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CDV 498 Directed Research

The purpose of directed research experience is to provide students with the opportunity to develop research skills that would give them insights into how we build knowledge in the field and consequently develop critical thinking skills.  Research experience will also enable students to explore their own interest in pursuing a graduate degree and/or a career in child development research.

To sign up for CDV 498, first review the current research projects (see below).  Choose a project that matches your interest.  Fill out the Directed Research sign-up form and make an appointment to meet with the faculty supervisor associated with that project.  When you meet with the faculty supervisor you will discuss what you will do over the course of the semester, what you would be expected to accomplish by the end of the semester and how your performance will be graded.  Complete the form with the help of the faculty supervisor, turn in the form at the Child Development Program office, and then enroll for CDV 498.  You must turn in the completed form signed by the faculty supervisor before enrolling for CDV 498.

Students must complete the sign-up form before the first week of the semester in which they would like to participate in directed research.

Current Research Projects

Review the following projects for CDV 498 Directed Research and contact the faculty supervisor associated with your project of interest to get more information about the project and complete the CDV 498 sign-up form.


Identity Formation in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood



This project examines emerging adults’ ideas of social class and the processes through which they come to perceive social class as an aspect of their own identity. The focus is on identifying the experiences that trigger emerging adults’ awareness of their social class status and whether and how they explore and come to a resolution about the meaning that their class status has for their own sense of self.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Kimberley Radmacher



Children’s Conflict Resolution with Friends and Parents



The way children resolve conflicts with their peers is closely related to their adjustment in the peer group.  This project examines the conflict between schoolage children and their friends and children and their parents.  The primary purpose is to investigate how children resolve conflicts with their friends and whether this related to how the children’s parents’ resolve conflicts with them.  In short, what are the connections, if any, between how conflict is resolved between children and their parents and children and their friends?

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anupama Joshi



Child Custody and Family Adjustment



This project connects psychological and legal dimensions to investigate individual and family adjustment processes during and after child custody litigation.  Currently, the research is focused on understanding the impact of procedural justice and distributive justice on families in child-custody litigation. This means whether and how fair court procedures matter to families in terms of their psychological adjustment, their health, their compliance with court orders, and their re-litigation rates. Because justice has been found to be important to people's motivation when dealing with others, the social psychology of procedural justice - the fairness of rules and processes – is used as a conceptual framework. The ultimate objective of this work is to contribute to an improvement of the policies and practices that govern the design and delivery of court services to families. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Cornelia Brentano



Project on Cross-cultural patterns in marriage and divorce trends



The objective of this cross-cultural research is to advance current understanding of how important social variables (e.g., economic conditions, religion, political stability and freedom, literacy rates, gender equality) influence prevailing patterns in the marriage and divorce trends of 70+ nations. Over the past century, the probability of divorce or separation among married or cohabiting couples has increased. Concurrently, marriage rates have decreased or marriage has been delayed to older ages in many countries. However, such changes are more pronounced in some countries than others. The present study offers a systematic presentation of the variables that influence the differences in trends among countries. For more information please see my Faculty website.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Cornelia Brentano


Children’s Self and their Conflict Resolution Strategies



This project investigates the link between children’s self-concept, social self-efficacy, emotion expression and conflict resolution strategies.  In other words, do children’s ideas conceptions of themselves, whether children think they can successfully interact with their peers, and whether children can express their emotions are all related to how they react to conflict situations.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anupama Joshi



Firearms and Anxiety



Developmentally, adolescents are considered to be at a risk for heightened anxiety.  Considering the current developments in the world that involve violence, and increased sales of firearms, this study focuses on the links between adolescent anxiety, parental anxiety and the presence of firearms in the home.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anupama Joshi



Narrative Study of Women’s Childhood Relationships



This study examines the autobiographies written by young adult women describing childhood relationships, neighborhoods, school experiences, peer relationships, dating and aspirations for the future.  A strength of this qualitative approach to studying childhood relationships is that it provides us with the individual’s interpretation and meaning-making of her own experience.  These perceptions are an important contributor to overall adjustment.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anupama Joshi