Making Sense of Us: A Child and Family Research Clinic

Ever wanted to figure out just how much of an impact parenting has? Whether you're looking to blame parents for today's problems or give credit for a job well done, this lab is the place to study parenting and related factors, including parental psychopathology, discipline, gender, and more!

How to Raise the Perfect Child

Dr. McKinney most enjoys involving students in research. Students typically are involved in conference presentations and literature reviews. Qualified students also may complete independent or collaborative research projects where they begin with a research idea and finish by presenting their data at conferences and in journals. Interested students should email Dr. McKinney at cm998@msstate.edu.

Recent Student Publications (*indicates student)

*McClelland, E. N., & McKinney, C. (2016). Disruptive behavior and parenting in emerging adulthood: Mediational effect of parental psychopathology. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 212-223.

McKinney, C., *Walker, C., & *Kwan, J. (2016). Mother-father dyad conflict strategy clusters: Implications for emerging adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260516683177.

McKinney, C., *Morse, M., & *Pastuszak, J. (2016). Effective and ineffective parenting: Associations with psychological adjustment in emerging adults. Journal of Family Issues, 37, 1203-1225.

*Pollard, M. W., &McKinney, C. (2016). Parental physical force and alcohol use in emerging adults: Mediation by psychological problems. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260516659654.

*Stearns, M., & McKinney, C. (2016). Perceived parental religiosity and emerging adult psychological adjustment: Moderated mediation by gender and personal religiosity. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, doi: 10.1037/rel0000106.

*Walker, C., & McKinney, C. (2015). Parental and emerging adult psychopathology: Moderated mediation by gender and affect toward parents. Journal of Adolescence, 44, 158-167.

Recent Student Presentations at Scientific Conferences

*Rogers, M., & McKinney, C. (2017, May). Parental overcontrol and emerging adult risky sexual behavior: Moderated mediation by gender and peer alienation. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

*Baker, E., *Kwan, J. W., & McKinney , C. (2017, March). Helicopter parenting and parental anxiety effects on emerging adult anxiety. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

*Rogers, M., *Martin, J., & McKinney, C. (2017, March). Parent influence on neuroticism and substance use. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

*Stearns, M. & McKinney, C. (2017, March). Moderation effects of parental warmth and overprotection on the transmission of religiosity from parent to child. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

*Stearns, M. & McKinney, C. (2017, March). Effects of parental religiosity on emerging adult internalizing and externalizing problems: Mediation by personal religiosity. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

*Stearns, M., *Vence, J., & McKinney, C. (2017, March). Transmission of religiosity from parent to child: Moderation by parental anxiety. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

*Stearns, M., *Byars, M., & McKinney, C. (2016, October). Parental and personal religiosity in emerging adults: Moderated mediation by parental warmth and overprotection and gender. Poster session presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, New York, NY.

*Stearns, M., & McKinney, C. (2016, October). Stearns-McKinney Assessment of Religious Traits: Confirmatory factor analysis. Poster session presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, New York, NY.

*Kwan, J. W., & McKinney, C. (2016, May). Socialization of coping: Monkey see, monkey do. Poster session presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

*Stearns, M., *Byars, M., *Martin, J., *Vence, J., & McKinney, C. (2016, May). Parental and personal religiosity in emerging adults: Moderation by gender and parental warmth and overprotection. Poster session presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

*Kwan, J. W., *Pollard, M. W., *Stearns, M., & *Walker, C., & McKinney, C. (2016, March). Emerging adulthood: Are your parents still around? Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Kwan, J. W., & McKinney, C. (2016, March). Effects of disengagement coping on parent-child mental health. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Kwan, J. W., McKinney, C., *Hutchins, B., *Stearns, M. (2016, March). Coping Strategies Inventory: A factor analysis. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Kwan, J. W., *Vence, J., & McKinney, C. (2016, March). Coping responses predicting emerging adult psychological problems. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Pollard, M. W., & McKinney, C. (2016, March). Parental physical force and alcohol use: Mediation by Psychological Problems. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Stearns, M., *Cooper, V., *Doyle, J., & McKinney, C. (2016, March). Effects of parental religiosity on emerging adult psychological problems: Mediation by personal religiosity. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

*Walker, C., *Schroeder, D., *Carter, S., & McKinney, C. (2016, March). Acceptability of corporal punishment among emerging adults. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.