Daniel Ewon Choe

2019 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Human Ecology
UC Davis

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.