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PPN Newsletter             March 2012

Listed below are recent updates to the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities website (http://www.promisingpractices.net).


Newly added to PPN's Programs that Work section:  Parent-Child Home Program demonstrates promise in improving children's cognitive development

Young children learning
The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a home visitation program that supports positive parenting practices and helps parents learn how to stimulate their children's cognitive development. The Parent-Child Home Program is targeted at families that are challenged by poverty, isolation, and language, literacy, and cultural barriers, and that have children aged two at the time of program initiation. Two evaluations of PCHP that met PPN criteria found that the program improved children's scores on tests related to cognitive development. Both studies also found that the program improved parents' interactions with children.

Read moreRead the new Parent-Child Home Program summary

Study shows that infants know the meaning of many common nouns as early as 6 months

Baby reaching for an apple
A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that infants between 6 and 9 months can understand the meanings of many nouns when referred to by adults. The researchers presented infants with two distinct images and infants' parents spoke the name of a noun displayed in one of the images. Researchers tracked infant eye movements and found that a significant majority of 6 to 9 month olds fixated on the correct image when its associated noun was named.

Read moreRead the abstract at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences website

New research finds that nearly one in ten adolescents has uncorrected distance visual impairment

Teen girl getting vision exam
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a nationally-representative survey of various indicators of health and well-being. The survey included an assessment of respondents' visual acuity at a distance while wearing any type of corrective lenses. Researchers analyzed 1999-2002 NHANES data and found that nine percent of respondents between the ages of 12 and 19 had uncorrected visual distance impairment. Results of the study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, also found that the odds of having uncorrected visual distance impairment were higher for all racial/ethnic groups compared to non-Hispanic whites. The odds were greatest for Hispanics, among whom the rate of uncorrected visual distance impairment was 16.4 percent.

Read moreRead the abstract at the Journal of Adolescent Health website


Listed below are research summaries that have been added to the PPN site this month.

See all in this area »  Healthy and Safe Children

Maternal Perceptions of Help From Home Visits by Nurse-Community Health Worker Teams — Apr. 2012

The BlackBerry Project: Capturing the Content of Adolescents' Text Messaging — Mar. 2012

Children Treated in United States Emergency Departments for Door-Related Injuries, 1999-2008 — Mar. 2012

Friending, IMing, and Hanging Out Face-To-Face: Overlap In Adolescents' Online And Offline Social Networks — Mar. 2012

Peer Relationships and Depressive Symptomatology in Boys at Puberty — Mar. 2012

School-Age Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants in New York City — Mar. 2012

Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth — Mar. 2012

Adolescent Nonmedical Users of Prescription Opioids: Brief Screening and Substance Use Disorders — Feb. 2012

Adolescents' Self-Presentation on a Teen Dating Web Site: A Risk-Content Analysis — Feb. 2012

Cash, Cars, and Condoms: Economic Factors in Disadvantaged Adolescent Women's Condom Use — Feb. 2012

Children Without Parents in the TANF Caseload: Thinking Beyond the Child-Only Label — Feb. 2012

Consumption of Added Sugar Among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 2005-2008 — Feb. 2012

Correlates of Adherence to a Telephone-Based Multiple Health Behavior Change Cancer Preventive Intervention for Teens: The Healthy for Life Program (HELP) — Feb. 2012

Cyber and Bias-Based Harassment: Associations with Academic, Substance Use, and Mental Health Problems — Feb. 2012

Developmental Trajectories of Peer Victimization: Off-line and Online Experiences During Adolescence — Feb. 2012

Drinking Frequency as a Brief Screen for Adolescent Alcohol Problems — Feb. 2012

Ectopic Pregnancy Mortality — Florida, 2009-2010 — Feb. 2012

Examining State-Level Patterns in Teen Childbearing: 1991 to 2009 — Feb. 2012

Gender Differences in Cigarette Smoking, Social Correlates and Cessation Among Adolescents — Feb. 2012

Health-Related Quality of Life Among Children with Mental Disorders: A Systematic Review — Feb. 2012

Hepatitis A Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents in the United States — Feb. 2012

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011 — Feb. 2012

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women: 29 States and New York City, 2009-10 Season — Feb. 2012

Junk Food in Schools and Childhood Obesity — Feb. 2012

Longitudinal Links Between Spanking and Children's Externalizing Behaviors in a National Sample of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Families — Feb. 2012

Longitudinal Predictors of Cyber and Traditional Bullying Perpetration in Australian Secondary School Students — Feb. 2012

Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Weight and Gestational Weight Gain and Their Association with Birthweight with a Focus on Racial Differences — Feb. 2012

Mental Health Disorders and Long-term Opioid Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Pain — Feb. 2012

