Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater | Oklahoma State · Department of Human Development and Family Science

PhD

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Publications (147)
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Poverty-related stressors have been found to impact parenting behaviors which can result in adverse outcomes for children. The current qualitative study focused on understanding the challenges of caregivers (N = 70) living in poverty. The sample was diverse and included mothers, fathers, and grandparents raising grandchildren. Stories of caregivers...
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Daily interactions between parents and children play a large role in children’s emotional development and mental health. Thus, it is important to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying this association within the context of these dyadic social interactions. We suggest that examining cross-brain associations, coordinated brain responses, among...
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Background Recent studies indicate that parent education programs that include content to enhance parents’ mental states may prove efficacious in improving parenting behavior and child outcomes. Objective This study presents findings from a national evaluation of the Active Parenting First Five Years (FFY) program. This group-based parent educatio...
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Theory and research indicate that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are linked to negative parenting attitudes and behaviors. We posit that protective and compensatory experiences (PACEs) in childhood buffer the negative effects of ACEs on later parenting. To test this premise, the present study examined associations between ACEs, PACEs, and att...
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The purpose of this investigation was to examine the association between emotion regulation and adolescent adjustment and whether parent and peer factors moderated this link. The sample consisted of 206 families with 10–18-year-old adolescents from predominantly ethnic minority and low-income families. We assessed emotion regulation and antisocial...
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The parent–adolescent relationship is important for adolescents’ emotion regulation (ER), yet little is known regarding the neural patterns of dyadic ER that occur during parent–adolescent interactions. A novel measure that can be used to examine such patterns is cross‐brain connectivity (CBC)—concurrent and time‐lagged connectivity between two ind...
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Numerous developmental scholars have been influenced by the research, policies, and thinking of the late Edward Zigler, who was instrumental in founding Head Start and Early Head Start. In line with the research and advocacy work of Zigler, we discuss two models that support the development of the whole child. We begin by reviewing how adverse and...
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This theoretical paper introduces six emotion socialization typologies that can be used for designating emotion responsivity styles of parents and peers of children in middle childhood, referred to as Parent and Peer Emotion Responsivity Styles (PPERS). This typology draws on theoretical foundations of meta-emotion and emotion socialization. These...
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Objective This study sought to determine whether gastric symptoms are associated with later eating disorder (ED) symptoms during early adolescence, and whether this relationship is moderated by parental warmth/acceptance and/or the child's sex. Method Longitudinal data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive DevelopmentSM Study were utilized. Particip...
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Peer feedback becomes highly salient during adolescence, especially for girls. The way in which adolescents react to social feedback is associated with psychosocial adjustment and mental health. Consequently, researchers are increasingly interested in understanding the physiological and neural underpinnings of adolescent response to feedback by sim...
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This study used a machine learning framework in conjunction with a large battery of measures from 9,718 school‐age children (ages 9–11) from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive DevelopmentSM (ABCD) Study to identify factors associated with fluid cognitive functioning (FCF), or the capacity to learn, solve problems, and adapt to novel situations. The ide...
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Importance Incidental findings (IFs) are unexpected abnormalities discovered during imaging and can range from normal anatomic variants to findings requiring urgent medical intervention. In the case of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), reliable data about the prevalence and significance of IFs in the general population are limited, making it...
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Aim To examine individual variability between perceived physical features and hormones of pubertal maturation in 9–10-year-old children as a function of sociodemographic characteristics. Methods Cross-sectional metrics of puberty were utilized from the baseline assessment of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study—a multi-site samp...
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This article proposes a model for understanding the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as dynamic and interrelated biobehavioral adaptations to early life stress that have predictable consequences on development and health. Drawing upon research from multiple theoretical and methodological approaches, the intergenerational and cumulati...
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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are widely recognized as predictors of early onset of alcohol and other drug use, problematic substance use, and addiction (Anda et al., Eur Arch Psych Clin Neurosci 256(3):174–186, 2006; Campbell et al., Am J Prev Med 50(3):344–352, 2016; Merrick et al., J Am Med Assoc Pediat 172:1038–1044, 2018). ACEs can have...
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There are significant barriers in engaging pregnant and postpartum women that are considered high-risk (e.g., those experiencing substance use and/or substance use disorders (SUD)) into longitudinal research studies. To improve recruitment and retention of this population in studies spanning from the prenatal period to middle childhood, it is imper...
