Frequently Asked Questions - Family

Existing research provides important information about families and children living in large urban environments, but relatively little is known about how families and children are influenced by living in smaller cities, towns and rural areas. It is important that we focus on families in these rural areas because the differences between urban family life and rural family life can be striking. Also, literature suggests that following kids over time is the best method to find out which characteristics of the environment help children become successful and which characteristics could potentially be harmful. In order to have complete and rich data we must have continued participation by our recruited families.

Since we can’t recruit new families, once a family has agreed to participate, they cannot be replaced. This is why your involvement is so vital to our research study.

Unfortunately, no. We are following only all of our participants over time who have been with the study from birth. The information that we acquired during these past years is the foundation for our future research questions. Since the most recent information we gather builds upon data we’ve collected at previous visits, it is essential that we work with the same families throughout the entire project.

For our Pennsylvania families, if you or anyone you know wants to join another research project go to this website for more information: FIRSt Families

Yes, we do. All videos are kept at a secure site on campus and can only be viewed by researchers involved with data analysis. As we have been issued what is known as a "Certificate of Confidentiality" from the federal government’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, we can protect the privacy of the families in the study. As such, the researchers involved with this study, and any data collected, cannot be compelled or required to be released in any Federal, State, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative or other proceedings which would expose participants to negative outcomes of any kind.

Your participation is voluntary. You are free to refuse or skip any part of the visit and/or questions at any time. Your participation in this research is completely confidential; you will only be identified by a subject number. Data is kept secured and only researchers involved with data analysis have access to the information collected.

As we have been issued what is known as a "Certificate of Confidentiality" from the federal government’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, we can protect the privacy of the families and schools involved with this study. As such, the researchers involved with this study, and any data collected, cannot be compelled or required to be released in any Federal, State, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative or other proceedings which would expose participants to negative outcomes of any kind.