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2018

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Mexican-Origin Parents’ Stress and Satisfaction: The Role Of Emotional Support, Tierney K. Popp, Melissa Y. Delgado, and Lorey Wheeler

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Building Strong Family–School Partnerships: Transitioning from Basic Findings to Possible Practices, Susan M. Sheridan and Lorey Wheeler

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Implications of parents’ work travel on youth adjustment, Lorey Wheeler, Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Andrea R. Swenson, Caitlin Faas, Shelby Borowski, and Ruth Nutting

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Video-Based Approach to Engaging Parents into a Preventive Parenting Intervention for Divorcing Families: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial, Emily B. Winslow, Sanford Braver, Robert Cialdini, Irwin Sandler, Jennifer Betkowski, Jenn-Yun Tein, Lisa Hita, Mona Bapat, Lorey Wheeler, and Monique Lopez

2017

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Depressive Symptoms in Mexican-Origin Adolescents: Interrelations Between School and Family Contexts, Prerna G. Arora and Lorey Wheeler

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Mapping the Quality of Life in Nebraska: The Geographic Distribution of Poverty, Grant Daily, Rodrigo Cantarero, Maria Rosario de Guzman, Soo-Young Hong, Sarah Taylor, Aileen Garcia, Jeong-Kyun Choi, and Yan Ruth Xia

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Elementary preservice teachers’ attitudes and pedagogical strategies toward hypothetical shy, exuberant, and average children, Qizhen Deng, Guy Trainin, Kathleen Moritz Rudasill, Irina Kalutskaya, Stephanie Wessels, Julia Torquati, and Robert J. Coplan

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Sibling relationship quality and Mexican-origin adolescents' and young adults' familism values and adjustment, Sarah E. Killoren, Sue A. Rodriguez De Jesus, Kimberly A. Updegraff, and Lorey A. Wheeler

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A randomized trial examining the effects of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation in rural schools: Student outcomes and the mediating role of the teacher–parent relationship, Susan M. Sheridan, Amanda Witte, Shannon R. Holmes, Michael J. Coutts, Amy L. Dent, Gina Kunz, and ChaoRong Wu

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The efficacy of conjoint behavioral consultation in the home setting: Outcomes and mechanisms in rural communities, Susan M. Sheridan, Amanda Witte, Shannon R. Holmes, and ChaoRong Wu

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Mexican-Origin Youth's Risk Behavior from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: The Role of Familism Values, Lorey A. Wheeler, Katharine H. Zeiders, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Sue A. Rodriguez de Jesus, and Norma J. Perez-Brena

2016

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Bicultural Competence and the Latino 2.5 Generation: The Acculturative Advantages and Challenges of Having One Foreign-Born and One U.S.-Born Parent, Jessica M. Dennis, Ana Laura Fonseca, Guadalupe Gutierrez Ramirez, Jillian Shen, and Sibella Salazar

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Family Influences on Mexican American Adolescents’ Romantic Relationships: Moderation by Gender and Culture, Fanita A. Tyrell, Lorey A. Wheeler, Nancy A. Gonzales, Larry Dumka, and Roger Millsap

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Romantic Relationship Experiences from Late Adolescence to Young Adulthood: The Role of Older Siblings in Mexican-Origin Families, Lorey A. Wheeler, Sarah E. Killoren, Shawn D. Whiteman, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Susan M. McHale, and Adriana J. Umana-Taylor

2015

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Start with Us! Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Preschool Classroom, Tonia Renee Durden, Elsita Escalante, and Kimberly Blitch

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Mexican-American Adolescents’ Gender-Typed Characteristics: The Role of Sibling and Friend Characteristics, Norma J. Perez-Brena, Lorey A. Wheeler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, and David R. Shaefer

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Examining the Validity of the Homework Performance Questionnaire: Multi-Informant Assessment in Elementary and Middle School, Thomas J. Power, Marley W. Watkins, Jennifer A. Mautone, Christy M. Walcott, Michael J. Coutts, and Susan M. Sheridan

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Mexican-Origin Parents’ Work Conditions and Adolescents’ Adjustment, Lorey A. Wheeler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, and Ann Crouter

2014

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Childcare and Youth Training and Technical Assistance (CYTTAP) 2014 Evaluation Report, Kit Alviz and Tonia Durden

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Conjoint Behavioral Consultation: Implementing a Tiered Home-School Partnership Model to Promote School Readiness, Brandy L. Clarke, Susan M. Sheridan Dr., and Kathryn E. Woods

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An Introduction to Conjoint Behavioral Consultation via Distance Delivery (CBC-D), Michael J. Coutts, Shanon R. Holmes, Susan M. Sheridan, and Tyler E. Smith

