Competing Models of Socialization Study

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

Identifying and detailing the processes that contribute to social development during childhood.

Project Overview

This study is funded through Wichita State University, Kansas with OSLC as a subcontractor and Mike Stoolmiller as the PI. The goal of the project is to identify and detail the multiple processes occurring in family and peer environments that contribute to social development during childhood. Three influential theories are being tested for their separate and joint contributions to antisocial and depressive behavior: a) emotion regulation, b) social cognitive, and c) coercion theory. Extensive observational data is being collected in the lab with parents and child, and in the classroom and on the playground with peers. Observations are being coded for emotional display using the specific affect code (Spaff) and for behavioral process using the family and peer process code (FPP). In addition, children and parents are going through an extensive battery of social information processes tasks. The ultimate goal is to explore the ways that key process variables from one theory might mediate or moderate the influence of variables from the other theories across family and peer contexts.

Funder: National Institute of Mental Health