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Mom Project

mom_project.jpegThis study was Dr. Elizabeth Kiel’s dissertation conducted at the University of Missouri. Dr. Kiel is now an Assistant Professor at Miami University – Ohio.

This study examined how variation in maternal awareness changes the stability of fearful temperament, risk for anxiety-spectrum adjustment problems, and parenti ng behaviors previously shown to associate with toddlers' fearful temperament. This was an observational study of fearful temperament in 24-month-old toddlers and the awareness and parenting behaviors of their mothers. The strength with which parenting behaviors relate to toddler fearful temperament is hypothesized to change as awareness increases. Results are expected to inform the broader literature on the developmental courses and clinical implications of fearful temperament.

Kiel, E. J., Premo, J. E., & Buss, K. A. (in press). Maternal encouragement to approach novelty: A curvilinear relation to change in anxiety for inhibited toddlers. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Kiel, E. J., & Buss, K. A. (2014). Dysregulated fear in toddlerhood predicts kindergarten social withdrawal through protective parenting. Infant and Child Development, 23, 304-313. doi: DOI: 10.1002/icd.1855

Kiel, E. J., & Buss, K. A. (2013). Toddler inhibited temperament maternal cortisol reactivity and embarrassment and intrusive parenting. Journal of Family Psychology27, 512-517doi: 10.1037/a0032892