Human Development and Family Studies

Anne Fletcher, Ph.D. : Research Interests

Parent–child relationships

Dr. Fletcher studies parent-child relationships and the manner in which parenting shapes and is shaped by child and adolescent behaviors and characteristics. She brings both quantitative and qualitative methods to bear on a variety of research questions that relate to these interests. Recent and in progress projects focus on understanding

  • ways in which parenting styles versus practices emerge based on characteristics and experiences of parents and in turn are related to indicators of child well-being.
  • ways in which parents develop and enforce rules related to adolescents’ use of social technologies (cell phones, social networking sites).
  • how parent-child relationships change as adolescents transition to college, as well as ways in which parenting supports success in this transition.
  • ways in which parents use relationships with other parents as a socialization tool, as well as the benefits of such relationships to children and adolescents.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate work at UNCG focused on some or all of these topics, Dr. Fletcher would love to speak with you about her research. Please contact her at acfletch@uncg.edu.


Youth and adolescent development and risk

Dr. Fletcher is involved in several projects that focus on understanding youth and adolescent development and risk. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research that focuses on

  • how biological sensitivity to stress (as indicated through vagal tone, skin conductance, salivary cortisol, salivary alpha-amylase) and environmental adversity interact to predict early adolescents’ social, psychological, and behavioral adjustment.
  • understanding ways in which parenting both shapes and emerges from the psychological, social, and behavioral well-being of adolescents.
  • adolescent use and misuse of social technologies (cell phones, social networking sites), as well as the meanings that these technologies hold for adolescents.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate work at UNCG focused on some or all of these topics, Dr. Fletcher would love to speak with you about her research. Please contact her at acfletch@uncg.edu.

 

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