The Case for Welcoming Immigrant Families

Given the heightened immigration enforcement in the U.S., children of immigrant parents and their families need to be supported in their efforts to acculturate, says the Center’s Anna Gassman-Pines.

In a study of 300 children in North Carolina, Center researchers found that Hispanic children worry a lot more than their peers.

“Within families, everyone is interconnected,” Gassman-Pines says. “When immigrants feel isolated, both mom and dad are interacting with their children in ways that are not as positive for their kids. If we can help immigrants to become more connected — feel like they’re better understood and they also understand the culture — that is better for families.”

Fostering Self-Regulation

Helping Children Manage Emotions

The Administration for Children & Families’ Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation released two briefs featuring Center research on self-regulation — the ability to manage emotions and impulses.

The first, from research scholars Katie Rosanbalm and Christina Christopoulos and UNC colleague Desiree Murray, provides a framework for understanding self-regulation and the range of factors that can affect its development.

The second, from Rosanbalm and Murray, reviews the importance of self-regulation for adolescents and young adults and provides guidelines for supporting self-regulation development.