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A research guide for Human Development and Family Studies.
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As the librarian for Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS), I consult, communicate, and collaborate with students and faculty affiliated with the department. I teach classes and workshops on accessing and using information sources, and I provide one-on-one consultations in-person and via email. I also purchase new books, journals, multimedia, and other resources to support HDFS.

Check out the tabs above for information about and links to article databases, journals, websites, and other research-related resources. Please contact me, via contact information on the right, with questions about research or instructional support, accessing or purchasing resources, or suggestions for this website.

I look forward to working with you!

- Catherine


Featured New Books

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Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult cCeativity
Call Number: BF717 R77 2014 (HSSE Library 2nd floor)
"Converging evidence suggests that pretend play in childhood has an important role in providing a foundation for adult creativity. Indeed, many of the processes central to creativity occur in pretend play. In this book, Sandra W. Russ reviews the theory and research on pretend play and creativity, including cognitive and affective processes involved in play and creativity, possible evolutionary purposes of play, and its cultural variations. In particular, she highlights the importance of pretend play in helping children to access emotional memories and fantasies. She explains how creative processes in play can be measured using the Affect in Play Scale, which she developed and is included in the volume. Additionally, she describes play interventions designed to encourage creativity in children, with transcripts of sessions from a pilot intervention. Brief case studies of creative adult scientists and artists are also presented, illustrating similarities in play processes and creative processes in adulthood. Given the need for highly developed creativity in science, engineering, and the arts, the link between pretend play and creativity is important to explore. This book explores what we know about the topic and how researchers might approach future studies in this area."

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The States of Child Care: Building a Better System
Call Number: HQ778.63 G23 2014 (HSSE Library 2nd floor)
"This accessible, up-to-date account of the chronic issues plaguing child care reform offers viable solutions drawn from a model state child care system in North Carolina. Original data from interdisciplinary research illustrates the complex landscape of U.S. child care, as well as the ambiguious relationship society has with the sobering statisitc that 64% of women with children under 6 are employed and in need of relable, high-quality care of their young children. The book features: the history and demographics of U.S. child care policy; analysis of several persisitent forces impeding the emergence of a national child care system; contemporary ideas about motherhood, employment, and child care for pay; an extensive review of research on child care and child development; and recommendations focusing on policy integration and workforce development."

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Fast-Forward Family: Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle-class America
Call Number: eBook
"Called "the most unusually voyeuristic anthropology study ever conducted" by the New York Times, this groundbreaking book provides an unprecedented glimpse into modern-day American families. In a study by the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives and Families, researchers tracked the daily lives of 32 dualworker middle class Los Angeles families between 2001 and 2004. The results are startling, and enlightening. Fast-Forward Family shines light on a variety of issues that face American families: the differing stress levels among parents; the problem of excessive clutter in the American home; the importance (and decline) of the family meal; the vanishing boundaries that once separated work and home life; and the challenges for parents as they try to reconcile ideals regarding what it means to be a good parent, a good worker, and a good spouse."

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Catherine Fraser Riehle
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