More than 7 Million Children Live with a Parent with Alcohol Problems — Feb. 2012

A National Profile of Childhood Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder — Feb. 2012

Older Not Wiser: Risk of Prenatal Alcohol Use by Maternal Age — Feb. 2012

Parental Views of School-Located Delivery of Adolescent Vaccines — Feb. 2012

Physical Activity and BMI in a Nationally Representative Sample of Children and Adolescents — Feb. 2012

Poor Outcomes at Discharge Among Extremely Premature Infants: A National Population-Based Study — Feb. 2012

Predicting Adolescents' Persistence, Non-persistence, and Recent Onset of Nonmedical Use of Opioids and Stimulants — Feb. 2012

Pregnancy and Drinking Among Women Offenders Under Community Supervision in the United States: 2004-2008 — Feb. 2012

Prenatal Exposure to Mercury and Infant Neurodevelopment in a Multicenter Cohort in Spain: Study of Potential Modifiers — Feb. 2012

Prevalence and Correlates of Mental Health Problems and Treatment Among Adolescents Seen in Primary Care — Feb. 2012

Relationship Between Attrition and Neurodevelopmental Impairment Rates in Extremely Preterm Infants at 18 to 24 Months: A Systematic Review — Feb. 2012

The Relationship of Socioeconomic Status to Preterm Contractions and Preterm Delivery — Feb. 2012

A Review of Sexual Health Web Sites for Adolescents — Feb. 2012

Services and Recurrence After Psychological Maltreatment Confirmed by Child Protective Services — Feb. 2012

Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Risk Behavior, and Intimate Partner Violence Among African American Adolescent Females with a Male Sex Partner Recently Released from Incarceration — Feb. 2012

Social Interaction Style of Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder — Feb. 2012

Social-Emotional Screening for Infants and Toddlers in Primary Care — Feb. 2012

Sources of Potential Lead Exposure Among Pregnant Women in New Mexico — Feb. 2012

Student Access to Competitive Foods in Elementary Schools: Trends Over Time and Regional Differences — Feb. 2012

Three Strategies to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy — Feb. 2012

Too Much of a Good Thing? Kids in Low-Income Families Drink More Juice Than Recommended — Feb. 2012

Uncorrected Distance Visual Impairment Among Adolescents in the United States — Feb. 2012

Value of Follow-up Examinations of Children and Adolescents Evaluated for Sexual Abuse and Assault — Feb. 2012

Vitamin D Insufficiency is Associated with Diabetes Risk in Native American Children — Feb. 2012

Weight Information Labels on Media Models Reduce Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Girls — Feb. 2012

What are Districts' Written Policies Regarding Student Substance-Related Incidents? — Feb. 2012

Abstainers in Adolescence and Adulthood: Exploring the Correlates of Abstention Using Moffitt's Developmental Taxonomy — Jan. 2012

Differential Deterrence: Studying Heterogeneity and Changes in Perceptual Deterrence Among Serious Youthful Offenders — Jan. 2012

The Economic Burden of Child Maltreatment in the United States and Implications for Prevention — Jan. 2012

Frequent Residential Mobility and Young Children's Well-Being — Jan. 2012

Is Childhood Asthma Associated with Educational Level and Longest-Held Occupation? — Jan. 2012

Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2010 — Dec. 2011

See all in this area »  Children Ready for School

Early Child Care and Education: HHS and Education Are Taking Steps to Improve Workforce Data and Enhance Worker Quality — Feb. 2012

At 6-9 Months, Human Infants Know the Meanings of Many Common Nouns — Feb. 2012

Head Start Program Quality: Examination of Classroom Quality and Parent Involvement in Predicting Children's Vocabulary, Literacy, and Mathematics Achievement Trajectories — Feb. 2012

Military Child Care: DOD Is Taking Actions to Address Awareness and Availability Barriers — Feb. 2012

National Profiles of Classroom Quality and Family Involvement: A Multilevel Examination of Proximal Influences on Head Start Children's School Readiness — Feb. 2012

See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School

Meeting the Challenge: The Economic Return on Investment in the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program — Feb. 2012

Migration Processes, Familial Characteristics, and Schooling Dropout Among Black Youths — Feb. 2012

The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools: Leveraging Web 2.0 Data Warehouses to Assess Quality and Equity in Online Learning Environments — Feb. 2012

Reading Coach Quality: Findings from Florida Middle Schools — Jan. 2012

See all in this area »  Strong Families

Despair by Association? The Mental Health of Mothers with Children by Recently Incarcerated Fathers — Feb. 2012

Parental Depressive Symptoms and Children's Sleep: The Role of Family Conflict — Feb. 2012


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