3C Institute regularly publishes in journals in the fields of child psychology, developmental psychology, school psychology, social psychology, character education, and child and family studies. We also contribute to a number of trade publications aimed at mental health professionals who work with children, such as psychologists and school counselors.


Parent’s Beliefs About Children’s Emotions and Parents’ Emotion-related Conversations with Their Children

The goals of the current study were to describe parents’ emotion socialization patterns and to assess relations between parents’ emotion-related beliefs and socialization behaviors during conversations with their children.

Parent Gender Differences in Emotion Socialization Behaviors Vary by Ethnicity and Child Gender

This study examined ethnicity (African American, European American, and Lumbee American Indian) and child gender as moderators of gender differences in parents’ emotion socialization behaviors.

Enhancing Children’s Social Emotional Functioning Through Virtual Game-based Delivery of Social Skills Training

An initial evaluation of the efficacy of Zoo U, an interactive online game for elementary-age children that translates evidence-based social emotional learning strategies into tailored social problem-solving scenes in a virtual world.

Differences Between Japanese and U.S. Children’s Performance on “Zoo U”: A Game-Based Social Skills Assessment

This study tests whether and how performance on a digital game-based social skills assessment tool, "Zoo U," differed for children in the United States and Japan across six core social skills...

Parents’ Emotion-related Beliefs, Behaviors, and Skills Relate to Children’s Recognition of Emotion in the Family

We hypothesized that children develop emotion recognition skill as a function of parents' own emotion-related beliefs, behaviours, and skills...

Anger in the Family: Individual and Dyadic Contributions

We addressed three questions about anger in the family, including the derivation of anger, the presence of anger contagion, and the degree to which family members share perceptions about anger in the family...

Celebrating the Strengths of Black Youth: Increasing Self-Esteem and Implications for Prevention

The purpose of this study was to test the impact of a preventive intervention program, celebrating the strengths of black youth (CSBY), on African American children’s self-esteem, racial identity, and parental racial socialization messages...

Why Ineffective Psychotherapies Appear to Work: A Taxonomy of Causes of Spurious Therapeutic Effectiveness

The past 40 years have generated numerous insights regarding errors in human reasoning. Arguably, clinical practice is the domain of applied psychology in which acknowledging and mitigating these errors is most crucial...

The Feasibility and Acceptability of Arise: An Online Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention Program

The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility and acceptability of a novel online adolescent substance abuse relapse prevention tool, "Arise"...