About the Lab The Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships (LSCFR) is located within the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland – College Park. The LSCFR was established in 1995 by Dr. Kenneth H. Rubin. The primary goal of the LSCFR is to advance our understanding of child and adolescent social and emotional development.
We are particularly interested in vulnerability and resilience among children at-risk for maladaptive psychosocial outcomes. Our current projects include basic research on:
The development of adaptive (social competence; civic engagement) and maladaptive (social withdrawal; aggression) social behaviors and peer relationships (friendship; peer acceptance and rejection; bullying and victimization; early romantic relationships) in childhood and adolescence.
The determinants and stability of parent-child relationships, parenting behaviors and beliefs about normal and abnormal/dysfunctional development.
Predicting the development of adaptive and dysfunctional child and adolescent outcomes from the constellation of biological factors (e.g., temperament), context (e.g., culture), parenting and parent-child relationships, and peer relationships. Positive outcomes include social and emotional competence. Negative outcomes include social anxiety, depression, loneliness, rejection sensitivity, and negative self-esteem.
Cultural influences on parenting, parent-child relationships and children’s social and emotional development.
The effects of traumatic brain injury on children’s social, social-cognitive, and emotional lives at home and school.
Our current projects also involve applied research on:
The effects of intervention experiences for socially anxious and withdrawn young children.
The effects of preschoolers’ exposure to theater on their creativity, sociodramatic play, theory of mind, and social competence.
The research of the LSCFR has, at its core, the notion that “normal” and “abnormal” social behaviors and relationships are best understood within their given cultural contexts. Consequently, much of the work of the LSCFR is conducted not only in North America, but also in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.
Our Location: University of Maryland Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology Room 0101 Benjamin Building College Park, MD 20742