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It Takes a Village! Culturally Relevant and Sustainable Education for African American Preschoolers, Tonia Durden

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Race Still Matters: Preparing Culturally Relevant Teachers, Tonia Renee Durden, Caitlin McMunn Dooley, and Diane M. Truscott

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Culture Matters — Strategies to Support Young Children’s Social and Cultural Development .G2241, Tonia Renee Durden, Elsita Escalante, and Kimberly Blitch

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Culture Matters — Strategies to Support Your Young Child’s Social and Cultural Development .G2242, Tonia Renee Durden, Elsita Escalante, and Kimberly Blitch

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Children’s Attitudes towards Peers with Disabilities: Associations with Personal and Parental Factors, Soo-Young Hong, Kyong-Ah Kwon, and Hyun-Joo Jeon

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CONGRUENCE IN PARENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS, Kathleen M. Minke, Susan M. Sheridan, Elizabeth Moorman Kim, Ji Hoon Ryoo, and Natalie A. Koziol

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Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools Annual Report 2013-2014, Susan M. Sheridan

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The Past, Present, and Future of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation Research, Susan M. Sheridan Dr., Brandy L. Clarke, and Kelly A. Ransom

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The Influence of Rurality and Parental Affect on Kindergarten Children’s Social and Behavioral Functioning, Susan M. Sheridan Dr., Natalie A. Koziol, Brandy L. Clarke, Kristin M. Rispoli, and Michael J. Coutts

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Treatment Integrity in Conjoint Behavioral Consultation: Active Ingredients and Potential Pathways of Influence, Susan M. Sheridan, Kristin M. Rispoli, and Shannon R. Holmes

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Mexican American Adolescents’ Gender Role Attitude Development: The Role of Adolescents’ Gender and Nativity and Parents’ Gender Role Attitudes, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Susan M. McHale, Katharine H. Zeiders, Adriana J. Umana-Taylor, Norma J. Perez-Brena, Lorey A. Wheeler, and Sue A. Rodriguez De Jesus

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Mexican-Origin Parents’ Latent Occupational Profiles: Associations with Parent-Youth Relationships and Youth Aspirations, Lorey A. Wheeler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Adriana Umana-Taylor, and Jenn-Yun Tein

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The Impact of Parent-Teacher Relationships on Student Behavior During Intervention and One Year Later, Amanda Witte and Susan M. Sheridan

2013

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Childcare and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project (CYTTAP) January 2013 Evaluation Report, Kit Alviz and Tonia Durden

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Childcare and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project (CYTTAP) November 2013 Evaluation Report, Kit Alviz and Tonia Durden

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Childcare and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project (CYTTAP) May 2013 Evaluation Report, Kit Alviz and Tonia Renee Durden

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Child Care Expansion Initiative: Ripple Effect Mapping: October 2013 Executive Summary, Kit Alviz and Tonia Renee Durden

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Keeping Children Moving, Active, and Healthy. HEF609, Participant Guide, Tonia Durden, Jennifer K. Gerdes, Ruth E. Vonderohe, Kayla Colgrove, LaDonna Werth, Lorene Bartos, Leslie Crandall, and Carrie Miller

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Extension's Capacity to Deliver Quality Early Childhood Professional Development, Tonia Durden, Claudia C. Mincemoyer, Jennifer Gerdes, and Kathleen Lodl

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Critical Reflectivity and the Development of New Culturally Relevant Teachers ., Tonia Renee Durden and Diane M. Truscott

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Materials and Environments that Promote Learning in the Primary Years .G2199, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia Renee Durden, and Leanne Manning

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The Importance of Outdoor Experiences in the Primary Years .G2202, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia Renee Durden, Leanne Manning, and Julia Torquati

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Brain Development and Learning in the Primary Years .G2198, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia Renee Durden, and Lisa M. Poppe

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Play and Learning in the Primary Years .G2200, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia Renee Durden, and Lisa M. Poppe

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The Role of Relationships in the Primary Years .G2201, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia Renee Durden, and Lisa M. Poppe

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Preparing Adults to Work with Youth: An Environmental Scan of Professional Development, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia R. Durden, Claudia C. Mincemoyer, and Kathleen Lodl

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Preparing Adults to Work with Youth: An Environmental Scan of Professional Development, Jennifer Gerdes, Tonia R. Durden, Claudia C. Mincemoyer, and Kathleen Lodl

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Theory Guided Professional Development in Early Childhood Science Education, Soo-Young Hong, Julia Torquati, and Victoria J. Molfese

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Parent Beliefs and Children’s Social-Behavioral Functioning: The Mediating Role of Parent-Teacher Relationships, Elizabeth Moorman Kim, Susan M. Sheridan Dr., Kyongboon Kwon, and Natalie A. Koziol