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Parents’ emotion socialization (ES) practices impact socioemotional development throughout adolescence. Little is known, however, regarding the neurobiology underlying these effects. This study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine how parent ES practices relate to adolescent brain function during emotion processing. Thirty-t...
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Hyperscanning – simultaneous brain scanning of two or more individuals – holds great promise in elucidating the neurobiological underpinnings of social cognitive functions. This article focuses on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) hyperscanning and identifies promising targets for studying the neuroscience of social interaction with fMRI...
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The current study examined associations between parent-adolescent cross-brain connectivity (CBC) and adolescent emotion regulation (ER) strategies. CBC refers to concurrent and/or time-lagged connectivity between parent and adolescent brain regions. Thirty-five parent-adolescent dyads were recruited. Before scanning, adolescents completed the Emot...
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Culturally congruent parenting programs delivered during early childhood have the potential to support diverse families. Legacy for Children™ (Legacy) is a groupbased prevention program designed to promote child development by reinforcing sensitive, responsive mother–child relationships, building maternal self-efficacy, and fostering peer networks...
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Legacy for Children™ is a group-based parenting intervention that has been culturally adapted for Spanish-speaking mothers (Legacy Spanish). In the current study, we used qualitative methods to examine how Legacy Spanish informed parenting knowledge and practices related to early development. Fourteen low-income Spanish-speaking Latina mothers of c...
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Emotion regulation (ER) has a significant impact on adolescent mental health, with greater ER difficulties associated with more depressive symptoms1. Parenting behavior during adolescence is associated with the function of brain networks supporting ER as well as the development of psychopathology2. To understand parenting behavior in the context of...
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Prenatal opioid exposure is associated with delayed locomotor performance at multiple stages of early child development¹,2 and with smaller neuroanatomical structures, such as the basal ganglia.³ The motor cortex, which controls speech and motor skills, may also be vulnerable to drug exposure, but to our knowledge, this has yet to be assessed. Iden...
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The available literature on parent education is growing rapidly. With numerous sources indicating that quality parenting is one of the best predictors of one's developmental trajectory across the lifespan, it has become increasingly necessary to identify the most effective programs and tools for supporting parenting skills and promoting positive ch...
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PurposeFluid cognitive functioning (FCF), or the capacity to learn, solve problems, and adapt to novel situations, is instrumental for academic success, psychological well-being, and adoption of healthy behaviors. Our knowledge concerning factors associated with FCF, including those that may be targeted with interventions to improve outcomes, remai...
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Examining the multitude of influences on the development of adolescent stress responses, especially among low‐income families, is a critical and understudied topic in the field. The current study examined cortisol attunement between adolescent girls and parents (mostly mothers) from predominantly low‐income, single parent, ethnic minority families...
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Legacy for Children™ (Legacy) is an evidence‐based program focused on promoting sensitive, responsive parenting for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. Legacy has recently been culturally and linguistically adapted for Spanish‐monolingual Latino families and is being piloted in partnership with an early childhood education program. We conduct...
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We evaluated an early literacy initiative implemented in partnership with faith-based organizations. Heads of the initiative train church leaders to host monthly literacy events during which those leaders educate parents about child development and model dialogic reading behaviors while caregivers and their children follow along. A survey and focus...
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Although research has demonstrated that both parents and peers influence adolescent development, it is not clear whether these relationships also serve as contexts for emotion socialization. In the current longitudinal study, we investigated whether maternal and peer emotion socialization were related to adolescent girls’ daily emotions, emotion re...
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The parent-child relationship and family context influence the development of emotion regulation (ER) brain circuitry and related skills in children and adolescents. Although both parents’ and children’s ER neurocircuitry simultaneously affect how they interact with one another, neuroimaging studies of parent-child relationships typically include o...
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IMPORTANCE Although suicide is a leading cause of death for children in the United States, and the rate of suicide in childhood has steadily increased, little is known about suicidal ideation and behaviors in children. OBJECTIVE To assess the overall prevalence of suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and nonsuicidal self-injury, as well as family-...
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This study investigated the associations between maternal depression when infants were 3 to 11 months old ( M = 6 months), and positive parenting behaviors when children were between 12 and 22 months ( M = 17 months) and the home language environment assessed when children were 18 to 28 months old ( M = 23.5 months) in a sample of 29 low-income mot...
