Family Life Project/Children in Poverty
Start Date: 2002
Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Family Life Project Website at the University of North Carolina
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Penn State interested in how children develop have received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a longitudinal study of the biological, individual, family and community influences that affect rural children. About 1,400 subjects from selected rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are being studied beginning in infancy and continuing over their first three years. In North Carolina, 800 newborns are being followed in Wayne, Wilson and Sampson counties. In Project I, directed by Dr. Mark Greenberg of Penn State, researchers are examining child-related factors by measuring child temperamental reactivity and self-regulation. Dr. Lynne Vernon-Feagans of UNC is leading Project II, which is focusing on competence as a precursor of later skills acquired in school.
Press Releases on the Project: Original Announcement