My current research is focused in a few projects.
1. YOUTH VIOLENCE
The Virginia Youth Violence Project has provided a place for us to conduct research on bullying, school violence and school climate. In partnership with the state department of juvenile justice and the department of education we have been able to collect data examining factor which influence students perceptions of safety and support.
2. ADOLESCENT PARENTING STRESS
For over ten years I have researched the stresses experienced by parents trying the raise adolescent children. With the development of the Stress Index for Parents of Adolescent (SIPA) we have been able to examine factors which create the experience of stress in parents and how such experiences may be ameliorated.
3. COUPLES FUNCTIONING
We have developed a model for treating couples based on the examination of four major task in healthy relationships. We currently have been developing instrumentation to measure these factors and measurements of effective treatment for people in relationships.
Adolescent Parenting Stress Project (SIPA)
Also known as the SIPA Project, the Adolescent Parenting Stress Project is intended to examine the stresses experienced by parents with children ages 11-19. Our primary task for the past three years has been the development and testing of the Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents (SIPA). This instrument (1998, PAR Publishers) explores the four-dimensional stresses experienced by parents. It measures parents' perceived stress from their adolescent child, their experience of parenting, the relationship between the child and themselves, and outside life stressors. The project is now using this measure to explore the relationships between parenting stress and a variety of variables such as gender, social support, and clinical experiences and outcomes. Contact Peter Sheras for more information.
Relationship Potential Research Project
This project is developing instruments to measure the major components of healthy, well-functioning relationships. Studies of normal and dysfunctional couples are planned.