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Dr. Eggum-Wilkens' research is focused on children's, social withdrawal, social competence, as well as socio-emotional and school-related adjustment in the US and international contexts.

Recent Projects

  • Family Migration and Early Life Outcomes (FAMELO) - Migration alters opportunities, resources, and relationships, but we don't fully understand the impact of migration on children who are left behind. This NICHD-funded program (P01), led by Dr. Jennifer Glick, focuses on how differences at child, family, and community levels alter relations between migration and children's outcomes in Nepal, Mexico, and Mozambique. Dr. Eggum-Wilkens' ECLiPSE Lab is leading Project 1 (R01) of the program, which is focused on understanding: what it means to be socially competent and well-adjusted in Nepal, Mexico, and Mozambique; and how familial migration is associated with children's socio-emotional adjustment and its socialization.

  • Social Withdrawal, Anxiety, and Depression: Genetic and Environmental Risk (SAD) - The purpose of this study is to better understand social withdrawal subtypes and contextual variations in shyness in early adolescents. Specifically, we aim to: 1) develop better measures of social withdrawal and shyness subtypes, 2) understand genetic and environmental contributions to social withdrawal subtypes, and 3) examine which subtypes of withdrawal are most strongly related to adjustment problems, including the extent to which these relations are due to genetic or environmental factors.

  • Social withdrawal, Peer relationships, and Academic achievement (SPA) – The purpose of the study is to learn about children’s and teachers’ perceptions of socially withdrawn behaviors, and how withdrawn behaviors are associated with peer relationships and academic performance of 6th through 8th graders in China.
  • FACES Pilot (FP) – Efforts are needed to better understand social withdrawal subtypes (anxious solitude, unsociability, social avoidance) in pre-adolescence/adolescence. The purpose of this study is to validate measures and provide preliminary data regarding the distinguishability of subtypes, as well as associations between subtypes and peer relationships, friendship features, daily activities, and adjustment outcomes in 5th through 8th graders. 
  • Gender, Relationships, and Social Participation (GRASP) – Gender has great bearing on the ways in which men and women interact. Yet, we know almost nothing about relationships between girls and boys in Uganda. The purpose of the GRASP project is to better understand children’s perceptions of gender (i.e., ideas about the manner in which gender relates to personality characteristics, careers, behaviors, and basic rights), as well as to find out how boys and girls interact with one another in friendships and feel about each other.
  • Adjustment and Children of the Karamojong Tribe (ACKT) – Children of the Karamojong tribe in Uganda are likely to endure the loss of family members, disease, hunger, extreme poverty, and discrimination. The purpose of the ACKT project is to understand the events taking place in Karamojong children’s lives, how they cope, how they are socially and emotionally adjusted, and how they feel about their futures.


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