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Antoinette Farmer


Ph.D., Pittsburgh

Dr. Farmer's research interest include parenting behavior, religion and spirituality, adolescent high risk behaviors, and the evaluation of social work practice.

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Antoinette Y. Farmer (Ph. D., University of Pittsburgh, 1991) focuses on research that examines the social and interpersonal factors that affect parenting as well as how parenting practices influence adolescent high risk behaviors, such as delinquency and substance use. This research agenda has been greatly influenced by the work of Jay Belsky, and she has also modified his ecological model as reflected in her research examining the buffering effect of social support on the relationship between parenting stress and parenting behavior. Her work in the area of parenting has led her to develop and test models to determine what variables may mediate the relationship between parenting and adolescent outcomes. She is also beginning to examine the effects of fathers' parenting practices on adolescents high risk behaviors. Her work has also examined the effects of religion/spirituality on adolescent high risk behaviors. In order to carry out her research agenda, she conducts quantitative data analysis using large national data sets. Her research has been published in Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, and Children and Youth Services Review. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Service Research, which was devoted to informing researchers of the methodological issues confronting them when conducting research with minority and oppressed populations. She has also written several chapters on this issue as well, with the most recent appearing in the Handbook of Social Work Research Methods (2nd Edition). She has served as a consulting editor for Social Work in Education and on the editorial board for Children in Schools. Dr. Farmer has also presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Courses Taught: 

  • Psychopathology
  • Human Behavior & Social Environment (HBSE)
  • Methods of Social Work Research I
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Dissertation Seminar (Doctoral program)

Selected Recent Publications: 

Farmer, A. Y., & Bess, D. (2009). Gender, Ethnicity, and Racial Issues. In B. A. Thyer (Ed.), Handbook of social work research methods (579-590), (Second Edition),Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publication, Inc.

Farmer, A. Y., Sinha, J. W., & Gill, E. (2008). The effects of family religiosity, parental limit-setting and monitoring on adolescent substance use. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 7, 428-450.

Rodgers-Farmer, A. Y., & Davis, D. (2001). Analyzing complex survey data. Social Work Research, 25, 185-192.

Rodgers, A. Y., & Jones, R. L. (2001). Grandmothers who are caregivers: An overlooked population. In N. V. Benokraitis (Ed.), Contemporary ethnic families in the United States (pp. 378-384). Upper Saddle, NJ: Prentice Hall. This article was originally published in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Rodgers-Farmer, A. Y. (2000). Parental monitoring and peer group association: Their influence on adolescent substance use. Journal of Social Service Research, 27,1-18.

Potocky, M., & Rodgers-Farmer A. Y. (Editors). (1998). Social work research with minority and oppressed populations: Methodological issues and innovations. New York: Haworth Press.

Rodgers-Farmer, A. Y. (1999). Parenting stress, depression, and parenting in grandmothers raising their grandchildren. Children and Youth Services Review, 21, 377-388.

Rodgers, A. Y. Multiple sources of stress and parenting behavior. (1998). Children and Youth Services Review, 20, 525-546.

Rodgers, A. Y., & Potocky, M. (1998). Preparing students to work with culturally diverse clients. Social Work Education, 17, 95-100.

Rodgers, A.Y., & Potocky, M. (1997). Evaluating culturally sensitive practice through single-system design: Methodological issues and strategies. Research on Social Work Practice, 7, 391-401.

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