Natasha Cabrera

Natasha Cabrera
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

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Early childhood programs have a robust impact on children’s cognitive skills, behavior, and health. These programs include mostly mothers in their services, but in this chapter, we examine the engagement of fathers in early childhood programs. We begin with a discussion of the context of father involvement and its importance for early child develop...
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The current study examined three research questions: (a) Are unmarried at birth fathers' prenatal and birth-related behavioral, attitudinal, and identity adjustments directly related to father engagement in child-related activities during early childhood and father-child closeness in middle childhood and adolescence? (b) Do father engagement in chi...
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Using Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing data (N = 3259), the current study examined Black and Latinx mothers’ and fathers’ trajectories of engagement in learning activities (e.g., storytelling) from infancy to age 5, and whether those trajectories predicted socioemotional skills at age 9, predictors of the trajectories (poverty, mother‐father no...
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In this special issue, family engagement is defined as the intentional involvement of parents and families in their children's early childhood education (ECE) programs, activities, and services. This is a bi-directional and inclusive process that builds relationships between families and the ECE programs in which their child is enrolled and that su...
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Two meta‐analyses were conducted (N = 10,980 child–father dyads) with 93 studies published between 1983–2020, primarily in North America and Europe, on observed parental sensitivity to children (3–180 months; 48% girls; 14% non‐White) in partnered mothers and fathers. The first meta‐analysis found higher maternal mean levels of observed sensitivity...
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This study examines the risk-related factors during the pandemic and protective factors that might reduce its effects on family functioning in a sample of 161 low-income Hispanic parents in the United States, recruited from an ongoing longitudinal intervention study. They were surveyed about family functioning six months into the pandemic. We focus...
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Lansford (2021) has aptly and eloquently reviewed the vast scholarly research on cross‐cultural parenting and concludes that similarities in parenting norms and behaviors across cultures reflect universally adaptive behaviors for children’s development. Culture‐specific differences are due largely to environmental constraints and affordances as wel...
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We used data from a sample of ethnically diverse first-time parents (N = 186) in the United States to examine differences between mothers’ and fathers’ challenging parenting behavior (CPB) when infants were 9 months old as well as covariates of CPB. We also examined associations between CPB and infants’ social competence and behavior problems when...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has financial and emotional impacts on families. We explored how caregivers’ financial strain and mental health are associated with changes in their young children’s behavior during the pandemic. We additionally considered whether having a sense of purpose moderated these associations. Caregivers ( n = 300) in the emergency de...
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Hispanic children experience poverty at rates two to three times higher than white children. Latino households with children, in general, have high parental employment coupled with low levels of parental education and stagnant parental earnings relative to non-Latino peers. While many Latino children live in neighborhoods that do not have access to...
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The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has been particularly harmful to economically vulnerable families with young children. We surveyed 247 low-income mothers and fathers from 142 families in the United States about changes in their family life following the economic and social restrictions imposed by the pandemic. We examined the associations between pande...
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Research Findings: We assessed socio-emotional behavior, nonverbal reasoning, German receptive language, and motor skills of refugee children attend- ing early childhood development [ECD] programs and of those who did not (N = 207, mean age = 69.4 months). Young refugee children overall demonstrated lower levels of development and more socio-emotio...
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This article synthesizes findings from an international virtual conference, funded by the United States National Science Foundation, focused on the home mathematics environment (HME). In light of inconsistencies and gaps in research investigating relations between the HME and children’s outcomes, the purpose of the conference was to discuss actiona...
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Recent evidence suggests that infants and toddlers may recognize counting as numerically relevant long before they are able to count or understand the cardinal meaning of number words. The Give-N task, which asks children to produce sets of objects in different quantities, is commonly used to test children’s cardinal number knowledge and understand...
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Despite comparatively high levels of poverty, Latinx parents, on average, provide their children with early home experiences that promote development at rates that at least equal that of other demographic groups. From a strength-based perspective, we describe the demographic heterogeneity among Latinx children during early childhood (zero to eight...
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The articles in this special issue are informed by the historic changes in the twentieth century (i.e., decreasing family size, changing family roles, and youth demonstrating more independent behaviors) that propelled intensive study of fathers’ impacts on child development. The papers are conceptualized within a developmental systems framework and...
