Child Development Project

Study Overview


The Child Development Project (CDP) is a multi-site, longitudinal research program aimed at learning more about the processes involved in child and adolescent development. The study emphasizes research on social, emotional and scholastic development of children and adolescents as well as how various family, peer, school and neighborhood factors impact development. The project commenced in the summer of 1987, with a second cohort recruited in the summer of 1988. Since year one of the project, yearly assessments have been conducted with participants, their families, and their friends. The goal of this multi-site longitudinal project was to study the various family, child, peer, neighborhood, and school factors that influence the social, behavioral, and scholastic development of children. Over the course of the study, a large number of journal articles and book chapters have been published using the information gathered in the CDP. These published works have covered a diversity of topics including child temperament, friendships, peer groups, bullies, after-school care, the onset of puberty, adolescent identity development, parent-child interactions, parents' and children's social cognition, positive and negative parenting techniques, marital relationships, and neighborhood safety.

Sampling Procedures: 

The sample is comprised of 585 children from two cohorts were recruited in consecutive years, 1987 and 1988, from Nashville, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Bloomington, Indiana. The children were recruited the year before they entered kindergarten and the project has collected over 25 years of data so far. Annual data are available from multiple informants, including children, parents, teachers, peers, observers, and school records.

Contact and Data Access

1. I will use the dataset solely for statistical analysis and reporting of aggregated information and not for investigation of a specific individual or organization. 2. I will produce no links among the Distributors' datasets or among the Distributor's data and other datasets that could identify individuals or organizations. 3. I represent neither I, nor anyone I know, has any prior knowledge of the possible identification of any study participants in any dataset that I am being licensed to use. 4. I will not knowingly divulge any information that could be used to identify individual participants in the study, nor will I attempt to identify or contact any study participant and I agree to use any precautions necessary to prevent such identification. 5. I will not reproduce the dataset except as it is necessary for scholarly purposes. I will destroy the dataset upon completion of my scholarly work with it. 6. I will not share data from the dataset (in any form or by any means) with any third party, as I understand that all users of the data must obtain it directly from the distributor. 7. I will make appropriate acknowledgement of the contributor and distributor of the dataset in any manuscript or publication. 8. The distributor makes no warranties, express or implied, by operation of law or otherwise regarding or relating to the dataset.
Citation Requirements: 
The Child Development Project has been funded by grants MH42498 and MH56961 from the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md, and HD30572 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda.
The original collector of the data, SSRI, and the relevant funding agencies, bear no responsibility for the use of the data or for interpretations and inferences based upon such users.

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