Parenting & child development

We use a variety of methods to study positive parenting, including observation, self-reported, and coding of language, as well as investigating how parenting shapes child development and how we can make parenting interventions more effective.

Positive parenting practices are foundational to adaptive child development. Parents provide the environment that help to shape a developing child's understanding of the world and their social skills, language, and emotion understanding. We use a variety of methods (e.g., observation, self-report, child-report, and analysis of language and facial expressions) to isolate the components of parenting that are most effective in promoting positive child outcomes. We can use this research to inform more effective parenting interventions when children show behavioral difficulties and to promote universal parenting programs that improve the well-being of all children and families.

Waller, R., Gardner, F., Sitnick, S., Shaw, D.S., Dishion, T.J., Winter, C., & Wilson, M.N. (2015). Early Parental Positive Behavior Support and Childhood Adjustment: Addressing Enduring Questions with New Methods. Social Development, 24, 302-322.