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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. http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Teaching-children-about-other-religions-can-calm-6493236.php

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. http://bit.ly/1Pqnqq4

Vittrup, B. (2015, August 13). Handcuffs are not the solution to children’s challenging behaviors. Huffington Post. http://huff.to/1INzNsl

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.http://wapo.st/1CgwvjA

Vittrup, B. (2015, April 29). Is it time to give up spanking? Medium.https://medium.com/@Birgitte_V/is-it-time-to-give-up-spanking-64efe52bd05b

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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