CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 6, 2001
UI researchers seek participants for child development study
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa researchers are looking for families
with babies born since August 2001 or expected before January 2002 to participate
in a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. The
study focuses on very young, normally developing children and their families,
and the goal is to learn how young children begin to acquire rules for behavior.
The study involves assessments conducted five times in the childs
development--7, 15, 25, 36, and 52 months. At each age, researchers will observe
the child once with the mother and once with the father during typical, natural,
enjoyable activities. The seven-month assessment will take place in the childs
home. Other assessments will be held in a comfortably furnished, child-safe
(A photo is available at http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu/labs/familystudy/expectations.html)
Snacks and beverages as well as age-appropriate toys, games and books will
be provided. At each assessment, parents will also be asked to complete several
questionnaires. Compensation is available. This study is a unique and interesting
opportunity for parents to be part of their babies' early development.
The Principal Investigator is Grazyna Kochanska, Stuit Professor of Developmental
Psychology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is an experienced
researcher who has conducted several similar studies in the past, funded by
the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Although the researchers do not plan to compare the childrens behavior
based on race or ethnicity, minority families are encouraged to participate
so that the study will include a representative sample.
More information is available online at http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu/labs/familystudy/
or by calling the laboratory, 319-335-0500 or Kochanska, 319-335-2409 (collect
if applicable). Kochanska can also be reached by email, email@example.com