DEVELOPING FAMILY-FOCUSED PREVENTIONS: COPARENTING

Summary

Principal Investigator: MARK ETHAN FEINBERG
Abstract: The central aim of this Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) proposal is to enable the candidate to become an independent investigator in the area of family-focused preventive intervention. The research goals are to pilot a preventive intervention, design and implement booster sessions, collect follow-up data on families and children, and revise the intervention based on feedback and results. This application details a plan for training in specific related areas of research and intervention development. The candidate will be based at the The Pennsylvania State University, in the Prevention Research Center. The sponsor and primary mentor for this award period will be Penn State professor Dr. Mark Greenberg, director of the Prevention Research Center. Co-sponsors will be Dr. Linda Collins, director of the Penn State Methodology Center; Dr. Matthew Sanders, Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland; Dr. John Gottman, noted marital researcher and interventionist; Dr. Irwin Sandier, Director of the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University; and Dr. Martha Cox, director of the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina. The training plan includes coursework in the areas of experimental design, intervention development, biostatistics, observational coding, experimental and research ethics. The mentorship component will focus on prevention science principles, intervention development, family intervention, experimental design and analysis, and observational coding of videotaped family interaction. The research plan includes the pilot test of an intervention to enhance coparenting. The ultimate goal of the integrated training plan, including the coursework, mentorship, and research, is the development of the candidate into an independent research with the ability to design, fund, evaluate, revise, and disseminate preventive family interventions.
Funding Period: 2003-09-01 - 2009-08-31
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc Enhancing coparenting, parenting, and child self-regulation: effects of family foundations 1 year after birth
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University, S 109 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    Prev Sci 10:276-85. 2009
  2. pmc Anxiety and chronic couple relationship stress moderate adrenocortical response to couple interaction in expectant parents
    Mark E Feinberg
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
    Br J Psychol 104:525-42. 2013
  3. pmc Relating engagement to outcomes in prevention: the case of a parenting program for couples
    Louis D Brown
    Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, 1101 N Cambell, Room 409, El Paso, TX 79902, USA
    Am J Community Psychol 50:17-25. 2012
  4. pmc Measurement and correlates of intimate partner violence among expectant first-time parents
    Marni L Kan
    RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 2194, USA
    Violence Vict 25:319-31. 2010
  5. ncbi Effects of family foundations on parents and children: 3.5 years after baseline
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 24:532-42. 2010
  6. pmc Predicting engagement in a transition to parenthood program for couples
    Louis D Brown
    Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, El Paso, TX 79902, USA
    Eval Program Plann 35:1-8. 2012
  7. pmc Mother and father adjustment during early parenthood: the roles of infant temperament and coparenting relationship quality
    Anna R Solmeyer
    Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, United States
    Infant Behav Dev 34:504-14. 2011
  8. pmc Enduring vulnerabilities, relationship attributions, and couple conflict: an integrative model of the occurrence and frequency of intimate partner violence
    Amy D Marshall
    Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 25:709-18. 2011
  9. pmc Establishing family foundations: intervention effects on coparenting, parent/infant well-being, and parent-child relations
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 22:253-63. 2008
  10. ncbi Parenting and adolescent antisocial behavior and depression: evidence of genotype x parenting environment interaction
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, State College, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 64:457-65. 2007

Detail Information

Publications13

  1. pmc Enhancing coparenting, parenting, and child self-regulation: effects of family foundations 1 year after birth
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University, S 109 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    Prev Sci 10:276-85. 2009
    ..Effect sizes ranged from 0.28 to 1.01. Targeting the coparenting relationship at the transition to parenthood represents an effective, non-stigmatizing means of promoting parenting quality and child adjustment...
  2. pmc Anxiety and chronic couple relationship stress moderate adrenocortical response to couple interaction in expectant parents
    Mark E Feinberg
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
    Br J Psychol 104:525-42. 2013
    ..Future research should examine whether pregnancy is responsible for these different gender patterns, or whether the inhibition of negativity is stressful for women with high levels of risk. ..
  3. pmc Relating engagement to outcomes in prevention: the case of a parenting program for couples
    Louis D Brown
    Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, 1101 N Cambell, Room 409, El Paso, TX 79902, USA
    Am J Community Psychol 50:17-25. 2012
    ..Discussion considers implications for FF and the difficulties researchers face when examining the relation between engagement and outcomes in preventive interventions...
  4. pmc Measurement and correlates of intimate partner violence among expectant first-time parents
    Marni L Kan
    RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 2194, USA
    Violence Vict 25:319-31. 2010
    ..Discussion focuses on the methodological and substantive implications of these findings for the study of IPV during the transition to parenthood...
  5. ncbi Effects of family foundations on parents and children: 3.5 years after baseline
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 24:532-42. 2010
    ..These results indicate that a universal prevention approach at the transition to parenthood focused on enhancing family relationships can have a significant and substantial positive impact on parent and child well-being...
  6. pmc Predicting engagement in a transition to parenthood program for couples
    Louis D Brown
    Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, El Paso, TX 79902, USA
    Eval Program Plann 35:1-8. 2012
    ..Discussion focuses on how findings can inform the development of practices that promote engagement, such as the use of targeted outreach efforts for individuals most at risk of disengagement...
  7. pmc Mother and father adjustment during early parenthood: the roles of infant temperament and coparenting relationship quality
    Anna R Solmeyer
    Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, United States
    Infant Behav Dev 34:504-14. 2011
    ..There was little evidence for mother-father differences in these associations...
  8. pmc Enduring vulnerabilities, relationship attributions, and couple conflict: an integrative model of the occurrence and frequency of intimate partner violence
    Amy D Marshall
    Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 25:709-18. 2011
    ..Future research using longitudinal designs is necessary to verify the conclusions suggested by the current results...
  9. pmc Establishing family foundations: intervention effects on coparenting, parent/infant well-being, and parent-child relations
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 22:253-63. 2008
    ..These findings support the view that coparenting is a potentially malleable intervention target that may influence family relationships as well as parent and child well-being...
  10. ncbi Parenting and adolescent antisocial behavior and depression: evidence of genotype x parenting environment interaction
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, State College, University Park, PA 16802, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 64:457-65. 2007
    ..Information on these processes is crucial in designing programs for the prevention of psychiatric disorders...
  11. ncbi Differential association of family subsystem negativity on siblings' maladjustment: using behavior genetic methods to test process theory
    Mark E Feinberg
    Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802, USA
    J Fam Psychol 19:601-10. 2005
    ..The results further understanding of influences on individual differences and support a theory of how parent-child and interparental relationships intersect with sibling relationship dynamics...