Sandra Tang

Sandra Tang
University of Michigan | U-M · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
Sandra Tang currently works at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Sandra does research in Developmental Psychology and Quantitative Social Research.

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Publications (27)
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This study examined differences by age, gender, and race/ethnicity in the use of technology and interactive social media from 2013-2016 using data from nationally-representative samples of U.S. 8th and 10th graders (N=40,389). Results indicated that 8th graders watch TV and play video games more than 10th graders; boys play more video games and use...
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This article uses a nationally representative dataset to investigate the extent to which academic-related parenting practices and the home environment during middle childhood (ages 11-13) predict achievement in late adolescence (N = 486; age range: 16-18 years). Results from path analyses indicated that parental endorsement of punitive strategies (...
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Although substantial work has examined the influence of adolescent pregnancy on mothers’ developmental outcomes, few studies have investigated the influence of adolescent mothers’ educational attainment on their children's achievement. This article examined the reading and math achievement trajectories of children born to adolescent and nonadolesce...
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A significant gap remains in our understanding of the conditions under which parents’ racial socialization has consequences for adolescents’ functioning. The present study used longitudinal data to examine whether the frequency of communication between African American parents and adolescents (N= 504; 49% female) moderates the association between p...
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Family educational involvement has been identified as a particularly beneficial practice for the achievement and behavioral outcomes of all students, including ethnic-minority students from families who have low levels of income, education, and English language proficiency. Despite the associated benefits, however, not all families are involved in...
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Among the many factors contributing to the SES-achievement gap, executive function (EF) skills have received a considerable amount of attention, given their role in supporting academic skill development. While recent work has demonstrated that global EF constructs mediate SES-achievement relations, less attention has been paid to unpacking the role...
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With average life expectancy increasing, informal caregiving has become increasingly common among aging families. Much of the research in this area suggests that informal caregiving is associated with negative psychological and physical health outcomes for the caregiver. However, there is an emerging body of work indicating that these negative asso...
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Older adults’ perceptions of the presence and quality of neighborhood resources provide important information about the potential benefit of those resources but are not necessarily concordant with the actual physical resources available in that environment. There is debate about whether subjective perceptions of local context are more important for...
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In this exploratory sequential mixed-methods study, interviews with 125 adults aged 55-92 living in the Minneapolis (Minnesota) metropolitan area suggest that neighborhood boundaries are “fuzzy”. Qualitative analysis of neighborhood perceptions identified race, mobility, driving status, social connections, housing insecurity, land use, urbanicity,...
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Drawing on insights from critical race scholarship, this study examines how access to neighborhood resources varies among black and white older adults. Using Bayesian multilevel models, we estimate how evaluations of one’s neighborhood environment (e.g., perceived access to parks) varies by race, conditional on objective environmental measures (e.g...
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Among the many factors contributing to the SES-achievement gap, executive function (EF) skills have received a considerable amount of attention, given their role in supporting academic skill development. While recent work has demonstrated that global EF constructs mediate SES-achievement relations, less attention has been paid to unpacking the role...
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In this exploratory sequential mixed-methods study, interviews with 125 adults aged 55–92 (mean age 71) living in the Minneapolis (Minnesota) metropolitan area suggested that eateries, including coffee shops and fast-food restaurants, represent popular neighborhood destinations for older adults and sources of wellbeing. Thematic analysis of how old...
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OBJECTIVES/GOALS: Environmental factors may significantly increase the risk of or buffer against Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, yet strategies to address cognitive decline and impairment to date largely overlook the role of neighborhoods. This mixed-methods study is the first to examine potential links between access to eateries and cog...
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Latent class analysis was used to identify patterns of technology and social media use among adolescents in a national study (n = 26,348). Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine associations between latent classes and academics and substance use. Results demonstrated four classes: Infrequent Users (55%), Interactive Users (21%), Televi...
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In the United States, most families in the middle class or higher are expected to finance a significant portion of the cost of their children’s college education. Using data from the Longitudinal Study of American Life (LSAL), we analyse the impact of the Great Recession (GR) on the beliefs about responsibility and plans of parents in their mid- to...
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In much parenting research, a parent’s cognitive ability has been measured by proxy variable using the demographic information on the parent’s education attainment (e.g., years of formal schooling). In this chapter, we review why this one variable is important for understanding both parenting beliefs and behaviors and subsequent influence on child...
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The Food Access Module (FAM) to the PSID is a data resource for researchers interested in examining how the physical food environment is associated with individual well-being in the United States using a nationally representative, longitudinal dataset. Created primarily from data drawn from the National Establishment Time-Series (NETS), a commercia...
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Data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care ( N = 1273) were analyzed to assess the longitudinal relations among executive function (EF) components in early childhood (54 months) and adolescence (15 years) and their prediction of academic achievement. We found that after controlling for early achievement, demographic, and home environment variabl...
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Data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care (N = 1273) were analyzed to assess the longitudinal relations among executive function (EF) components in early childhood (54 months) and adolescence (15 years) and their prediction of academic achievement. We found that after controlling for early achievement, demographic and home environment variables...
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A growing body of literature demonstrates associations between preschool children's exposure to various forms of electronic media and developmental outcomes, exploring factors such as the timing and frequency of children's electronic media exposure, as well as the quality of the content to which they are exposed. More recently, researchers have beg...
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Socializing Children through Language examines interactions between parents and children in the context of achievement, self-regulation, food consumption, and television watching to illustrate how parents of different socioeconomic means interact and discuss a variety of topics in the home. With a sample of families across diverse educational and...
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Parents have always faced challenges in managing the family environment. Within the past decade, these challenges have increased as digital devices and media have become more ubiquitous in the home. The issues faced by families include the appropriate age for children to interact with these devices, whether children's cognitive and social skills ma...
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For a sample of low-income, Spanish-speaking Mexican-American families (n = 72), we investigated associations between family involvement in school-based activities and children's literacy in their preferred language (English or Spanish) during early elementary school. We gave special attention to the potential moderating role of teacher fluency in...
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In this chapter, empirical work on home learning environments and their role in children’s achievement is reviewed. To organize this work, recent theoretical advances addressing the role of sociocultural contexts in children’s development are relied upon (e.g., Chase-Lansdale, D’Angelo, & Palacios, 2007; García Coll et al., 1996; Magnusson & Statti...

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