Adolescence development; social and emotional adjustment; parenting practices; ethnic minority families; at-risk families
Professor Ronald D. Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Taylor graduated with a BA in Developmental Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in Developmental Psychology and then joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. In addition to his position in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Taylor has been affiliated with the Center for Research in Human Development and Education where he served as a Senior Research Associate. Dr. Taylor’s work has been focused on factors associated with the social and emotional adjustment of ethnic minority adolescents. His work has focused on family relations, including parent styles and parenting practices and the links to African American adolescents’ psycho logical well-being. Dr. Taylor’s work has also examined the association of family’s social support network and the links to parent and adolescent functioning. In his work Dr. Taylor has been especially interested in assessing potential mediating and moderating processes linking family and kinship relations with adolescents’ adjustment. Dr. Taylor has also served as Director of the Developmental Area in the Department of Psychology and Assistant Director of Center for Research in Human Development and Education.
Taylor, R.D. (in press). Kin social undermining, adjustment and family relations among low-income African American mothers and adolescents: Moderating effects of kin social support. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
Taylor, R. D., Budescu, M., Gebre, A., & Hodzic, I. (2014). Family financial pressure and maternal and adolescent socioemotional adjustment: Moderating effects of kin social support in low income African American families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 242-254
Budescu, M., & Taylor, R. D. (2013). Order in the home: Family routines moderate the impact of financial hardship. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 34, 63-72.
Taylor, R. D. & Budescu, M. (2013). Emotional adjustment and distressed interpersonal relations among low income, African American mothers: Moderating effects of demanding kin relations. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 58-66.
Roberts, D. D. & Taylor, R. D. (2012). Racial identity as a buffer to discrimination among low income African American adolescents: An examination of academic performance. In J. M. Sullivan (Ed.). African American Racial Identity: A Research Exploration Across Disciplines. (pp. 317-434). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Lanham, MD.
Taylor, R. D., Lopez, E. I., Budescu, M. & McGill, R. K. (2012). Parenting practices and adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems: Moderating effects of socially demanding kin relations. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 474-485.
Taylor, R. D. (2011). Association of poverty with family relations and children’s and adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment. In S. Redding, M. Murphy and P. Sheley (Eds). Handbook on Family and Community Engagement. (pp. 125-129). Academic Development Institute / Center on Innovation & Improvement. Lincoln, Il.
Budescu, M. & Taylor, R. D. & McGill, R. K. (2011). Stress and African American women’s smoking/drinking to cope: Moderating effects of kin social support. Journal of Black Psychology, 37, 452-484.
Taylor, R. D., Budescu, M. & McGill, R. K. (2011). Demanding kin relations and depressive symptoms among low-income African American women: Mediating effects of self-esteem and optimism. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 303-308.
Taylor, R. D. (2011). Kin support and parenting practices among low income African American mothers: Moderating effects of mothers’ psychological adjustment. Journal of Black Psychology, 27, 3-23.
Lanza, I. H. & Taylor, R. D. (2010). Parenting in moderation: Family routine moderates the relation between school disengagement and delinquent behaviors among African American adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 540-547.
Taylor, R. D. (2010). Social contexts and adolescent school engagement. In M.B. Spencer, D. P. Swanson, and M. Edwards (Eds). Adolescence, Development During a Global Era. (pp. 389-414). Elseiver.
Taylor, R. D. (2010). Risk and resilience in low income African American families: moderating effects of kin social support . Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Social and Personality Development
Development of Ethnic Minority Children
Social and Personality Development