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How parents manifest symptoms of anxiety or depression may affect how children learn to modulate their own distress, thereby influencing the children's risk for developing an anxiety or mood disorder. Conversely, children's mental health symptoms may impact parents' experiences of negative emotions. Therefore, mental health symptoms can have bidire...
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A child’s early language skills are one of the best predictors of academic success, and a number of community interventions have aimed to increase caregiver–child interactions to improve language development and related outcomes. This article describes ongoing community efforts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aimed at enriching...
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The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is an ongoing, nationwide study of the effects of environmental influences on behavioral and brain development in adolescents. The main objective of the study is to recruit and assess over eleven thousand 9-10-year-olds and follow them over the course of 10 years to characterize normative brai...
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Emotional intelligence allows for the recognition and regulation of emotions in the self and others, making it critical for healthy social and emotional development. Research has shown that the parent-child relationship and family environment are influential in the development of emotion regulation, one key component of emotional intelligence. Howe...
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Background: American Indian (AI) populations suffer disproportionately from cardiovascular disease and depression as compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Behaviors that contribute to obesity are considered obesogenic and include poor diet, low physical activity, and high screen time. This study examined the relationship between depressive sympt...
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This study assessed adolescent respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) reactivity while watching a bullying film clip from Boyz'n the Hood. We emphasized the importance of considering measurement context of RSA and examined whether RSA reactivity moderated the links between environmental factors (i.e., neighborhood violence, parental psychological contr...
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Home-based and community-based parenting programs have become a promising approach for prevention of child abuse and neglect. The current study sought to understand parents’ awareness of parenting programs and experience with family support programs to better understand marketing needs to increase awareness of programs that support children and fam...
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The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is an ongoing, nationwide study of the effects of environmental influences on behavioral and brain development in adolescents. The ABCD Study is a collaborative effort, including a Coordinating Center, 21 data acquisition sites across the United States, and a Data Analysis and Informatics Cent...
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The adolescent brain undergoes profound structural changes which is influenced by many factors. Screen media activity (SMA; e.g., watching television or videos, playing video games, or using social media) is a common recreational activity in children and adolescents; however, its effect on brain structure is not well understood. A multivariate appr...
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This study explored whether parents’ ability to regulate their behaviour and attention, assessed as components of everyday executive function (EF), was influenced by their past adverse experiences – such as abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction – and in turn, influenced current relationships with their children. The sample included 73 parent–child...
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Emotions are an essential component of social exchanges. During social interactions, emotions ebb and flow through the regulation and expression of both positive and negative emotions. Parent-child interactions are the perfect setting for examining this ebb and flow of emotions for several reasons. First, the parentchild relationship is often emoti...
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This special section focuses on research that utilizes neuroimaging methods to examine the impact of social relationships and socioemotional development on adolescent brain function. Studies include novel neuroimaging methods that further our understanding of adolescent brain development. This special section has a particular focus on how study fin...
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Neurodevelopmental maturation takes place in a social environment in addition to a neurobiological one. Characterization of social environmental factors that influence this process is therefore an essential component in developing an accurate model of adolescent brain and neurocognitive development, as well as susceptibility to change with the use...
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In this chapter we provide an overview of the theoretical perspectives informing research and practice in early relationships, including attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, sociocultural theory, infant mental health, synchrony, the biopsychosocial model, and risk and resilience. This overview is followed by future directions for research and p...
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Based on evidence that strong and nurturing relationships between children and caregivers can be improved through evidence-based interventions, the Tulsa Children’s Project (TCP) was designed as a highly integrated set of programs for parents, teachers, and administrators at three high-quality early childhood centers serving low-income children fro...
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the process of building healthy early social and emotional relationships with infants from a developmental perspective. The book synthesizes current research on the contextual influences of attachment, family relationships, and caregiving practices on social-emotional development. Chapters examine the...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the link between neighborhood risk and adolescent antisocial behavior and whether this association was moderated by parent and peer relationships and characteristics. We also explored whether the moderating effects varied by age. The sample consisted of 206 adolescents (ages 10–18 years) from predominantly l...
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Objective: To assess relationships between mothers' feeding practices (food as a reward, food for emotion regulation, modelling of healthy eating) and mothers' willingness to purchase child-marketed foods and fruits/vegetables (F&V) requested by their children during grocery co-shopping. Design: Cross-sectional. Mothers completed an online surve...