Early Maternal Risk Factors and Parent-Child Communication

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This 3-year research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (Drs. Ispa and Carlo, in collaboration with Dr. Laible at Lehigh University) will investigate the relevance of early childhood risk factors, parenting, and self regulation mechanisms in predicting quality of parent-child communication in late childhood. Quality of parent-child communication is linked to subsequent self esteem, social competence, self-disclosure, and well being in children. The project findings will inform the development of effective intervention programs and policies to enhance healthy relationships with parents and subsequent well being and health in children.