The Child Development and Family Relationships (CDFR) Laboratory at the University of Michigan focuses on the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children in the family context. Dr. Volling has conducted extensive research on fathering and children’s development, in addition to children’s sibling relationships. She has two areas that are most prominent in the CDFR lab, one is her focus on advancing research on fathering and children’s development with her students and international collaborators and the second is her longitudinal investigation into the changes in family life and children’s adjustment when a baby sibling is born, The Family Transitions Study,  with colleague, Richard Gonzalez.

Recent Publications

The SRCD Monograph presenting the initial findings from the Family Transitions Study examining changes in children’s behavior problems following the birth of an infant sibling: 

Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., Oh, W., Song, J-H., Yu, T., Rosenberg, L., Kuo, P. X. Thomason, E., Beyers-Carlson, E., Safyer, P., & Stevenson, M. M. (2017). Developmental trajectories of children’s adjustment across the transition to siblinghood: Pre-birth predictors and sibling outcomes at one year. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82(3), Serial No. 326. https://doi.org/10.1111/mono.12307

The SRCD Monograph resulting from the work of the International Working Group on Advancing Research and Measurement on Fathering and Children’s Development: 

Volling, B. L. & Cabrera, N. J. (2019). Advancing research and measurement on fathering and children’s development. Monographs of the Society for Research on Child Development, Vol. 84 (1).  https://doi.org/10.1111/mono.12404


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Representations of Siblings in Young Children’s Literature