Daniel Ewon Choe
2019 Hellman Fellow
Assistant Professor, Human Ecology
Project Title: Stress, Self-regulation, and Resilience in Low-income Mothers and Toddlers
Project Description: Almost half of the children under age six in California live in poverty or a low-income household, increasing their risk of maladjustment. Poverty studies typically include school-age children or adolescents, so it is unclear how young children experience and cope with poverty-related stressors. Self-regulation of emotional, behavioral, and physiological stress responses supports coping, but most studies focus on older, middle-class children and do not assess stress and regulation in children and their mothers. This study examines whether low-income toddlers’ and mothers’ social, behavioral, and physiological regulation protect against poverty-related stressors to support resilience.