Year of Publication
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP)
Dr. Gabriel Ybarra
Dr. Lori Lange
Child abuse studies have measured physiological reactivity of parents in response to several child- and nonchild-related stimuli. Abusive parents have responded to aversive stimuli, including that which is child-related, with atypical physiological reactivity, suggesting a trait of hyperreactivity. The current study tested the hypothesis that variation in observed parenting behaviors is associated with physiological reactivity to childrelated stimuli. To explore this association, researchers measured fathers' skin conductance level, heart rate and respiration rate in reaction to video segments of a quiet, crying and happy infant, then scored observed father-child interactions for the use of parenting warmth and control across four interaction tasks. Additionally, hypotheses concerning the influence of parenting stress and reported child temperament on the observed fathering behaviors were explored.
Hunter, Brian D., "Fathers' Physiological Reactions to Child-Related Stimuli and Observed Fathering Behaviors" (2004). UNF Theses and Dissertations. 245.