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The goal of this study is to examine associations among family and child protective factors, maternal and paternal levels of distress, and children’s social competence in a sample of 156 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse first-time mothers and fathers, and their children, followed from 9 to 30 months of age. Using multiple linear regression...
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The Fathers Offering Children Unfailing Support (FOCUS) program serves fathers referred by Child Protective Services and the Attorney General's Office. Our goal was to investigate changes in fathers' report of parenting involvement and fathers' instrumental support through child support payments through two separate studies of community samples. In...
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Parental involvement in interventions is key to their success. Drawing on data from an ongoing book-based parenting intervention aimed at increasing knowledge of child development among fathers and mothers of infants, we examined parents’ participation and quality of their engagement in the first 2 waves of the intervention, when children were 9 to...
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Unscheduled return visits within 72 hours of discharge account for 4% of pediatric emergency department (ED) visits each year and are a quality indicator of ED care. This project aimed to reduce the unexpected 72-hour return visit rate for a network of ED and urgent cares (UC) by improving discharge processes. Methods: A multidisciplinary team co...
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This handbook provides a comprehensive review of the impact of fathers on child development from prenatal years to age five. It examines the effects of the father-child relationship on the child’s neurobiological development; hormonal, emotional and behavioral regulatory systems; and on the systemic embodiment of experiences into the child’s mental...
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The Fathers Offering Children Unfailing Support (FOCUS) program serves fathers referred by Child Protective Services and the Attorney General’s Office. Our goal was to investigate changes in fathers’ report of parenting involvement and fathers’ instrumental support through child support payments through two separate studies of community samples. In...
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This paper used the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study‐Birth Cohort (N = 1,258) to examine the influence of hilevels of cognitive stimulation from mothers, fathers, and childcare providers at 24 months and children’s pre‐academic skills at 48 and 60 months in two parent families. Results from path analysis showed direct positive effects of fathers’...
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Background: Hispanic children and men carry a high burden for obesity and associated medical conditions. Healthy Dads Healthy Kids was the first obesity prevention intervention targeting fathers and demonstrated weight loss among fathers and behavior change among fathers and children in Australia. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility...
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Background: Healthy Dads Healthy Kids (HDHK) is a unique lifestyle obesity intervention for fathers and children that demonstrated weight loss among the fathers and behavior change among fathers and children in Australia. The program is gender-tailored to specifically target fathers for weight loss and 5-12 year old children for obesity prevention...
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Although past studies have shown an association between union instability (i.e., change in family structure) and children’s aggressive behaviors, the mechanism by which this occurs is less understood. This study ( N = 3,387) examined whether father and mother involvement, coparenting support, and maternal responsiveness explained the association be...
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To understand the developmental outcomes of Latinx children growing up poor in the United States, we examine how socioeconomic status (SES) and ethnic minority status jointly condition the development of Latinx children in the United States. To address these gaps, in this chapter we first present a brief demographic profile of Latinx in the United...
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We examined differences in family structure change in an urban sample of mothers (N = 1,314) from their child’s birth to age 5 and whether ecological risk moderated this association. We found that compared with U.S.-born Latino mothers, foreign-born Latino mothers were 62% less likely to break up and 75% less likely to repartner than remain stably...
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Over the last few decades fathers have become an increasing presence in research, yet research on fathers still lags behind that on mothers. In fact, most research on parents still includes the mother. Consequently, there is still much to learn about fathers. This is particularly true for understanding how parent-child relationship functioning in t...
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Fathers are more than social accidents. Research has demonstrated that fathers matter to children's development. Despite noted progress, challenges remain on how best to conceptualize and assess fathering and father–child relationships. The current monograph is the result of an SRCD‐sponsored meeting of fatherhood scholars brought together to discu...
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We examined the association between U.S.-born mothers' and fathers' intrusiveness at 24 months and children's sociability and sustained attention at prekindergarten in a sample of low-income, ethnic minority children (N = 74) enrolled in Early Head Start in the U.S. Event-based coding captured the frequency and intensity of parents' intrusive episo...
