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McNair Scholar 2012Amy Neguse

Amy Neguse is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Family Social Science and minoring in Family Violence Prevention. Her research interests revolve around the effects of adversity on the parent-child relationship of culturally diverse families, parent education, and prevention programs focused on the family system. Ms. Neguse plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy.

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My dream is to encourage healthy family relationships among underrepresented populations within our community. With my motivation and passion for families and education, I plan to develop intervention and prevention programs in order to create healthy family systems and to motivate youth to obtain a higher education

Research project

Do Proximal Reasons for Homelessness Predict Observed Parenting in Shelters?

Abstract: The reasons given by parents for coming to a shelter were examined in relation to observed parenting quality (specifically, problem solving skills) based on a parent-child interaction task. Data were drawn from a study of 138 children and parents staying in an emergency shelter. Associations of reasons with parenting were studied to test hypotheses that financial and interpersonal stress may disrupt effective parenting. Results indicated that the reasons generally were not related to effective parenting and only one reason showed an effect. Parents endorsing “left by person supporting me” showed better parenting than non-endorsers of this reason. Based on the percentage of parents who endorsed specific reasons, results also indicated that financial reasons for coming to the shelter were the most common. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Ann S. Masten is a Distinguished McKnight Professor at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College in 1973 and her Ph.D. in 1982 in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Masten’s research seeks to understand the processes that promote competence and prevent problems in human development. Her work emphasizes pathways to resilience and positive adaptation in the context of high cumulative risk, adversity, and trauma. Dr. Masten has published numerous empirical, theoretical and review papers and has presented at countless conferences worldwide. Dr. Masten was one of the first McNair faculty mentors at the University.