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Strengthening Families to Buffer Toxic Stress

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Principle Investigator: Thomas P. McDonald, PhD, KU Department of Social Work, Lawrence

Co-PI: David P. Lindeman, PhD, KU Life Span Institute at Parsons

David Lindeman

David Lindeman, Ph.D.


This two-year grant is funded by: Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

This two-year randomized control trial study will pilot a 10-week manualized/programmed intervention – the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) program – with parent/child dyads receiving services through Early Head Start (EHS). The ABC program is designed to buffer toxic stress for children experiencing high levels of risk resulting from cumulative external risk factors.

The project will also validate a screening tool for identification of children at risk for toxic stress as a component of the program to enhance the effect of early intervention and test the impact of the ABC intervention on protective factors such as attachment and responsive parenting and their subsequent medication of improved child and family functioning.

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