North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, a study from the Center finds. The researchers found the programs’ benefits did not fade with time, as in some early childhood intervention programs. Instead, the positive effects grew or held steady over the years.
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A Connecticut law enacted in 1999 to allow police to temporarily remove guns from potentially violent or suicidal people likely prevented dozens of suicides, according to a study led by Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson. Researchers found in their review of 762 gun-removal cases that for every 10 to 20 instances of temporary gun seizures, one suicide was prevented.
Children who are bullied in school are nearly twice as likely to be overweight at the age of 18 than children who are not bullied, according to a new study by researchers from Duke University and King’s College London. Four of the researchers from Duke are faculty fellows of the Center.
North Carolina children who live in rural counties or attend high-poverty schools are more likely to be obese, a newly published study finds. Joy Piontak, a research analyst at the Center co-authored the article.
Shotgun marriages have faded in popularity overall, but are on the rise among some groups, says new research from the Center. Against the backdrop of an overall decline in marriages, shotgun marriages have actually risen among certain groups of women, including young mothers and those with less education, according to the research.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a federal initiative to combat bullying if she were elected president. Faculty Fellow William Copeland, an expert on bullying, says such funding is sorely needed. “Bullying is a public health tragedy that is too often ignored or merely given lip service,” he says.
Given its pervasiveness, developmental scientists find it increasingly crucial to consider the role of media and technology in children’s development. The Center’s Candice Odgers is among the organizers of a Society for Research in Child Development meeting being held Oct. 27-30 that centers on how technology and media affect development.
Experts from Duke University and the Center for Child and Family Policy share back-to-school advice for parents on bullying, homework, absenteeism and helping English language learners navigate the start of school.
Center researchers have been awarded a $230,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study whether being born to married parents leads to improved academic achievement and school behavior among black children.
Children with attention problems in early childhood were 40 percent less likely to graduate from high school, says a new study from Duke University that examines how early childhood characteristics affect academic performance.