Cornell researchers--including Eckenrode and FLDC researchers Jane Powers, Charles Izzo, and Chuck Henderson--also conducted a follow-up study when the children turned 15 years old.
In addition to their work in conducting studies, staff from the FLDC have had extensive contact with the CIDS nurse home-visitors to provide guidance about how to maximize their impact during their short time with mothers and to offer advice on particularly difficult situations.
FLDC Research Associate Charles Izzo was on hand to weigh in.
"FLDC's extension audience is the men and women of the armed services and their families, wherever they are in the world," says co-principal investigator Marney Thomas, a senior extension associate, who for the past 14 years has been director of FLDC Military Projects for the Army and Marine Corps.
Over the years the FLDC has created command briefings and training materials for military service members and military family support providers, conducted research on new parent support programs, studied various prevention strategies for child and spouse abuse, and is currently evaluating some of the effects of parental deployment on family stress and coping.
Known for their expertise in advocacy in the areas of child and spouse abuse, Thomas and her military projects staff at FLDC were asked to develop the core training for the Army's Unit Victim Advocates, uniformed personnel who support military victims of violence in a deployed environment.
It's the FLDC's access to evidence-based information that the military finds so valuable.
Most of FLDC
's activities are outreach and extension programs aimed at improving professional and public efforts to understand--and act upon--factors that put families, children, and youth at risk.
One example of our efforts is the collaboration of CCE and FLDC
on ACT for Youth, or Assets Coming Together for Youth.
Stephen Hamilton is a professor of human development, associate provost for outreach, and co-director of the FLDC, an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Human Ecology.
Mary Agnes Hamilton is a senior research associate in human development and director of the Cornell Youth and Work Program in the FLDC. The program carries out research and outreach to foster the transition of youth to adulthood.
Other collaborators in the upstate center include James Garbarino and John Eckenrode, professors of human development and co-directors of FLDC
; Jane Powers, senior research associate in FLDC
; Stephen Hamilton, professor of human development; Steve Goggin, senior extension associate in human development; and Charles McClintock, professor of policy analysis and management.