Early Maternal Risk Factors and Parent-Child Communication

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Principal Investigators: Dr. Jean Ispa (University of Missouri), Dr. Gustavo Carlo (University of Missouri) and Dr. Laible (Lehigh University)


About this Project

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 age 3 self-regulation in predicting the quality of parent-child communication in late childhood. The quality of parent-child communication is important because it is linked to subsequent self-esteem, social competence, and academic achievement in children. The project findings will inform effective intervention programs and policies that enhance parent-child relationships and subsequent well-being and health in children.