Adaptation & Resilience in Children Study (ARCS)

ARCS is a large study that seeks to understand how family conflict and other stressors affect the development and behavior of young children. ARCS will help us to identify ways that families and professionals can help to build resilience in young children who have experienced family conflict or violence.

We invite participation from mothers and their 4- to 6-year-old children. We are seeking mothers who have experienced partner conflict and mothers who have not experienced it. Mothers must be 18 years or older and be able to answer study questions in English.

This study involves a visit to our child-friendly laboratory. Mothers answer survey and interview questions and do activities with their children. Kids do computer and puzzle-like activities with one of our team members. In addition, kids “talk” with our puppets about their feelings and experiences. We also use safe, sticky sensors to see how kids react to different emotional facial expressions presented on a computer screen. (Don’t worry! We explain all about the sensors at the time of the visit – mothers decide about it once they see how it all works.)

There is plenty of time for breaks and snacks. The visit usually takes about 3 to 4 hours. Because kids usually finish before mothers do, we entertain them while they wait. Our lab is at 65 Kane Street in West Hartford. This is close to I-84 and bus routes. It is a building over from the Goldroc Diner.

Mothers can earn up to $250 in gift cards to Stop and Shop. Children receive several gifts and prizes, including a UConn Health Kid Scientist t-shirt and backpack, toys, and other prizes.

Travel support is available as needed. If visits occur during mealtime, we will help to coordinate so that you and your child can eat.

Want to find out more? Contact research coordinator, Victoria Scranton at 860-798-8790 or enrollment specialist Mayra Pino at 860-384-5102.

Want to know if you are eligible? Visit the ARCS U01 Screening Tool to answer our questions and find out if you are eligible in minutes!