The purpose of this project is to explore whether parents’ adverse childhood experience (ACEs) impact their relationship with their child’s Early Head Start teacher. The parent-teacher relationship is important for children because it is related to children’s positive development and social-emotional skills. Research to-date suggests that parents with higher levels of education and lower levels of depression and stress collaborate more with their child’s teacher. Yet, there are no data related to ACEs and the parent-teacher relationship. Interpersonal trauma is associated with a general reduction in the ability to trust helping professionals. This may hinder a parent’s ability to trust his/her child’s teacher, which can impact a child’s classroom experience and learning potential. This study fills a gap in the work related to a parent's history of trauma and its impact on the parent-teacher relationship.
H1: Parents education will be positively correlated with the parent-teacher relationship
H2: Parental stress and depression will be negatively correlated with the parent-teacher relationship
H3: Parents ACEs will predict lower levels of confidence, collaboration, commitment and respect, after controlling for education, stress and depression.
Parents (n = 59, 54% female) were participants in a larger study, Hearts and Minds on Babies (HMB), which evaluates the effectiveness of an integrated, attachment-based intervention for Early Head Start parents and teachers. Self-report data from the pretest study wave will be used. Participants completed the ACEs questionnaire, the Family and Teacher/Provider Relationship Questionnaire and the Parent Caregiver Relationship Scale. First descriptive statistics for demographics and study variables will be examined. Then, correlation analyses will be used to examine relationships between all study variables. Finally, regression analyses will be used to assess the relationship between ACEs and the parent-teacher relationship, after controlling for education, stress and depression.