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Lauren Papp

Lauren M. Papp

PhD, University of Notre Dame
Professor, Human Development & Family Studies

Intimate and Family Relationships Across the Lifespan; Capturing Naturalistic Relationship and Health Experiences in Daily Life

Broadly, my research focuses on intimate and family relationships as developmental contexts for health and well-being. I look within-couples and within-families to understand the dynamic, reciprocal nature of relationships and their multi-faceted influences on partners, parents, and children. Across studies, I employ multiple methodologies and quantitative analysis for modeling data collected from interdependent partners and family members, often over time in short- and long-term repeated measurements designs.

A central focus of my research has been to elucidate the occurrence and implications of marital conflict in families' homes. For example, we found that although parents shield children from conflict exposure, holding about two-thirds of conflicts when children are not present, marital conflict in the home is handled more negatively (and is more often about the children) when children are present. Other studies have examined topics discussed during marital conflict, indicating that conflicts concerning finances (e.g., spending money, jobs) serve as particularly stressful and unresolved issues for couples. As another example, conflicts concerning intimacy and sex are generally handled constructively, but pose particular challenges for couples when the husband evidences higher levels of depression symptoms. A new investigation will capture day-to-day marital conflict as it occurs among couples living in the empty nest, who have recently transitioned to living with no children after having raised one or more children in the household. A goal for this work is to understand how middle adulthood marriage outcomes are associated with spouses' concurrent and long-term health and well-being.

Representative Publications
Kouros, C. D., & Papp, L. M. (2018). Couples' perceptions of each other's daily affect: Empathic accuracy, assumed similarity, and indirect accuracy. Family Process. Advance online publication.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/famp.12344

Weaver, J. M., Schofield, T. J., & Papp, L. M. (2018). Breastfeeding duration predicts greater maternal sensitivity over the next decade. Developmental Psychology, 54(2), 220.

Blumenstock, S. M., & Papp, L. M. (2017). Sexual distress and marital quality of newlyweds: An investigation of sociodemographic moderators. Family Relations, 66(5), 794-808.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/fare.12285

Hartley, S. L., Papp, L. M., Mihaila, I., Bussanich, P. M., Goetz, G., & Hickey, E. J. (2017). Couple conflict in parents of children with versus without autism: Self-reported and observed findings. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(8), 2152-2165.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1007/s10826-017-0737-1

Ellison, J. K., Kouros, C. D., Papp, L. M., & Cummings, E. M. (2016). Interplay between marital attributions and conflict behavior in predicting depressive symptoms. Journal of Family Psychology, 30(2), 286-295.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/fam0000181

Hartley, S. L., Papp, L. M., Blumenstock, S. M., Floyd, F., & Goetz, G. L. (2016). The effect of daily challenges in children with autism on parents' couple problem-solving interactions. Journal of Family Psychology, 30(6), 732-742.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/fam0000219

Hartley, S. L., Papp, L. M., & Bolt, D. (2016). Spillover of marital interactions and parenting stress in families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 24, 1-12.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1080/15374416.2016.1152552

Kouros, C. D., Papp, L. M., Goeke-Morey, M. C., & Cummings, E. M. (2014). Spillover between marital quality and parent-child relationship quality: Parental depressive symptoms as moderators. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 315-325.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0036804

Papp, L. M., Goeke-Morey, M. C., & Cummings, E. M. (2013). Let's talk about sex: A diary investigation of couples' intimacy conflicts in the home. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 2, 60-72.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0031465

Papp, L. M. (2012). Longitudinal associations between parental and children's depressive symptoms in the context of interparental relationship functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(2), 199-207.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1007/s10826-011-9463-2

Papp, L. M. (2012). The longitudinal role of breastfeeding in mothers' and fathers' relationship quality trajectories. Breastfeeding Medicine, 7(4), 241-247.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1089/bfm.2011.0074

Papp, L. M. (2010). The course and quality of intimate relationships among psychologically distressed mothers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(1), 71-79.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01008.x

Papp, L. M. (2010). Prescription drug misuse among dating partners: Within-couple associations and implications for intimate relationship quality. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(3), 415-423.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0018662

Papp, L. M., & Witt, N. L. (2010). Romantic partners' individual coping strategies and dyadic coping: Implications for relationship functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(5), 551-559.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0020836

Papp, L. M., Cummings, E. M., & Goeke-Morey, M. C. (2009). For richer, for poorer: Money as a topic of marital conflict in the home. Family Relations, 58(1), 91-103.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00537.x

Papp, L. M., Pendry, P., & Adam, E. K. (2009). Mother-adolescent physiological synchrony in naturalistic settings: Within-family cortisol associations and moderators. Journal of Family Psychology, 23(6), 882-894.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/a0017147

Papp, L. M. (2004). Capturing the interplay among within- and between-person processes using multilevel modeling techniques. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 11(2), 115-124.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.appsy.2004.09.002

Papp, L. M., Cummings, E. M., & Goeke-Morey, M. C. (2002). Marital conflicts in the home when children are present versus absent. Developmental Psychology, 38(5), 774-783.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1037/0012-1649.38.5.774

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