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Parent-child separation book published

Jan 11, 2022

"Parent-child separation: Causes, consequences and pathways to resilience", the 12th volume in Penn State’s National Symposium on Family Issues book series, was recently published. The book is edited by PRI Director Jennifer Glick, PRI associate Valarie King, and former SSRI Director Susan M.…

Penn State researchers are developing app to promote family well-being

Jun 23, 2021

The middle-school years mark a time of rapid change for pre-teens and teens, as well as for their parents. As adolescents seek greater independence, it can be challenging for their parents to connect with and guide them. Penn State researchers, with funding from the Mental Research Institute, are…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on aggressive parenting

Jun 16, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on aggressive parenting. During the pandemic, closed schools and daycare centers, parents working at home, and financial insecurity are increasing stress levels and frictions at home. These conditions lead…

New project to study harsh parenting to inform better interventions

Oct 18, 2019

Research shows that harsh parenting results in children with lower self-esteem and behavior problems, but many parents still practice it. Penn State researchers were recently awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the scientific understanding of harsh…

Responsive parenting intervention results in lower BMIs through age three

Aug 8, 2018

An intervention designed to promote healthy growth, which taught first-time moms how to respond with age-appropriate responses to their babies’ needs, resulted in children having lower body mass indexes (BMIs) when they were three years old. The intervention, which began shortly after the babies’…

Parenting and personality work together to affect baby’s weight gain

Mar 21, 2018

Offering a snack may be a sure way to soothe a fussy child, but researchers say making it a habit can result in unnecessary weight gain in babies with certain temperaments. The researchers studied the babies’ temperament and how their mothers soothed them when the babies were six months old. When…

Harsh parenting linked with poor school performance in kids with ADHD

Jan 25, 2018

The way parents interact with their kids may affect how well children with certain behavioral problems like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — ADHD — perform in school, according to researchers. The researchers studied the associations between the parenting practices of mothers and fathers…