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The EMU Parenting Project

The EMU Parenting Project is a multi-method longitudinal study following a group of women from pregnancy through their child's 3rd birthday. The major aim of the study is to better understand psychosocial adversities that some women and young children face during this important developmental period, with a particular focus on traumatic life experiences. The study is grounded in attachment theory, thus, much focus is placed on how traumatic experiences affect the developing attachment relationship between the mother and infant beginning in pregnancy. Women and their young children participated in five waves of data collection: during pregnancy (T1), 3 months after birth (T2), 1 year after birth (T3), 2 years after birth (T4), and 3 years after birth (T5). Questionnaires, clinical interviews, and observational methods have been used to assess a wide variety of constructs related to the mothers' and infants' well-being. Currently, the lab is working on transcribing lengthy clinical interviews so that they may be coded by trained coders, coding video-tapes of mother-child interactions, conducting data analyses, and presenting findings at conferences and through scientific publications.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:

Currently, research assistants may be needed to: a) help transcribe lengthy clinical interviews with mothers, b) code videotapes of mother-child interactions, and c) attend home visits with participants. Weekly team meetings occur throughout the year and are expected and strongly recommended (and required depending on type of task being done).

Minimum Qualifications:

The fall 2014 semester's weekly meeting time is Thursday 11-12:30 (it will change in the Winter, 2015). Attention to detail and conscientiousness is a must!

Contact Information:

Alissa Huth-Bocks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
ahuthboc@emich.edu