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CDP Overview

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, TN, Knoxville, TN, and Bloomington, IN. The children were recruited the year before they entered kindergarten; the project is now in its 33rd year. Annual data from ages 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 Child Development Project has been funded by grants MH56961, MH57024, and MH57095 from the National Institute of Mental Health, HD30572 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and DA016903 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

This study was designed by, in alphabetical order, John E. Bates, Indiana University; Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University; and Gregory S. Pettit, Auburn University. 

Recent Publications

Dodge, K. A.Bai, Y.Godwin, J.Lansford, J. E.Bates, J. E.Pettit, G. S., & Jones, D. (2022). A defensive mindset: A pattern of social information processing that develops early and predicts life course outcomes. Child Development93e357– e378.

Goulter, N., Oberth, C., McMahon, R.J., Lansford, J.E., Dodge, K.A., Crowley, D.M., Bates, J.E., & Pettit, G.S. (2022). Predictive Validity of Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits and Conduct Problems with Respect to Adult Outcomes: High- and Low-Risk Samples. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

Complete List of Publications