Communications and Family Relations Project

Principal Investigators: Mark Cummings, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, and Joshua Diehl, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame.

The Communication and Family Relations Project is a research based intervention project with an aim of helping community families to use more constructive conflict behaviors. We teach family members about different types of conflict, how it can impact the marital relationship, as well as the children in the home. We also discuss how to resolve conflicts more constructively and how to slow down conflict conversations so that everyone involved has an opportunity to share their own thoughts.

We recruited families which included parents who lived together in the same home, who had a child of any age with an intellectual or developmental disability, as well as a typically developing child between the ages of 11 and 17.

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