Megan Holmes awarded NIH grant to study sibling relationships and child maltreatment

Megan Holmes, Ph.D., alum of the UCLA Spatial Analysis Lab and current Assistant Professor from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University was recently awarded an R03 grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

This study examines the relations between child maltreatment (i.e., neglect, physical abuse, and psychological abuse), sibling structural factors (i.e., sibship size/number of siblings, birth order, gender constellation), maternal warmth, and social-emotional outcomes of IPV-exposed children. Using the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW-I), Dr. Holmes will (1) investigate and compare IPV-exposed children’s patterns of social-emotional adjustment (i.e., externalizing behavior, internalizing behavior, and social skills) over time; (2) determine if the strength and direction of the relationship between IPV exposure and patterns of social-emotional adjustment are affected by maltreatment (i.e., neglect, physical and psychological abuse); (3) investigate the role of sibling structural factors (i.e., sibship size/number of siblings, birth order, gender constellation) as potential mechanisms that differ across these adjustment patterns in children experiencing family violence; and (4) determine whether maternal warmth buffers long-term negative social-emotional outcomes of children experiencing family violence while accounting for influences of sibling structural factors. Dr. Holmes is collaborating with Adam Perzynski, an Assistant Professor from the School of Medicine, and Sonia Minnes, an Associate Professor from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, for the grant.