Children in Rural Poverty:Risk and Protective Mechanisms

  • Greenberg, Mark T. (PI)
  • Crouter, Ann C. (PI)
  • Burton, Linda Marie (PI)
  • Vernon-Feagans, Lynne (PI)
  • Vernon-Feagans, Lynne (PI)
  • Burchinal, Margaret Ruth (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The purpose of this program
project is to study the early development of a group of Children who are at
risk for later successful adjustment and for whom we have little information:
children living in rural, largely poor communities. A birth cohort of 800
children in three rural counties of North Carolina and 600 children in three
rural counties of Pennsylvania will be studied over the first 3 years of life.
A multidisciplinary team will investigate multiple levels of influences
affecting the early development of these children. The research emphases of
the component research projects includes the following:
Project I: Temperament: Emphasizes the development of child-related factors
and how they predict preschool social-emotional and cognitive competence.
Project II: School Readiness: Emphasizes the pathways to and precursors of
school readiness.
Project III: Family Process: Emphasizes how family processes mediate or
moderate the effects of rural poverty on children.
Project IV: Work and Family: Emphasizes the impact of parents' occupational
conditions on parenting, and, in turn, children's social, cognitive, emotional
and linguistic development.
Project V: Ethnography: Emphasizes 1) an in-depth contextual appraisal of
community characteristics and 2) a family ethnography with 72 families
developmentally ahead of the cohort above to provide input to design and
measurement. The purposes of the proposed cores are the following:
Core : Data Collection: Recruitment of subjects and data collection for
Projects I-IV
Core : Data Management and Statistical Core: Data management and statistical
Effective start/end date7/1/026/30/03


  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


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