Caitlin McRae started her PhD in 2018 in both the REACH and ELLA Labs. Her research focuses on the role of co-parenting following conflict in order to uncover factors that influence the relationship between parental conflict and child outcomes. Coparenting refers to the parents’ relationship in reference to the child that they are caring for. It encompasses behaviours that reflect the broader dimensions of support and undermining.
Coparenting is an important aspect of parenting to study as supportive co-parenting might attenuate the potentially harmful effects of conflict spill-over on children. To examine these questions, Caitlin will utilize questionnaire and observational measures during family interactions to capture the intricacies of family functioning. By understanding how co-parenting following conflict may influence child outcomes, Caitlin hopes to contribute knowledge that could help to develop interventions to improve family functioning post-conflict.
McRae, C.S., Overall, N.C., Henderson, A.M.E., Low, R.S.T., & Chang, V.T. (online advance). Parents’ distress and poor parenting during COVID-19: The buffering effects of partner support and cooperative coparenting. Developmental Psychology. Special Issue: Parenting and Family Dynamics in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. doi.org/10.1037/dev0001207
McRae, C.S., Overall, N.C., Henderson, A.M.E., Low, R.S.T., & Cross, E.J. (online advance). Conflict-Coparenting Spillover: The role of actors’ and partners’ attachment insecurity and gender. Journal of Family Psychology. doi.org/10.1037/fam0000884