The Child Development and Family Relationships Laboratory at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, directed by Naama Atzaba-Poria,PhD, explores relationships and child development in families experiencing stressful life conditions (e.g., immigration, raising children with developmental or chronic health problems).
Our research is guided by the ecological and transactional models; we believe that children can affect their environment and study children and their families while taking into account the multiple layers of environmental experience. Furthermore, we are especially interested in the process whereby children and parents develop and thrive, or alternatively, put them at-risk for maladjustment and developmental difficulties. We are particularly interested in the role of the father in facilitating healthy child outcomes. We believe that fathers are not a replica of mothers and merit more investigation. Finally, through working with clinical populations, our research provides theoretical, basic scientific insights as well as practical, clinically-relevant contributions.