IF Research

The Intentional Family Project is based on an extensive literature review and original research. Here, we share citations of our research articles, book chapters, presentations, and other publications about children, adolescents, families, and programs. Some articles will have additional links for more information. This page may be of most interest to fellow researchers:

PUBLICATIONS

Intentional Families 

  1. Melton K. & McAninch, N. (June 2019). Intentional families: Propensity to plan family time across the family life cycle. Poster presentation at American Association for Family & Consumer Sciences. St. Louis, MO. https://intentional.family/?p=907
  2. Melton, K. K. & McAninch, N. (2018). From healthy to thriving: Conceptualization of purposive resource management of intentional families. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. 

Parenting, Child & Adolescent Development

  1. King, E. & Melton, K. (2018). Children’s spaces in the home from the 19th through the 21st Network. Minnesota, MN: National Council for Family Relations.
  2. Edwards, M. B., Theriault, D. S., Shores, K. A. & Melton, K. K. (2014). Promoting youth physical activity in rural southern communities: Practitioner perceptions of environmental opportunities and barriers. The Journal of Rural Health, 30(4). 379–387. doi:10.1111/jrh.12072

Family Time & Leisure

  1. Melton, K., Larson, M., & Boccia, M. (2019) Examining couple recreation & oxytocin via the creation of family experience framework. Journal of Marriage & Family.
  2. McAninch, N., & Melton, K. (2018) Playing to Purpose: Optimizing Employment Benefits for Family Leisure Time. Family Focus. Minnesota, MN: National Council for Family Relations.
  3. Melton, K. (2018). Diversify the family activity profile: New advice for strengthening families. Family Focus. Minnesota, MN: National Council for Family Relations.
  4. Melton, K. K., Townsend J. N., Hodge, C. J. (2018). Creation of military family leisure experiences. Journal of Family Theory & Review. 10(3), 602-619. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12273
  5. Shahvali, M. M., & Melton, K. (2018) To be or not be together: Activities & technology during family vacation. Family Focus. Minnesota, MN: National Council for Family Relations.
  6. Melton, K. K. & Ellis, G. (2018). Measurement of time involvement in family activities: Alternative scaling for the Family Leisure Activity Profile. Leisure Sciences. doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2018.1458669
  7. Melton, K. K. (2017). Family activity model: Crossroads of activity environment and family interactions in family leisure. Leisure Sciences, 39(5), 457-473. doi:10.1080/01490400.2017.1333056
  8. Melton, K. K. (2017). Review of the family activity model with implications for research & practice. Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. 4(1), 21-28.
  9. Melton, K. (2016) Empowering families to diversify their family activity profile. Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Newsletter. Minnesota, MN: National Council for Family Relations.
  10. Melton, K. K. & Zabriskie, R. (2016). In the pursuit of happiness, all family leisure is not equal. Special Issue on Happiness & Leisure. World Leisure Journal. 58(4), 311-326. doi:10.1080/16078055.2016.1228154 
  11. Melton, K. K., Ellis, G., & Zabriskie, R. (2016). Assessing alternative techniques for scaling the Family Leisure Activity Profile: Recommendations for future family leisure measurement. Leisure Sciences. 38(2), 179-198. doi:10.1080/01490400.2015.1087356
  12. Melton, K. (2015) Is your city a TOP city for families! WalletHub Report on 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Families. Washington D.C.: Wallethub.

Child & Family Programs and Evaluations

  1. Melton, K. K., Hodges, C., McAninch, N., & Olschewski, E. (2018). Family matters: Supporting positive youth development through family programming. In P. Witt & L. Caldwell, (Eds.) Positive Youth Development, 2nd Edition. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.
  2. Melton, K. K., Lanning, B., & Abel, N. (2018). Family-centered approach to teen-driving program: Program evaluation of parental behavioral outcomes. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, (9)1, 1-13.
  3. Lanning, B., Melton, K., & Abel, N. (2018). The impact of a supplemental driver’s education program on teenage risk perception and driving behavior. Transportation Research, (2018)58, 442-451.
  4. Lanning, B., Melton, K., Abel, N. (2015). Reality Education for Drivers (RED) Program Evaluation. Technical Report. Waco, TX: Baylor University.