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Each year, an average of 16,000 children require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiopulmonary arrest in the United States, and their survival is largely dependent on the provision of optimal and timely resuscitation in concordance with current professional guidelines.1,2 As a profession, emergency department (ED) providers regularly perf...
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Why do fathers matter? Recent conceptual and theoretical advances regarding father–child relationships have demonstrated that fathers affect children's outcomes both directly and indirectly. To attain a complete developmental account of the ecologically rich contexts of child development, in this article, we recommend best practices regarding the c...
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Immigrant parents face a double challenge in rearing their children in a foreign country. In addition to the tasks that all parents face, they must also try to find a balance between the norms and expectations of their heritage culture and those of the culture they live in. How do immigrant parents support their children and contribute to their pos...
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Using a sample (N = 206) drawn from the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2009, we examined African-American and Latino toddlers’ early home environments: family resources (education, income, family structure); parental investments (maternal interactions and literacy activities, father caregiving, and learning materials); and par...
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This study reports on the development and validation of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network coparenting perceptions scale for nonresident fathers. Although other measures of coparenting have been developed, this is the first measure developed specifically for low-income, nonresident fathers. Focus groups were conducted to determine various...
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Using data from a diverse sample of low-income families who participated in the Early Head Start Research Evaluation Project (n = 73), we explored the association between mothers’ and fathers’ playfulness with toddlers, toddler's affect during play, and children's language and emotion regulation at prekindergarten. There were two main findings. Fir...
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Both mothers and fathers play with their children, but research on parent–child play interactions is conducted with mothers three times more often than it is with fathers. The articles in this special issue address this gap by focusing on the nature and quality of father–child play, across cultural contexts, and considering whether father play offe...
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Differences in vocabulary size among children can be explained in part by differences in parents' language input, but features of caregivers' input can be more or less beneficial depending on children's language abilities. The current study focused on a specific feature of infant-directed speech: parents' repetition of words across utterances. Alth...
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Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study (n = 1553), the present study examined whether father involvement and co-parenting quality mediated the association between union instability (number of residential romantic partner changes) over the first 5 years of life and children’s externalizing problem behaviors (EPB) at 5 years....
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The present study examined multiple domains of father involvement and their correlates in a sample of 478 ethnically and racially diverse low-income fathers of 24-month-old children. Regression analyses revealed that paternal resources related to most forms of involvement: Education was related to caregiving and cognitive activities, and income was...
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This chapter reviews the literature on fathers and their unique influences on positive child development in minority children in the United States. It begins with an historical overview of the field of fatherhood research that has been conducted primarily with minority (African American and Latino) families in the United States. It then describes t...
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Objective: To characterize pediatric caregivers' reasons for 72-hour emergency department (ED) and urgent care (UC) returns. Methods: A sample of caregivers returning within 72 hours of initial visit to a pediatric ED or affiliated UC site were surveyed from 11/14-6/15; patients evaluated at outside ED/UCs, scheduled for return, or non-English/S...
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This brief contributes to this body of research by analyzing nationally representative data about Latino fathers. Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), researchers from the National Center for Research on Hispanic Children & Families examine a sample of Latino fathers ages 18 to 44 with biological children ages zero to 18 yea...
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Based on ecocultural theory, this study utilizes focus group interviews to explore the ways Latino immigrant mothers and fathers transmit the values and beliefs they wish their young children to internalize. Findings suggest that parents purposely “pick and choose” values they deem “Latino,” such as the importance of family and values they deem “Am...
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Using a sample (N = 5,200) drawn from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort, we examined Latino boys' developmental profiles and their early home experiences from 9 months to kindergarten entry in comparison to their peers-Latina girls and White boys. We also examined how children's early home experiences related to outcomes at kinder...
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We review the existing literature on how parents prepare their children to navigate an increasingly diverse world. In particular, we focus much of our attention on the ethnic–racial socialization practices and beliefs of ethnic minority and majority groups, as this area of the field is currently the most expounded. We begin by exploring the current...
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Children who present children’s behavioral and emotional problems (BEP) - aggressive and hyperactive behaviors that stem from difficulty understanding and expressing emotions (Denham, et al., 2003) - past the toddler years are at risk for school failure and later behavioral problems (Campbell et al., 2000). A large body of research with American sa...
