Child Maltreatment Research

Kindergarten Transition Study (KiTS)

The KiTS project (2003-2007) is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) through a Research Career Award to Dr. Haskett. It is anticipated that knowledge gained from the research will inform intervention efforts for abused children and their families and will advance the articulation of socialization models of developmental psychopathology.

The first aim of the study is to examine pathways from parenting to children's social and academic adjustment in the school environment. The pathways to be examined are based on attachment theory and a social information processing framework for understanding children's social development. Pathways are shown in the model below.

The second aim of the proposed research is to identify factors associated with stability and malleability of adaptation as children negotiate the transition from childcare settings to a formal schooling environment. The degree to which salience of specific protective and risk factors change as the child progresses through that stage-salient task will be investigated. Children will enter the study in the middle of their final year of preschool and will be followed to first grade.

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 Publications

  • Carmody, K. A., Haskett, M. E., Loehman, J., & Rose, R. (2015). Physically abused children's adjustment at the transition to school: Child, parent, and family factors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 957-969. DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-9906-7

    Okado, Y., & Haskett, M. E. (2014). Three-year trajectories of parenting behaviors among physically abusive parents and their link to child adjustment. Child and Youth Care Forum. DOI: 10.1007/s10566-014-9295-5

    Hawkins, A. L., & Haskett, M. E. (2014). Internal working models and adjustment of physically abused children: The mediating role of self-regulatory abilities. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 135-143.

    Haskett, M. E., Neupert, S. D., & Okado, Y. (2013). Factors associated with three-year stability and change in parenting behavior of abusive parents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 263-274. DOI:10.1007/s10826-013-9729-y

    Haskett, M. E., Stelter, R., Proffit, K., & Nice, R. L. (2012). Associations among family emotional expressiveness, children’s self-regulation, and school behavior of abused children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 296-307.

    Kim-Spoon, J., Haskett, M. E., Longo, G. S., & Nice, R. L. (2012). Longitudinal study of self-regulation, positive parenting, and adjustment problems among physically abused children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 95-107.

 Presentations

  • Rowley, C., Yuko, O., & Haskett, M. E. (2016, April). The relationship between parental psychopathology and symptoms in physically abused children. Presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • Okado, Y., & Haskett, M. E. (2015, March). Trajectories of negative play behavior and self-reported competence in physically abused young children. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Haskett, M. E., & Loehman, J. (2013, August). Correspondence among reporters of parenting in cases of physical abuse: Implications for practice and research. Paper presented in K. Budd (Chair), Widening the lens of child maltreatment parenting risk assessment: New perspectives. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI. 
  • Carmody, K. A., Haskett, M. E., & Loehman, J. (2011, November). Relational trauma and resilience: Child, parent, and family relationship factors promoting positive outcomes among physically abused children. Paper to be presented in Relational trauma and the impact on children: Assessing beyond behavior at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.
  • Field, S. A., Shelton, C., Newsome, J., & Haskett, M. E. (2011, October). Perceived competence and comfort with teachers as predictors of self-directed learning behavior in at-risk elementary school students. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association. Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Loehman, J., Massoglia, A., Barnett, S., Rothenberg, D., & Haskett, M. E. (2011, October). Stability of relational schemas of physically maltreated children. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association. Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Haskett, M. E. & Stokes, L. (2011, August). The intersection of child maltreatment and family homelessness. Co-Chair, Section on Child Maltreatment presidential symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
  • Sullivan, K., Haskett, M. E., Shanahan, M., Appleyard, K., & Proffit, K. (2011, August). Parenting of abusive parents measured by observers, children, and self-report: Associations with child adjustment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
  • Shelton, C., Hawkins, A., & Haskett, M. E. (2011, May). A study of children’s portrayal of dolls in narrative stories. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Los Angeles.
  • Massoglia, A., Barnett, S., Rothenberg, D., Loehman, J., & Haskett, M. E. (2011, April). Relationship schemas of physically abused children: Links to social-emotional adjustment in kindergarten. Poster presented at the annual convention of the NC Psychological Association, Chapel Hill NC.
  • Shelton, C., McNally, M., Rapp, H., & Haskett, M. E. (2011, April). Child self-regulation as predictor of early school adjustment of physically abused children. Poster presented at the annual convention of the NC Psychological Association, Chapel Hill NC.
  • Appleyard, K., Haskett, M. E., Hawkins, A. L., Shanahan, M. E., & Sullivan, K. (2011, April). Early parenting and social competence: The mediating roles of representation and self-regulation in a maltreated preschool sample. Paper presented in Herbers, J. E. (Chair), Parenting in contexts of risk: Observations and associations with child regulation and adjustment. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Shelton, C. (2010, August). Child’s play or future indicator: Study of children’s portrayal of dolls in narrative stories and how they relate to life. Poster presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, NCSU. Raleigh, NC
  • Jordan, K., McNally, M., Shelton, C., Laney, M., & Proffit, K. (2010, April). Parenting and children’s aggression: The role of self-regulation. Paper presented at the annual Carolina’s Psychology Conference. Raleigh, NC
  • Haskett, M. E., Allaire, J. C., & Nice, R. (2009, November). Factors associated with stability of parenting dimensions among maltreating parents over three years. In Y. Okado (Chair), Cognitive, Emotional, and Developmental Risk Factors in Child Maltreatment. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, New York.
  • Proffit, K., Nice, R., & Haskett, M. E. (2009, October). The mediating role of maltreated children’s self-regulation in the link between family emotional expressiveness and children’s socioemotional adjustment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Raleigh, NC
  • Lynn, A., Beasley-Rogers, A., & Haskett, M. (2008, October). Attachment representations and themes in maltreated children: Relationships between the child and the parent. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Charlotte, NC.
  • Bristol, B., Sauber, S., Nice, R., & Haskett, M. E. (2008, April). The relation between parental mental health and self-regulation of children. Poster presented at the annual spring meeting of the North Carolina Psychology Association. Chapel Hill, NC