American Psychological Foundation

Grant will further research on mother-child communication

Elizabeth O'Neal, of the University of Iowa, was awarded the $5,000 Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Research Grant to support her dissertation project on the ways low-income mothers talk to their children about safety.

To date, most research on parents' roles in children's safety has looked at how parents supervise their kids. Much less is known about the best ways for parents to teach their children about safety, particularly among low-income families. Building on preliminary research with middle-income families, O'Neal aims to find out how low-income mothers and children talk about safety. She hopes the work will inform topics such as how parent-child conversations can help prevent childhood injuries.

The Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Research Grant is an annual $5,000 grant to support research related to the prevention of injuries in children and young adults through accidents, violence, abuse or suicide. For more information, visit the APF website.

From Warsaw to New Orleans: APF grantee presents at Psychosocial Workshop

Monika Mynarska, PhD, of Warsaw, Poland, has received the APF $1,500 Henry David Travel Grant to travel to and participate in the Psychosocial Workshop. Held in New Orleans on April 9–10 in conjunction with the Population Association of America's annual meeting, the workshop is a gathering of psychologists, social scientists and other health professionals who focus on reproductive health and other population issues.

Mynarska is a researcher at the Institute of Psychology at Cardinal Stefan University in Warsaw, where her work focuses on forming bonds and childbearing.

She presented her study, called "Childless by Choice? Analysis of Motivation of Childless People." Mynarska's goal is to improve the understanding of childlessness in Poland, which is becoming more common. Some forecasts estimate that 25 percent of women under age 40 may remain childless. Mynarska's work explores how individual desires and motives shape a person's decision not to have children.

She received a master's degree in psychology from the University of Warsaw and a PhD in demography from the University of Rostock in Germany.

APF's Henry David Fund supports young psychologists with a demonstrated interest in the behavioral aspects of human reproductive behavior or an area related to population concerns. To learn more about the fund, visit APF's website.

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