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Objective To develop reliable and valid measures of nonresident father engagement. Background Although engagement measures exist for resident fathers, they have not been validated for nonresident fathers. Without valid and reliable measures, research on and programs for these fathers are limited in their ability to capture this salient dimension o...
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There are clear associations between the overall quantity of input children are exposed to and their vocabulary acquisition. However, by uncovering specific features of the input that matter, we can better understand the mechanisms involved in vocabulary learning. We examine whether exposure to wh-questions, a challenging quality of the communicati...
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Evidence regarding whether fathers are “essential” for or contribute substantially to children’s development over and above their financial contributions is still emerging. The question of how exactly fathers matter for children’s development has dominated much of the emerging research on fatherhood and has produced some promising findings. In this...
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Fathers' child-directed speech across two contexts was examined. Father-child dyads from sixty-nine low-income families were videotaped interacting during book reading and toy play when children were 2;0. Fathers used more diverse vocabulary and asked more questions during book reading while their mean length of utterance was longer during toy play...
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This article asks whether researchers should seek separate conceptualizations of fathers' and mothers' parenting behaviors. We posit that there is not sufficient evidence to conclude that the constructs of fathering and mothering are unique. Our argument is based on 3 sets of findings. First, there have been a number of studies showing that fatheri...
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We expand our 2007 heuristic model of father involvement using recent research on the dynamic and reciprocal processes by which fathers influence children's development over time. Based on new evidence, our expanded model incorporates more dynamic reciprocity, temporal factors, and nuanced considerations of context in which fathers parent. We ident...
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The current study explored the bidirectional association of children's individual characteristics, fathers' control strategies at 24 months, and children's regulatory skills at prekindergarten (pre-K). Using a sample of low-income, minority families with 2-year-olds from the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project (n = 71), we assessed the...
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This study used a latent difference score growth model to investigate how changes in family structure (biological father and stepfather residence) and maternal employment are associated with American children's externalizing problem behaviours (EPB) from ages 4–10 and whether these associations vary by children's level of self-regulation. For all 4...
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Individual differences in children's language skills have been shown to stem in part from variations in the quantity and quality of parent speech input. However, most research focuses on mothers' input whereas less is known about the effects of variability in father input. In this article, we review the relation between parent input and child langu...
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This second edition reviews the new research findings and theoretical advances on fathers, families, child development, programs, and policies that have occurred in the past decade. Contributors from a range of disciplines and countries showcase contemporary findings within a new common chapter structure. All of the chapters are either extensively...
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Much of the research on coparenting has focused on White, middle-class, two-parent, or post-divorce families, less is known about coparenting in ethnically and culturally diverse families and whether this process has similar predictors and consequences. Given that family process may be different in ethnically and racially diverse families, we might...
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As is often characteristic of the social sciences, the study of father involvement continues to be an insular enterprise, with exciting progress generally occurring within rather than across fields. Consequently, neither threads of similarity nor points of tension have been identified or pursued. The overarching goal of this handbook is to address...
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Objective. Using the Early Head Start dataset, this study examined change over time in European American, African American, and Mexican American mothers’ directiveness during play with their young children and associations between these patterns and their children’s engagement with and negativity toward them. The influences of maternal positive and...
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The major goal of the present study was to examine the reciprocal and longitudinal associations between coparenting conflict and father engagement with children during the early childhood years. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey-Birth Cohort (N = 3600), the findings supported the hypothesis that father engagement at 9 months h...
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We examined the long-term direct and indirect links between coparenting (conflict, communication, and shared decision-making) and preschoolers' school readiness (math, literacy, and social skills). The study sample consisted of 5,650 children and their biological mothers and fathers who participated in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth C...
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This article examines Latino fathers and their influence on child well-being in light of recent demographic, cultural, and social shifts. Through use of a heuristic model of father involvement, this study found great heterogeneity in the way Latino fathers are engaged with their offspring and at least suggests an emerging hybrid that blends traditi...
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This special issue highlights research that responded to the Society for Research on Child Development's Ethics and Racial Issues Committee's call for articles on the positive development of minority children. The call was motivated by committee's goal of promoting developmental research on ethnic minority children and adolescents. The articles in...