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Links Between Biological and Non-Biological Father Involvement, Maternal Functioning, and Preschoolers' Externalizing Behaviors Among Low-Income African American Families

The project is the principle investigators doctoral dissertation aims to examine the role of biological and non-biological father involvement and mother's functioning in predicting child behavior problems among Detroit Head Start families. The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of the developmental underpinning to child externalizing behavior problems (e.g., aggression, defiance, impulsivity, over-activity) as they begin to emerge in the preschool years among an at-risk population.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • Accompanying principle investigator to Detroit Head Start Preschools to assist in recruiting participants (moms) and administering measures on site (collecting data).
  • Entering data into statistical computer program (training will be provided).
Minimum Qualifications:

Professionalism and maturity is a must! Particularly because students will be interacting with Detroit Head Start moms at the preschools and representing EMU and the project.

Contact Information:
Sara Johns
Ph.D. Candidate
staylo48@emich.edu