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Dr. Christina Rodriguez

Dr. Christina Rodriguez (Psychology) received a grant award from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Predicting Later Parent-Child Aggression in Expectant Parents: The Triple F Study.” Physical aggression toward children pervades this country as evidenced by alarming child abuse statistics and widespread use of physical discipline, impacting the short-term and long-term emotional and physical welfare of children, the abstract notes. “The principal goal of the Following First Families (Triple F) project is to identify risk factors predictive of parent-child aggression (PCA) using a theoretically-grounded model. This longitudinal research study examines how attitudes and behaviors of both mothers and fathers during pregnancy predict later abusive attitudes and behavior toward their infants. The theoretical foundation for this project is Social Information Processing (SIP) theory, focusing on the cognitive processes parents potentially experience that increase their risk to engage in PCA. Based on this model, the project aims to pinpoint in a distinctively rigorous fashion the most powerful predictors of PCA that are also potentially therapeutically modifiable to enhance prevention.”