PRESENTATIONS

Intentional Family

  1. McAninch, N. & Melton, K., (November 2017). Conceptualizing Berry’s Acculturation Model for family culture development. Poster at National Council for Family Relations. Orlando, FL.

Parenting, Child & Adolescent Development

  1. McAninch, N. (2016). Digging deep: Encouraging financial conversations between parents and students through financial education activities. Paper presented at Texas Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Plano, Texas.
  2. Edwards, M., Melton, K., Bocarro, J., Kanters, M., & Casper, J. (2013) Perceived Administrative Barriers to Providing Intramural Sports in North Carolina Middle Schools. Poster presented at Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
  3. McAninch, N. (2013). The impact of ethnicity and gender on college students’ financial well-being. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  4. Melton, K., & Ellison, S. (2012) Adolescent Domestic Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery of Youth. Poster presented at Youth Development Initiative Conference, Austin, TX.
  5. Edwards, M. B., Melton, K., Daniel, J., Dunlap, R., & Outley, C. W. (2011). Perceptions of Youth Leisure-Time Physical Activity in the Rural South. Paper presented at NRPA Leisure Research Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
  6. Duerden, M., Melton, K., & Fernandez, M. (2010). An Assets Approach to Preparing Educators and Adolescents for College Experience. Paper presented at Big Tent Conference-Search Institute. Houston, TX.
  7. Melton, K., & Roberson, S. (2010). Listen Up! Youth Voice & Program Quality. Paper presented at Youth Development Initiative Workshop, Dallas, TX
  8. Melton, K. (2010). Listen Up! Youth Voice & Program Quality. Paper presented at Youth Development Initiative Conference, Austin, TX.
  9. Melton, K., & Witt, P. A. (2008). Fostering Youth Engagement through Youth Voice, Empowerment, and Participation. Paper presented at NRPA Congress and Exposition. Baltimore, MD.

Family Finances

  1. Melton, K., McAninch, N., & Ament, M. (June 2017). Financial Family Processes in Cultivating an Intentional Family Identity. Paper presented at American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Dallas, TX.
  2. Melton, K. & McAninch, N. (March 2017). Financial Investment in Family Experiences: Getting the most Bang for your Buck. Paper presented at Texas Council on Family Relations. Austin, TX.
  3. McAninch, N. & Melton, K. (March 2017). Tell me your story: Identifying Financial Values through Family Narratives. Paper presented at Texas Council on Family Relations. Austin, TX.
  4.  McAninch, N. (2014, April). The family tree: Using genograms to identify the intergenerational transmission of financial values. Paper presented at the Texas Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

