The pandemic has created enormous hardship for families. The research team asks how such hardship may impact caregivers’ own emotional well-being and stress, and in turn, the quality of interactions with their children. The researchers will recruit a sample of caregivers and their infants and collect repeated daily measurements, over a 30- to 60-day period, of 1) caregiver-child conversations and 2) caregivers’ hardships, stress and worries, and emotional well-being. The team will assess both contemporaneous and lagged associations among caregivers’ hardships, stress, well-being, and speech to children. The team will use idiographic methods to detect family-specific patterns in addition to larger patterns across the sample.
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