Children from families who are involved with Child Protective Services are at greater risk developing problems related to their socio-emotional, cognitive, and brain development. Early research with these families who received ABC demonstrated positive effects for attachment security, emotion expression, and physiological regulation among young children.
We have continued to follow these children across childhood and will be testing the long-term effects of the early programs for children’s development during middle childhood. Children will be assessed when they are 8, 9, and 10 years old because this is an age-range when regulatory capabilities have typically consolidated, and demands for self-regulation are high. Specific measures will focus on children’s inhibitory control, emotion regulation, peer relations, and physiological regulation as assessed through measurement of the hormone cortisol.
Funding: National Institute of Mental Health R01 MH074374 award, “Intervening Early with Neglected Children: Key Middle Childhood Outcomes.” Period of support: May 1, 2014-March 31, 2019.