Social, emotional and cognitive competencies serve as a critical foundation for children’s well-being and as protective factors for children growing up in adverse circumstances. These competencies are related to reduced risk for academic, behavioral, mental health, and substance use problems.
However, children experiencing adversity, such as poverty, family stress, and domestic violence, also tend to emerge from childhood with lower levels of social, emotional and cognitive competence. Our research utilizes a bioecological, or whole child, approach to examine the influences of neurobiological stress responses, self-regulation, parenting, family relationships, neighborhood, and economic disadvantage on children’s social, emotional and cognitive well-being.
Research topics include
- Children’s resilience in the face of poverty, family adversity, domestic violence, cancer
- Self-regulation and Coping as protective factors in at-risk children and youth
- Toddlers’ understanding and use of emotions, fairness, and agency in learning
- Parenting and emotion coaching interventions for children in high-risk contexts
- Sports involvement and how coaches and parents can promote positive youth development
Lynn Fainsilber Katz