Susan Dickstein

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Effective emotion regulation may promote resilience and preschool classroom adjustment by supporting adaptive peer interactions and engagement in learning activities. We investigated how hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) regulation, cardiac reactivity, and classroom emotion displays related to adjustment among low-income preschoolers attending Head(More)
The validity of the General Behavior Inventory (GBI) in screening outpatients for chronic unipolar and bipolar affective conditions was evaluated. The GBI was administered to 492 consecutive patients at a university clinic and a community mental health center. Using a stratified random sampling plan, 167 patients were selected and administered blind(More)
The authors compared 31 outpatients with double depression to 50 outpatients with episodic major depression. Patients with double depression exhibited significantly greater impairment, more severe depressive symptoms, greater comorbidity, more personality disturbance, lower levels of social support, more chronic strains, and higher rates of bipolar II and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the course of mothers' depression symptoms in association with child and family functioning beyond that explained by diagnostic status. METHOD A longitudinal high-risk design with 16 months of course-of-illness follow-up was used. Structured clinical and family interviews, direct observation of child social-emotional competence, and(More)
Infants appear to be active participants in complex interactional sequences with their parents far earlier than previously theorized. In this report, we document the capacity of 3-month-old infants to share attention with two partners (mothers and fathers) simultaneously, and trace links between this capacity and early family group-level dynamics. During(More)
We explored attachment in a family context by applying family systems principles to the investigation of multiple attachment relationships within families. This study focused on maternal adult attachment with respect to family of origin experiences (assessed using the Adult Attachment Interview [AAI]) as well as maternal marital attachment (assessed using(More)
Emotions and behaviors observed during challenging tasks are hypothesized to be valuable indicators of young children's motivation, the assessment of which may be particularly important for children at risk for school failure. The current study demonstrated reliability and concurrent validity of a new observational assessment of motivation in young(More)
The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of preventive interventions targeting parents when addressing early childhood behavior problems. The authors briefly review evidence-based parent management training programs, focusing on one particular program, the Incredible Years (IY) Series. Next, the authors discuss the barriers to embedding(More)