Family Time & Leisure

  1. Melton, K. K., Hodge, C., & Duerden, M. (November 2018). Creation of Family Experiences: Conceptualizing Concordant and Discordant Experiences of Family Time. Paper presented at Theory Construction and Research Methodology. San Diego, CA.
  2. Lee, G., McGrew, G., & Melton, K. (2018). The Trips that Shaped My Life: Adolescent Travel Types and Human Values. Society of Research on Adolescents. Minneapolis, MN.
  3. Melton, K. (November 2017). Family Time Conceptualized & Measured: Psychological, Physiological, & Behavioral. Symposium at National Council for Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  4. Melton, K. (November 2017). Conceptualizing Shared Family Time using the Creation of Family Experience Framework. Paper at National Council for Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  5. Boccia, M., Larson, M. Melton, K. (November 2017). Physiological Measures: Understanding Individuals within the Context of Family Relations. Paper at National Council for Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  6. McGrew, J., Lee, G., Melton, K., (November 2017). Are we there yet! Adolescent Development in Family Travel. Poster at National Council for Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  7. Boccia, M., Larson, M., & Melton, K. (June 2017). Enhancing family experience research with physiological measures: Insights into psychological states. Poster presented at American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Dallas, TX.
  8. Lee, G., McGrew, J. & Melton, K. (March 2017).  The Trips that shaped my Life. Poster presented at URSA Baylor University. Waco, TX.
  9. McGrew, J., Lee, G., & Melton, K. (March 2017). Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around: Reflections from Adolescent Family Travel Experiences. Poster presented at URSA Baylor University. Waco, TX.
  10. Melton, K., Larson, M., & Boccia, M. (March 2017). Impact of Family Experiences on Attachment: Examining Oxytocin Levels. Poster presented at Society of Research on Child Development. Austin, TX.
  11. Lee, G., McGrew, J. & Melton, K. (March 2017).  The Trips that shaped my Life: Travel through Adolescent’s Perspective. Poster presented at Texas Council on Family Relations. Austin, TX.
  12. McGrew, J., Lee, G., & Melton, K. (March 2017). Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around: Reflections from Adolescent Family Travel Experiences. Poster presented at Texas Council on Family Relations. Austin, TX.
  13. Melton, K. (March 2017). Thinking about Optimal Family Experiences.  Paper presented at Experience Design Industry Management Conference. Provo, UT.
  14. Melton, K. (February 2017). Creation of Family Experiences: Bridging the Family Leisure Scholarship. Paper presented at The Academy for Leisure Sciences. Indianapolis, IN.
  15. Trussell, D. & Melton, K. (February 2017). A roundtable on family leisure: An analysis of conflicting paradigms revisited. Paper presented at The Academy for Leisure Sciences. Indianapolis, IN.
  16. Melton, K., Boccia, M., Larson, M. (November 2016). Examining oxytocin level to distinguish impact of family activities on attachment. Paper presented at National Council for Family Relations. Minneapolis, MN.
  17. Melton, K. & Zabriskie, R. (November 2016). All family activities are not equal in the pursuit of happiness.  Poster presented at National Council for Family Relations. Minneapolis, MN.
  18. Larson, M., Melton, K., & Boccia, M. (September 2016). Oxytocin’s relationship with attachment style and caregiving. Poster presented at American Association of Family Consumer Sciences—Northeast Texas District Meeting. Waco. TX.
  19. Lee, G., McGrew, J., & Melton, K. (September 2016). Content analysis of Relational Tourism: Adolescent perspective of family vacations. Poster presented at American Association of Family Consumer Sciences—Northeast Texas District Meeting. Waco. TX.
  20. Melton, K. (March 2016). The Family Experience Model: Crossroads of Activity Environment & Family Interaction. Paper presented at Experience Industry Management Conference. Provo, UT.
  21. Melton, K. (March 2016). Understanding the Family Leisure Experience. Paper presented at Southeast Council on Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  22. Hodges, C., Melton, K., & Zabriskie, R. (March 2016). What is family leisure? Benefits & Critiques. Poster presented at Southeast Council on Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  23. Zabriskie, R., Hodges, C., Melton, K., & Townsend, J. (March 2016). Family Recreation: It’s More Than Just Fun & Games. Poster presented at Southeast Council on Family Relations. Orlando, FL.
  24. Melton, K., Duerden, M., & Zabriskie, R. (November 2015). Strengthening the Family through Core and Balance Leisure: An Examination of United Kingdom Families. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations. Vancouver, B.C.
  25. Melton, K., Ellis, G, & Zabriskie, R. (March 2015). Measuring Family Leisure Experiences: Alternative Scaling Techniques with the Family Leisure Activity Profile. Paper presented at Experience Industry Management Conference. Provo, UT.
  26. Melton, K., & Edwards, M.B. (2012). Gender Examination of Parent-Child Leisure and Cohesion.  Paper presented at NRPA Leisure Research Symposium. Anaheim, CA.

Child & Family Programs & Evaluations

  1. Melton, K. (2014). Collecting Data to improve health outcomes: Using collaboration between organization and university. Paper presented at Healthy Teen Network Conference. Austin, TX.
  2. Melton, K. (2014). Strategic Planning: Moving Your Org from Surviving to Thriving. Paper presented at Youth Development Initiative Conference. Navasota, TX.
  3. Outley, C. Rayfield, J., Theriault, D., Woosnam, K., Melton, K., Ramirez-Mann, & Campbell, K. (2013). Conducting a Multisite Evaluation Across Texas: Success, Challenges, and Lessons Learned. Paper presented at American Evaluation Association Conference. Washington D.C.
  4. Melton, K., & Rall, K. (2011). Logic Models: A Piece of Cake. Paper presented at Youth Development Initiative Conference. Austin, TX.
  5. Reichstein, L., & Melton, K. (2011). Interactive Staff Training: Strategies and Tips. Youth Development Initiative Conference. Austin, TX.
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