Project FLIGHT

Families Learning, Interacting, and Growing Healthy Together

Project FLIGHT is a multi-method study focused on identifying how conflict between parents spills over to influence interactions within the parent-child relationship. The project will follow 250 families with a three year old child over the course of a three year period, in hopes of better understanding the impact of interparental conflict on parenting styles. Using self-reports, interparental problem-solving tasks, parent-child interaction tasks, and neurobiological assessments, Project FLIGHT plans to:

  • Examine whether parent’s neurobiological responses to stress during arguments impact parent-child interactions
  • Identify how positive aspects of the interparental relationship may serve  as an explanation for spillover to the parent-child relationship
  • Explore how parents handle conflict among themselves, and how they interact with their child as a result potential spillover

The primary goal of our research is to determine how and why interparental conflict affects parenting skills, thus ultimately impacting the parent-child system. Understanding why this happens may lead to new interventions for helping families who experience these problems. 

U of R Press Release

Project FLIGHT

Official Title: Interparental Relationships and Parenting

Sponsor: National Institute of Child and Human Development

Amount Funded:

$2,900,000 for period of 2016-2021

Principal Investigators:

Melissa Sturge-Apple, Ph.D.
Patrick Davies, Ph.D.