The Understanding Young Children and Families Laboratory is interested in furthering our understanding of the parent/caregiver-young child connection.  To do so, a number of research studies are always underway.  Some examples of our recent and current work include:

  • The Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Attachment-Focused Parenting for Families with Young Children:  Using Circle of Security in the Child Welfare System
  • Piloting the Circle of Security Group Intervention for Pregnant and Parenting Mothers Who Are Substance-Involved
  • Understanding Predictors of Child Maltreatment Potential: A Closer Look at Mother and Child Temperament, Emotion and Behavior Regulation, and Stress and Coping
  • Predicting Child Maltreatment Potential in Mothers Who Are Substance-Involved: A Study of Temperament, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Stress, and Emotion Regulation as Mechanisms of Action
  • The Role of Parents’ Characteristics, Parenting Behaviors, and Parent-Child Interactions in the Functioning of Young Children
  • Mothers’ Temperament, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Psychological Symptoms: How Are Enduring Maternal Characteristics Related to Mothers’ Perceptions of Children’s Temperament, Behavior Problems, and Adaptive Functioning? 
  • Parenting in the Context of Childhood Trauma: Using Parenting Self-Efficacy as a Mediator Between Reflective Functioning and Attributions and Parenting Competence
  • Childhood Maltreatment and Mother-Child Attachment: Examining Interactions Among Depression, Attachment, Reflective Functioning, Parenting Behaviors, and Young Children’s Outcomes in Mothers with Histories of Childhood Maltreatment



Also see the following links for more information…

Substance Abuse and Parenting

Attachment and Substance Misuse