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Relations of Parenting Quality, Interparental Conflict, and Overnights with Mental Health Problems of Children in Divorcing Families with High Legal Conflict, Irwin N. Sandler, Lorey A. Wheeler, and Sanford L. Braver

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The Efficacy of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation on Parents and Children in the Home Setting: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial, Susan M. Sheridan, Ji Hoon Ryoo, Andrew Garbacz, Gina M. Kunz, and Frances L. Chumney

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Head Start Classrooms and Children’s School Readiness Benefit from Teachers’ Qualifications and Ongoing Training, Seung-Hee Claire Son, Kyong-Ah Kwon, Hyun-Joo Jeon, and Soo-Young Hong

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Mexican-origin Youths’ Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms: The Role of Familism Values, Katharine H. Zeiders, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Adriana J. Umana-Taylor, Lorey A. Wheeler, Norma J. Perez-Brena, and Sue A. Rodriguez

2012

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Are We There Yet? Examining Sociocultural Contexts of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Antibias Teachings in Early Childhood, Tonia Durden and Kimberly Blitch

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Randomized Trial of a Broad Preventive Intervention for Mexican American Adolescents, Nancy A. Gonzales, L. E. Dumka, R. E. Millsap, A. Gottschall, D. B. McClain, J. J. Wong, M. German, A. M. Mauricio, Lorey A. Wheeler, F. D. Carpentier, and S. Y. Kim

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Two Approaches to Teaching Young Children Science Concepts, Vocabulary, and Scientific Problem-Solving Skills, Soo-Young Hong and Karen E. Diamond

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Congruence within the Parent-Teacher Relationship: Associations with Children’s Functioning, Elizabeth Moorman Kim, Kathleen M. Minke, Susan M. Sheridan, Natalie A. Koziol, Ji Hoon Ryoo, and Kristin M. Rispoli

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A Contextual Approach to Social Skills Assessment in the Peer Group: Who Is the Best Judge?, Kyongboon Kwon, Elizabeth Moorman Kim, and Susan M. Sheridan

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Mexican-Origin Youth's Cultural Orientations and Adjustment: Changes from Early to Late Adolescence, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Adriana J. Umana-Taylor, Susan M. McHale, Lorey A. Wheeler, and Norma Perez-Brena

2011

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Ages and Stages: 2- and 3-Year-Olds .G2105, Leslie Crandall, Mary E. Nelson, Jacqueline M. Guzman, Ruth E. Vonderohe, Gail L. Brand, Marilyn S. Fox, Lisa M. Poppe, LaDonna Werth, Tonia Renee Durden, and RaSheema Pitt

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Making it Happen: Building Positive Relationships with Children. HEF601 Participant Guide, Tonia Durden

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Ages and Stages: Infant (0-12 Months) .G2103, Tonia Renee Durden, Gail L. Brand, Marilyn S. Fox, Jacqueline M. Guzman, Lisa M. Poppe, LaDonna A. Werth, Mary E. Nelson, Leslie Crandall, Ruth E. Vonderohe, and RaSheema Pitt

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Community Capacity Building: Supporting Military Children and Families Environmental Scan of Extension Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood and School-Age Providers: Final Report, Jennifer K. Gerdes, D. Felix, Amanda Prokasky, Tonia Durden, and Kathleen Lodl

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Ages and Stages: Toddler (12-24 Months) .G2104, Jacqueline M. Guzman, Ruth E. Vonderhole, Gail L. Brand, Leslie Crandall, Tonia Renee Durden, and RaSheema Pitt

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Ages and Stages: 3-, 4- and 5-Year-Olds .G2106, Lisa M. Poppe, LaDonna A. Werth, Jacqueline M. Guzman, Gail L. Brand, Marilyn S. Fox, Leslie Crandall, Tonia Renee Durden, and RaSheema Pitt

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Family income, parent education, and perceived constraints as predictors of observed program quality and parent rated program quality, Julia Torquati, Helen Raikes, Catherine Huddleston-Casas, James A. Bovaird, and Beatrice A. Harris

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Work and Mexican American Parent-Adolescent Relationships: The Mediating Role of Parent Well-Being, Lorey A. Wheeler and Kimberly A. Updegraff

2010

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Young Children’s Decisions to Include Peers with Physical Disabilities in Play, Karen E. Diamond and Soo-Young Hong

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Parenting Self-Efficacy and Parenting Practices over Time in Mexican American Families, Larry E. Dumka, Nancy A. Gonzales, Lorey A. Wheeler, and Roger E. Millsap

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Reflective Journeys Toward Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Tonia Renee Durden and Diane M. Truscott

