Child Development Project — Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes

This longitudinal study is a collaboration among Auburn University, Indiana University, and Duke University that investigates children’s social development and adjustment by following 585 children from two cohorts recruited in consecutive years, 1987 and 1988, from Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Bloomington, Ind. The children were recruited the year before they entered kindergarten; the project is now in its 33rd year. Annual data from age 5 to 28 are available from multiple informants, including children, parents, teachers, peers, observers, and school records. Additional data were collected at age 34.

The project is currently focusing on the following aims:

  1. Modeling risk across development for adult health and) well-being outcomes;
  2. Identifying risk profiles associated with adult service utilization and public costs;
  3. Evaluate how early investment can be optimized to reduce public costs.