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Brigitte M. Vittrup, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Fall 2013)
Early Childhood Development and Education
(University of Texas, 2007)

Research Interests

  • Racial socialization practices
  • Media influences on children’s development
  • Childhood guidance and discipline

Recent Publications

Vittrup, B. (in press). Ethnic and racial identity development. In D. Couchenour & J. K. Chrisman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Vittrup, B., Snider, S., Rose, K., & Rippy, J. (in press). Parental perceptions of the role of media in their young children’s lives. Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Rose, K., Vittrup, B., & Leveridge, T. (2013). Parental decision making about technology and quality in child care programs, Child and Youth Care Forum, 42(5), 475-488.

Vittrup, B., & Holden, G. H. (2011). Exploring the impact of educational television and parent- child discussions on children’s racial attitudes.  Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 11(1), 82-104.

Holden, G. W., Vittrup, B., & Rosen, L. (2011). Families, parenting, and discipline. In M. Underwood & L. Rosen (Eds.), Social development: Relationships in infancy, childhood, and adolescence (pp. 127-152). New York, NY: Guilford.

Vittrup, B. (2010). Television in early care programs: Cautions and guidelines. Texas Child Care Quarterly, 34(3), 24-29.

Vittrup, B., & Holden, G. W. (2010). Children’s assessments of corporal punishment and other disciplinary practices: The role of race, SES, age, and exposure to spanking. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31,211-220.

Vittrup, B. (2009). What U.S. parents don’t know about their children’s television use: Discrepancies between parents’ and children’s reports.  Journal of Children and Media, 3(1), 51-67.

Published OpEds:

Vittrup, B., & Alsabah, T. (2015, September 9). Teaching children about other religions can Calm fears, bias. San Antonio Express-News.

Vittrup, B. (2015, August 21). I’m white. My husband is black. Why can’t our children be both?  Coming to grips with interracial families and multiracial people. Houston Chronicle.

Vittrup, B. (2015, August 13). Handcuffs are not the solution to children’s challenging behaviors. Huffington Post.

Vittrup, B. (2015, July 6). How silence can breed prejudice: A child development professor explains how and why to talk to kids about race. Washington Post.

Vittrup, B. (2015, April 29). Is it time to give up spanking? Medium.

Honors & Awards

Mary Mason Lyon Award, 2011
Awarded by Texas Woman’s University to distinguished junior faculty for excellence in teaching, research, and service

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