Past and current social relationships play a vital role in maintaining both our emotional and physical well-being. THRIVE Lab’s research program examines the links between close relationships, emotional regulation, and health in both children and adults, as well as the ways in which we can harness relationship experiences to enhance health outcomes. Grounded in a lifespan developmental psychopathology perspective, we investigate both normative and pathological developmental processes. A central question of interest is how individual variation in the receipt of care in early childhood influences how people come to experience and express their own emotional and physical needs, as well as how this impacts their ability to respond to these needs in others. Our work is premised on the notion that reactivity to stress is one prominent risk factor for the developmental of mental and physical health problems, as well as the argument that the quality of one’s experiences in close relationships has concurrent and prospective impacts on stress reactivity, and thus, on health. Attachment theory provides a compelling lens for understanding the links between relationship experiences, stress reactivity, and health, and is the main theoretical framework we employ in examining these constructs.
Current THRIVE Lab studies:
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This is a CDC-funded study evaluating the effectiveness of a strengths-based relationship program for low income Latinx parents and youth conducted in collaboration with our community partner, Latino Health Access. If you’re interested in learning more, please email email@example.com.
Growing Together Study
We are currently recruiting moms and 8-12-year-old children to understand the parent-child relationship and their reactions to different stimuli. The first part of the study is conducted at University of California, Irvine. If you’re interested to learn more about the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parenting on the Spectrum
We are currently recruiting for the Parenting on the Spectrum Study, a brief study with mothers of children between the ages of 3 and 7 who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The study is completed online, with the option (for participants living in the Greater Los Angeles Area) of conducting additional sessions in the home. We will ask parents about their experiences of parenthood.
If you’re interested in learning more, please email Gerin Gaskin at email@example.com.