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Early Literacy Checklist — In the Home .G1991, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Durden

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Symbols in Literacy Development .G1990, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia R. Durden

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CAR — A Strategy for Learning .G1988, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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Early Literacy Checklist — Classroom .G1992, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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Infants and Toddlers —Developing More Than One Language .G1989, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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Infants Develop Language Naturally. G1984, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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Relationships: The Heart of Language and Literacy .G1987, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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Sharing Stories, Songs and Books. G1986, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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The Power of Family Literacy. G1985, Janet S. Hanna, Kayla M. Hinrichs, Carla J. Mahar, John Defrain, and Tonia Renee Durden

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The Learning Child: Keys to Enhancing Learning. HEF595 Participant's Guide, Janet S. Hanna, Eileen M. Krumbach, Sarah Effken Purcell, Debra E. Schroeder, Mary K. Warner, and Tonia Renee Durden

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Implementation of a relationship-based school readiness intervention: A multidimensional approach to fidelity measurement for early childhood, Lisa L. Knoche, Susan M. Sheridan, Carolyn P. Edwards, and Allison Q. Osborn

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Helping Children Resolve Conflict: Pitfalls to Avoid During Conflict Mediation .G2015, Marjorie Kostelnik, Mary E. Nelson, Debra E. Schroeder, Sarah Effken Purcell, Eileen M. Krumbach, Janet S. Hanna, Tonia Renee Durden, John Defrain, and Kathy R. Bosch

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Helping Children Resolve Conflict: Aggressive Behavior of Children .G2016, Marjorie Kostelnik, Sarah Effken Purcell, Debra E. Schroeder, Mary E. Nelson, Eileen M. Krumbach, Janet S. Hanna, Tonia Renee Durden, John Defrain, and Kathy R. Bosch

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Communicating with Families: Communication Techniques .G2004, Marjorie Kostelnik, Debra E. Schroeder, Sarah Effken Purcell, Mary E. Nelson, Eileen M. Krumbach, Janet S. Hanna, Tonia Renee Durden, John Defrain, and Kathy Bosch

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Communicating with Families: Communicating with Families of Infants .G2005, Marjorie Kostelnik, Debra E. Schroeder, Sarah Effken Purcell, Mary E. Nelson, Eileen M. Krumbach, Janet S. Hanna, Tonia Renee Durden, John Defrain, and Kathy R. Bosch

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Helping Children Resolve Conflict: Conflict Mediation Model .G2014, Marjorie Kostelnik, Debra E. Schroeder, Sarah Effken Purcell, Mary E. Nelson, Eileen M. Krumbach, Janet S. Hanna, Tonia Renee Durden, John Defrain, and Kathy R. Bosch

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The Nature of Teacher Talk during Small Group Activities, Julie Rainer Dangel and Tonia Renee Durden

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Family involvement for children with disruptive behaviors: The role of parenting stress and motivational beliefs, Carrie A. Semke, S. Andrew Garbacz, Kyongboon Kwon, Susan M. Sheridan, and Kathryn Woods

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Parent Engagement and School Readiness: Effects of the Getting Ready Intervention on Preschool Children’s Social-Emotional Competencies, Susan M. Sheridan Dr., Lisa Knoche, Carolyn P. Edwards, James A. Bovaird, and Kevin A. Kupzyk

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Attitudes and Beliefs of Marriage and Family Therapists Regarding Psychotropic Drugs and Therapy, Paul Springer and Steven M. Harris

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Conflict Resolution in Mexican-Origin Couples: Culture, Gender, and Marital Quality, Lorey A. Wheeler, Kimberly A. Updegraff, and Shawna M. Thayer

2009

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Professional Development to Support Parent Engagement: A Case Study of Early Childhood Practitioners, Jill R. Brown, Lisa L. Knoche, Carolyn P. Edwards, and Susan M. Sheridan Dr.

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Conventional Morality, Maria Rosario de Guzman

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Postconventional Morality, Maria Rosario de Guzman

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Preconventional Morality, Maria Rosario T. de Guzman

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Review of Forming ethical identities in early childhood play by Brian Edmiston, Tonia Renee Durden and Julie Rainer Dangel

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Pattern Recognition of Longitudinal Trial Data with Nonignorable Missingness: An Empirical Case Study, Julia Hua Fang, Kimberly A. Espy, Maria L. Rizzo, Christian Stopp, Sandra A. Wiebe, and Walter W. Stroup

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The Early Development of Gender Differences, Matthew H. McIntyre and Carolyn P. Edwards

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Professional Development in Early Childhood Programs: Process Issues and Research Needs, Susan M. Sheridan, Carolyn P. Edwards, Christine A. Marvin, and Lisa L. Knoche