor minority mothers and their young children, but significant disparities remain in the access and utilization of treatment among this population in the United States. Providing group…
Hatch Virginia, Swerbenski Hannah, Gray Sarah A. O., 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Despite previous work demonstrating that an accumulation of maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is associated with negative health outcomes across generations, few studies have investigated protective factors beyond the parent– child dyad…
Nicholson Juliann, Ha Yoonsook, 2020
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects

This dissertation study draws from attachment theory and the risk and resilience model to conceptualize the potential benefits of stable, quality child care for children exposed to IPV. It also utilizes the social ecological framework and social…

Patrick Stephen W., Henkhaus Laura E., Zickafoose Joseph S., Lovell Kim, Halvorson Alese, Loch Sarah, Letterie Mia, Davis Matthew M., 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the US and protective measures to mitigate its impact were enacted, parents and children experienced widespread disruptions in daily life. The objective of this national survey was to determine how…
Gatewood Amanda K., October, 2019
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This brief provides a glimpse into the well-being of parents in Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs. In particular, this brief highlights findings from the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) Study 2017 on parents' stress, depressive…
Lane Abby, August 2019
Reports & Papers

As the nature of work in the United States has shifted toward an economy that demands work outside of traditional hours, it is increasingly important to understand the implications of nonstandard work schedules for work-family balance. This…

Lipscomb Shannon T., Goka-Dubose Emiko, Hur Eunhye, Henry Adrienne, July, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, parental mental illness and substance abuse are linked with a host of negative life outcomes. To support young children facing ACEs through Early Care and Education…
Baker Claire E., March/April 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The present study used a large, nationally representative sample of Head Start children (N=3,349) from the Family and Child Experiences Survey of 2009 (FACES) to examine associations among maternal depression (measured when children were ~36 months…