Matt Stevenson Ph.D.

I am interested in father-child activation theory and the vulnerability of fathering to marital conflict. I recently found that “activative” fathering, or fathering characterized by highly stimulating and exciting interactions, is uniquely related to improved self-regulation in young children. I am currently developing a behavioral coding system for activative parenting during a parent-child toy teaching task.  Recently, I found that parental self-efficacy (i.e.,feeling incompetent as a father) was a source of father vulnerability to marital conflict, linking the marital system to the parent-child system for fathers, but not for mothers.