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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
 
 
 

NCAIANMHR

Science and Ecology of Early Development (SEED)


PROJECT TITLE:
Science and Ecology of Early Development

FUNDING SOURCE: 
NICHD/NIH

DATES OF FUNDING: 
July 2003-2008

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): 
Paul Spicer, PhD.

CENTER STAFF INVOLVED:
Jan Beals, Calvin Croy, Carol Kaufman, Tina Mitchell, Doug Novins, Angie Sam, Paul Spicer, and Gloria Tall Bull.
 

SPECIFIC AIMS/RESEARCH GOALS:

This study has 5 Specific Aims:

  1. to describe infant and toddler development using longitudinal analyses and developmental assessments at 4 time points over the first three years of life in this Northern Plains tribe;
  2. to explore, using both ethnographic and quantitative methods, meaningful dimensions of the contexts in which infant and toddler development occurs in this tribe;
  3. to test predictive models of parenting and child development in this reservation setting;
  4. to link the data collected in this study with existing datasets from the same community in order to more fully articulate the impact of rural poverty on the health and development of parents and their children, and
  5. to work with community service providers and policy makers to interpret the findings of this study in ways that can be efficiently translated into early childhood interventions in American Indian reservation communities.

 

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Longitudinal study of child development.

 

PARTICIPANTS:

Parents and their young children in a northern plains reservation.

 

MEASURES:

Mullen Scales of Early Learning, NCAST, and HOME

 

SEED SURVEY: 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Croy, C. D., Bezdek, M., Mitchell, C.M., & Spicer, P.  (2009)  Young adult migration from a Northern Plains Indian reservation:  Who stays and who leaves.  Population Research and Policy Review, 28, 641-660.

Mitchell, C.M., Croy, C., Spicer, P., Frankel, K., & Emde, R.N.  (2011)  Trajectories of cognitive development among American Indian young children.  Developmental Psychology, 47, 991-999.



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