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The Family Life Project: An epidemiological and developmental study of young children living in poor rural communities: I. Poverty, rurality, parenting, and risk: An introduction.

Vernonā€Feagans, Lynne; Cox, Martha
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 78 (5): pp.1-23 (2013)

DOI: 10.1111/mono.12047 Information about DOI

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This study presents some of the initial findings of the Family Life Project, a multidisciplinary longitudinal study that used an epidemiological sampling frame to recruit a sample of 1,292 infants and their families residing in one of six poor rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. This monograph describes a framework for understanding early development of children in the context of rural poverty, the details of sampling methods, the demographics of the families and the places they live, and the results of testing conceptual model of early development over the children. The findings of this study can not only answer questions about the development of young children growing up in rural poverty across a number of important domains of development, but also can answer questions about the important family processes related to poverty and its associated social risk that may mediate or moderate the relation between risk and these important developmental domains in toddler hood. This study used a cumulative risk framework to predict child competence since this kind of framework has worked in previous studies to capture poverty and its associated environmental risk.

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