Infants and young children raised in institutions are deprived of typical
social and emotional stimulation and interaction as well as typical cognitive
and language stimulation during infancy and early childhood.
This places them at risk for a number of social and behavioral abnormalities
such as disturbances of attachment, inattention/hyperactivity, externalizing
behavior problems, and a syndrome that mimics autism. With funding from the
John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation we are studying the effects of
a foster care intervention in institutionalized children in Bucharest
Romania. The Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) is the first random
control intervention trial with institutionalized infants and children. We
have followed two groups of young children through their 8th year of age.
Half of these children were placed into foster care under our studys supervision, while half remained in the institution. Over the course of
the study, we are charting the effects of early deprivation as well as the
consequences of early intervention on childrens
cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development.
This study is
supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Program Project
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Dr. Nathan A. Fox
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