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Low-income Minority Pre-school Children's Social Competence Following Their Parents' Participation in Relationship Education

Adler-Baeder, F., Skuban, E., Kirkland, C., & Vaughn, B. (2011). Low-income Minority Pre-school Children's Social Competence Following Their Parents' Participation in Relationship Education. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, QB.

Abstract: Findings from the current study indicate that RME participation among low income African American parents of preschoolers led to long-term changes in both caregivers and teachers' perceptions of children's social competence. Specifically, children of RME participants were seen as having greater gains in social skills, peer interaction and social competence than their peers on 4 different measures of social competence.

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The Role of Participant-Facilitator Demographic Match in Couple and Relationship Education

Bradford, A., Adler-Baeder, F., Lucier-Greer, M., Ketring, S. & Smith, T. (2011, May). The role of participant-facilitator demographic match in couple and relationship education. Poster presented at the Office of Family Assistance's Healthy Marriage and Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Grantees Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Abstract: The current study examines facilitator abilities and facilitator/participant demographic similarity and the effect these variables have on outcomes of couple and relationship education (CRE). From a sample of 119 facilitators and 3,080 participants, results showed that facilitator quality was associated with facilitator/participant match on sex and was predictive of change in individual and couple quality.

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The Effects of Parent Participation in Relationship/Marriage Education on Co-Parenting and Children's Social Skills: Examining Rural Minorities' Experiences

Adler-Baeder, F., Kirkland, C., Skuban, E.M., Ketring, S. & Smith, T., & Lucier-Greer, M. (2011, May). The effects of parent participation in relationship/marriage education on co-parenting and children's social skills: Examining rural minorities' experiences. Poster presented atthe Office of Family Assistance's Healthy Marriage and Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Grantees Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Abstract: The present study examines the effect of relationship and marriage education (RME) on coparenting quality and social development in preschoolers. A sample of 80 children from Head Start centers in Alabama showed that long-term, sustained changes in social competence for children of parents participating in RME.

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The Implications of Marriage Life Role Salience on Attitudes Towards Counseling in Youth

Staranko, S., McLane, J., Skuban, E., Adler-Baeder, F., Ketring, S., Lucier-Greer, M., Bradford, A., & Smith, T. (2011, March). The implications of marriage life role salience on attitudes towards counseling in youth. Poster presented at the Southeastern Council on Family Relations Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Abstract: The present study examines the relationship between marriage life role salience (MLRS) and attitudes toward counseling (ATC) in a sample of 4,013 youth. Results from the current study showed that higher levels of commitment in youth correlated with more positive ATC.

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The Effect of Selection Versus the Presence of Stepchildren on Remarital Instability

Harcourt, K.T., Lucier-Greer, M., Adler-Baeder, F., Skuban, E., Bradford, A., Ketring, S. & Smith, T. (2011, March). The effect of selection versus the presence of stepchildren on remarital instability. Poster presented at the Southeastern Council on Family Relations Conference, Birmingham, AL.

Abstract: The present study examines the competing hypotheses regarding divorce rates and remarriage by examining stability and dedication measures across (1) first-marrieds without children, (2) first-marrieds with children, (3) remarrieds without children, and (4) remarrieds with children. Results showed that remarried couples with and without children did not differ from each other, but reported lower levels of dedication than first-married couples.

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The Systematic Relationship Between Marriage and Relationship Education and Depression

Bradford, A., Ketring, S., Adler-Baeder, F., Smith, T., & Lucier-Greer, M. (2010, November). The systematic relationship between marriage and relationship education and depression. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract: The present study utilizes a sample of 1,991 individuals participating in community based MRE programs. Findings showed that participants who identified their relationships as in distress showed greater declines in depressive symptoms after relationship education than those who did not.

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Examining Change in Parenting Dimensions in Relation to Change in Couple Dimensions Following Relationship Education

Calligas, A., Adler-Baeder, F., Keiley, M., Smith, T., & Ketring, S. (2010, November). Examining change in parenting dimensions in relation to change in couple dimensions following relationship education. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract: The current study examines the extent to which participation in relationship/marriage education (RME) affects parenting. Results from 582 parents showed direct links between positive changes in the couple relationship and positive changes in the parenting relationship.

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Differential Benefits of Marriage and Relationship Education on Post-Divorce Individuals

Skuban, E.M., Adler-Baeder, F., Ketring, S., Bradford, A., Lucier-Greer, M., & Smith, T. (2010, November). Differential benefits of marriage and relationship education on post-divorce individuals. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract: The current study examines the effects of RME on couple quality and relationship satisfaction in a sample of remarried, post-divorce cohabitating, and post-divorce dating individuals, drawn from the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative. Results showed that cohabiting participants benefited the most in terms of their sense of relationship stability.

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The Effects of Parent Participation in Relationship/Marriage Education on Co-Parenting and Children's Social Skills: Examining Rural Minorities' Experiences

Adler-Baeder, F., Kirkland, C.L., Ketring, S.A., Bradford, A., & Lucier-Greer, M. (2010, May). The effects of parent participation in relationship/marriage education on co-parenting and children's social skills: Examining rural minorities' experiences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Children, Youth, and Families at Risk, San Francisco, CA.

Abstract: The current study examines the effects of parental participation in RME on co-parenting quality and preschool children's social competence on a low-income, minority population. Findings showed that parental participation in RME had sustained positive effects on preschool children's social skills.

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Gender Role Attitudes During Divorce & Remarriage: Plastic or Plaster?

Lucier-Greer, M. & Adler-Baeder, F. (2010, November). Gender role attitudes during divorce & remarriage: Plastic or plaster? Poster at the annual meeting for the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract: The present study examines gender role attitude changes in relation to marital status change over time. Results showed that those who divorced and remained single after time one declined significantly in traditional gender role attitudes, while those who remained continuously married showed a more slight decline.

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Thriving in Stepfamilies: Competence and Well-Being Among African American Youth

Adler-Baeder, F., Russell, C., Lucier-Greer, M., Ketring, S., Kerpelman, J., Pittman, J., & Smith, T., & Bradford, A. (2009, November). Thriving in stepfamilies: Competence and well-being among African American youth. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the National Council on Family Relations, San Francisco, CA.

Abstract: The current study examines five samples of African American youth in two-parent families with varying family structures. Results show no difference on indicators of well-being in youth living in two-parent nuclear families versus two-parent stepfamilies. This may indicate that for African American youth, the presence of a father figure, whether biological or step, is predictive of positive outcomes.

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