Early Summer Research Briefs

Research by HDFS faculty members Zhen Cong and Du Feng on parenting and children’s time spent in non-physically active endeavors such as watching TV, was featured in a June 15 Texas Tech news release.

The news release was based on an actual scientific article that appeared in the May/June issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.  The abstract is available here.

Other authors of the research article were Yin Liu, who received her Master’s degree with us and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Penn State’s main campus, and Christina Esperat, a professor in the TTU School of Nursing.

Dr. Cong was quoted  in the TTU news release offering the following appraisal:

“We found that family support is very important for reducing children’s sedentary behaviors… Parents need to make this a priority and encourage their children to be more physically active.”


Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick has a chapter in the new multi-volume anthology, The Psychology of Love , edited by Michele Paludi. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s chapter is entitled “Support and Interference from Social Network Members: A Conceptual Framework.” Free preview pages from the book are available by searching in Google Books.


A small group from our department participated in the recent (June 7-9) International Society on Infant Studies (ISIS) conference in Minneapolis.

Graduate student Andrea Parker, who worked with Dr. Kazuko Behrens, presented a poster entitled “Does a Sensitive Mother Attune to Her Baby? A Systematic Investigation of Affect Attunement.” Andrea was also a co-author on the following poster with Dr. Behrens: “Maternal Behavior During the Strange Situation Procedure Predicts Child’s Reunion Behaviors and the Quality of Attachment.”

Dr. Yvonne Caldera was co-author on two posters with former TTU faculty member Eric Lindsey (now at Penn State-Berks) and Eric’s students. The poster titles were “Martial Conflict and Mother-Infant Emotional Expressiveness in Mexican Origin Families” and “Parent-Toddler Verbal Communication in Mexican American Families: Implications for Children’s Gender Role Development. ”

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