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Research Briefs

Want to learn more about how current research connects to parenting? Listed below are numerous research briefs summarizing state of the art research information on topics related to the field of parenting and family relations. Click on the links below to learn more!

Teens Latest Research Briefs. Each year we develop more research briefs that highlight important parent and development issues. Our latest briefs include topics on children of incarcerated parents, improving survey questions, and kinship care.


Parent talking to child Parenting, Child, and Youth Development. These briefs highlight  research that explores topics such as parenting styles, what's  new in parenting and adolescent development and grandparents as caregivers.



Generations Outcomes of CCE Parenting Programs and the Strengthening Families Program. These briefs highlight research that evaluates the CCE Parenting Programs and the Strengthening Families program. The briefs summarize demographic information as well as outline how participants improved from the first day of class to the last.



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Better Understanding Fathers: An Overview of U.S. Fatherhood Trends and Common Issues Fathers Face. This brief discusses national fathering trends and overviews common issues that fathers face.

Why Spanking Should Be Discouraged. This brief reviews a recent research about the effectiveness and ethics of using spanking as a disciplinary tool for children.

Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What is the Latest Research? This brief describes recent research about parenting children with autism.

Games and Children's Brains: What is the Latest Research? This brief describes the most recent findings about the implications of video game use.

Maternal Employment and Child Well-Being. This brief reviews recent research on the linkages between maternal employment and child well-being, and provides implications for policy and practice.

Biological Parents and Kinship Care: It's Complicated!! Research and tips to support families. This brief highlights the complex and influential role of grandparents or other relatives raising children.

Children of Incarcerated Parents. The goal of this research brief is to identify recent trends that result from parental incarceration.

Kinship Care and Communication. This brief highlights the power of consistent, open communication particularly in kinship families (families in which children are being raised by their relatives).

Improving Survey Questions. This research brief overviews seven ways to improve survey questions.

Grandparent Caregivers and Teens in New York State. The goal of this research brief is to better understand families in which grandparents are raising teenaged grandchildren.

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The Benefits of Parenting a Second Time Around. This brief overviews unique strengths that grandparents who act as primary caregivers bring to parenting a second time around.

Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference? The goal of this research brief is to highlight family mealtime research and summarize the implications of research into family mealtimes.

What's New: Parenting and Adolescent Development. This research brief provides an overview of the current research on parenting adolescents. It is intended primarily as a guide for parent educators and other professionals working with parents and caregivers of teens.

Child Care Center Quality and Child Development. This report describes the latest research on indicators of high quality center-based child care.

Parenting Styles and Adolescents. This research brief provides an overview of research on parenting styles and their impact on adolescent development.

Sleep and Children's Weight. This short brief highlights a recent study on the connection between sleep and children's weight.

Characteristics of Cohabiting Families. The purpose of this brief is to highlight recent trends in cohabitation and to describe characteristics of parents who enter into cohabiting relationships. Differences between cohabiting and married parents are also identified, both in demographic traits and risk factors experienced by their children. Finally, some key differences between households with two biological parents and those with step parents are also discussed in terms of children's experiences by family composition.

Characteristics of Relative Caregivers and Children in Their Care. This brief summarizes data from a survey of relative caregivers in New York and highlights possible interventions to benefit these families.

Effective Parent Education Programs. This brief summarizes features of successful parenting programs and describes criteria researchers use to determine the effectiveness of such programs. The goal of this brief is to provide parent educators with information about components of successful parent education programs, and to highlight the ways in which researchers evaluate the effects of such programs.

Grandparents as Caregivers. This research brief focuses on an important, understudied group of children: those not living with parents, who are cared for by relatives. It provides findings on the number of children who are cared for by relatives in New York, the difficult economic circumstances and behavioral and health problems that these children face, the level of involvement that relative caregivers demonstrate with the children in their care, and the wide range of services needed by caregivers.

The Impact of Couples-Based Interventions on Families. As part of the Evolving Family Project, Drs. Phil and Carolyn Cowan, Professors of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, presented a series of papers on the influence of the couple relationship on parenting behavior. This brief provides a general summary of their key papers and presentations.

The Hudson Valley Regional Relatives as Parents Program. This research brief addresses an issue of growing importance: the increasing prevalence of children being cared for by relatives in the absence of parents; and highlights the New York RAPP program.

An Educator's Guide to Family Literacy. Provides educators with a list of organizations involved in family literacy, print resources such as fact sheets, newsletters and other publications, as well as guides to choosing books for children.

                               Outcomes of CCE Parenting and the Strengthening Family Programs                               

Strengthening Families Program: Statewide Outcomes 2007-2008. This report documents outcomes from 16 series of the Strengthening Families Program offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators across 7 counties and New York City from January 2007 through December 2008.

Strengthening Families Program: Statewide Outcomes. This Report documents outcomes from 8 sessions of the Strengthening Families Program offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators across several counties and New York City during 2007.

Strengthening Families Program: Statewide Outcomes 2009-2010. This Report documents outcomes from 6 series of the Strengthening Families Program offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators across 3 counties from September 2009 to September 2010.

Outcomes of Participants in Cornell Cooperative Extrension Discipline is Not a Dirty Word Parent Education Program. This research brief presents data collected from participants in the Discipline is Not a Dirty Word Program held in NY State in 2009-2010.

Outcomes of Participants in Cornell Cooperative Extension Magic Years Parent Education Program. This research brief presents data collected from participants in the Magic Years Program held in NY State in 2009-2010.

Outcomes of Participants in Cornell Cooperative Extension Parenting Skills Workshop Series Parent Education Program. This research brief presents data collected from participants in the Parenting Skills Workshop Series held in NY State in 2009-2010.

Outcomes of Participants in Cornell Cooperative Extension Parent Education Programs. This research brief presents data collected from participants in CCE parent education programs held across NY State between March 2009 and July 2010.