This project was started in 2001 with the goal
of studying family relationships and transitions
We are interested in knowing how couples with a
young child adapt to their newly expanded family
and how their children adapt to their families
and other people around them. We
are really excited about our project because
both mothers and fathers. Believe it or not, researchers
did not study much about fathers until the mid-1970s
and even most research today includes only mothers.
Moreover, we are lucky to be able to follow the
same group of children and their families and try
to understand their developmental trajectories
the social and emotional domains.
is this project about?
We first started visiting expectant mothers
and fathers during their third-trimester of pregnancy
back in 2001 and
followed up with them after their babies turned
3.5 months. We invited these family back
to our lab where we observed the babies'
their parents at 12 and 13 months. At 3 and 4.5 years,
we visit these families at their
We are interested in how children develop and
with their parents as they grow up. Parents also
questionnaires at each time point to give us more
information about their child and families.
do parents benefit from this study?
Many parents find our study interesting and rewarding.
At the completion of each phase, the family will
receive a gift certificate. Participating families
will also receive a periodic
newsletter about the preliminary results
of this study.
thanks to our participating families
Research in child development greatly depends on
the support of parents and children. We
truly appreciate our participating
families for all
of their time and great help with our data collection.
If you are interested in enrolling you and your
family in research of child development,
other research laboratories in departments such
Psychology, and Human
and Community Development have ongoing research
projects involving families and children and
welcome your participation.