The National Science Foundation has awarded a $336,898 grant to Robert Laird through LSU A&M. Laird has a joint appointment with the LSU AgCenter, and the grant will allow him to continue his research on parenting teenagers.
Laird seeks to understand how parents’ awareness and interactions with their children change as children become teenagers. Laird’s research team plans to recruit 200 fifth grade students and their parents and interview them once a year for the next three years. They will focus on identifying change in parents’ awareness and intrusiveness and will attempt to connect changes in awareness and intrusiveness with developmental changes in the child, the parent and the parent-child relationship.
The research will provide information for parents, interventionists and therapists on how the transition from childhood to adolescence influences parenting and parent-child relationships.
(This article appeared in the fall 2005 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)