Anne C. Fletcher

EDUCATION AND TRAINING: *The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolina Consortium on Human Development (1994-1996) *Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1989-1994) Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology *Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania (1981-1985) B.A. in Psychology RESEARCH INTERESTS: Dr. Fletcher studies parent-child relationships and the manner in which parenting shapes and is shaped by child and adolescent behaviors and characteristics. She brings both quantitative and qualitative methods to bear on a variety of research questions that relate to these interests. Recent and in progress projects focus on understanding *ways in which parenting styles versus practices emerge based on characteristics and experiences of parents and in turn are related to indicators of child well-being. *ways in which parents develop and enforce rules related to adolescents’ use of social technologies (cell phones, social networking sites). *how parent-child relationships change as adolescents transition to college, as well as ways in which parenting supports success in this transition. *ways in which parents use relationships with other parents as a socialization tool, as well as the benefits of such relationships to children and adolescents.

There are 24 included publications by Anne C. Fletcher :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Adolescents' Well-Being as a Function of Perceived Interparental Consistency 1999 1288 High school students reported separately on mothers and fathers' responsiveness and demandingness and their own academic achievement and engagement, involvement in problem behavior, psychosocial development, and internalized distress. Mothers and fat...
Associations Between Interparental Relationships and Experiences of Parenting Stress Among Mothers: The Mediating Role of Perceived Control 2009 469 The current study investigated the potential benefits of relationships between parents whose children were friends (closure relationships) within a sample of 404 mothers. Associations between closure and three domains of parenting stress were explore...
Cell Phone Decision Making: Adolescents’ Perceptions of How and Why They Make the Choice to Text or Call 2013 10 The primary aim of this study was to examine how and why adolescents make decisions regarding whether to conduct their communication via texting versus calling features of cellular telephones. Individual semistructured qualitative interviews were con...
The Company They Keep: Relation of Adolescents' Adjustment and Behavior to Their Friends' Perceptions of Authoritative Parenting in the Social Network 1995 2606 Approximately 4,500 14- to 18-year-olds completed questionnaires concerning their parents' practices and their academic achievement, psychosocial competence, behavior problems, and internalized distress. Independent reports from participants' friends...
Context and closure in children’s friendships: Prevalence and demographic variation 2006 349 Third-grade children (N = 404) and their mothers completed questionnaires and participated in interviews designed to identify children’s friendships across the multiple contexts of their lives and to determine the strength of parent-to-parent ...
Context and Companionship in Children’s Short-term versus Long-term Friendships 2010 167 Children (N = 341) and their mothers participated in interviews when children were in fourth and fifth grades. Mothers and children worked together to identify children’s friends across various contexts of their lives. Children rated the companionshi...
Factors Associated With Perceived Parenting Competence Among Special Needs Adoptive Mothers 2006 409 The study reported here considered the nature of associations among children's behavior problems, parenting stress, and mothers' feelings of competence. Seventy-two adoptive mothers reported on their adopted children's behavior problems, their own ...
Identifying children’s friendships across diverse contexts Maternal and child perspectives 2013 139 We examined the extent to which identifications of children’s friends across multiple contexts by both children and their mothers might differ from identifications made by both individuals working in concert as well as the sources of such differences...
Incorporating Issues of Sexual Orientation in the Classroom: Challenges and Solutions 2001 2314 Family studies faculty have an opportunity and a responsibility to address issues related to the development and family lives of sexual minority individuals in graduate and undergraduate courses, This article identifies and discusses 6 challenges inv...
Links Between Social Network Closure and Child Well-Being: The Organizing Role of Friendship Context 2006 478 Third grade children (N = 404) and their mothers completed questionnaires and participated in interviews designed to identify children’s friendships across multiple contexts, determine levels of social network closure for these friendships, an...
Managing Children's Friendships Through Interparental Relationships: Roles of Ethnicity and Friendship Context 2007 398 Twenty African American and European American mothers of fourth-grade students reflected on strategies for managing children's friend. ships maintained across a variety of contexts. Ethnicity differentially located families within specific social con...
Maternal Authority Regarding Early Adolescents’ Social Technology Use 2014 308 Use of social technologies (e.g., cellular telephones, social networking sites) is highly prevalent among American adolescents, in some cases outpacing that of adults (Nielsen Company). Rapid cultural change such as that represented by technological ...
Maternal Management of Social Relationships as a Correlate of Children’s School-Based Experiences 2010 317 We tested a model considering the manner in which mothers’ use of their own social relationships and efforts to facilitate their children’s school-based social relationships were associated with two distinct types of school-based competence: academic...
"The Only 13- Year Old on Planet Earth Without a Cell Phone": Meanings of Cell Phones in Early Adolescents' Everyday Lives 2011 995 Cellular telephones have become an increasingly prevalent feature of contemporary American life, with usage often beginning during early adolescence. With this in mind, twenty 7th graders and their mothers participated in separate qualitative intervi...
Parental Influences on Adolescent Involvement in Community Activities 2000 2782 Youth involvement in extracurricular activities reflects both family socialization influences and civic development. Parents can promote such activity through examples set by personal involvement in the community and through reinforcement of their ch...
Parental Mediators of Associations Between Perceived Authoritative Parenting and Early Adolescent Substance Use 1999 867 Assessed in this study was whether a variety of specific parental behaviors mediated associations between perceived authoritative parenting and early adolescent substance use. Eighth-grade students (N= 182) completed questionnaires about their percep...
Parental Racial Socialization and the Academic Achievement of African American Children: A Cultural-Ecological Approach 2011 709 Using a cultural-ecological approach, this study examined: (a) associations between parental racial socialization and child academic achievement and (b) variations in these associations across child gender and family socio-economic status. Participan...
Parenting Style as a Moderator of Associations Between Maternal Disciplinary Strategies and Child Well-Being 2008 4465 The authors investigate whether parental use of punitive discipline and yielding to coercion varies in levels and associated child outcomes for mothers with different parenting styles. Participants were fourth-grade children (N = 370) and thei...
A Process Model of Parenting and Adolescents' Friendship Competence 2012 74 This study examined the prospective relationship between negative parenting behaviors and adolescents' friendship competence in a community sample of 416 two-parent families in the Southeastern USA. Adolescents' externalizing problems and their emoti...
Race, Class, and Religious Differences in the Social Networks of Children and Their Parents 2012 72 The study is a qualitative investigation of mothers’ perspectives about and their role in negotiating and developing intergenerational closure across race, class, and religious differences and their management of children’s diverse friendships. Black...
Sex Differences in Associations Between Parental Behaviors and Characteristics and Adolescent Social Integration 2000 390 One hundred and eight eighth grade students completed self-report questionnaires about their perceptions of parental warmth, structure, and psychological autonomy granting (used to compute a measure of perceived parental authoritativeness) and three ...
Strategies for Obtaining Parental Consent to Participate in Research 2003 375 Researchers recruiting samples of children through schools typically face considerable challenges in obtaining completed consent forms from parents. Because children whose parents do not return consent forms are not able to participate in research, p...
Structured Leisure Activities in Middle Childhood: Links to Well-Being 2003 2929 Associations between children’s (N = 147) participation in structured leisure activities and their adjustment were examined. Caregivers provided lists of extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, and church activities) in which children participated...
Understanding the Authoritative Parenting—Early Adolescent Tobacco Use Link: The Mediating Role of Peer Tobacco Use 2002 685 Eighth-grade students (N = 156) completed questionnaires in which they reported on their perceptions of parents' warmth. structure, and psychological autonomy granting (used to create an index of authoritative parenting) and their own levels o...