Research

BB2: Using Baby Books to Improve Maternal and Paternal Parenting and Child Outcomes

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Reich

Co-Investigators

Funder: NICHD

Duration: 2015-2020  

Abstract

A study of the effectiveness of embedding educational information into baby books as a way to educate mothers and fathers about typical child development, injury prevention, and optimal parenting, including coparenting. Educational books written in English and Spanish will be given to (1) mothers only, (2) fathers only, or (3) both parents. Another group will get non-educational books. With seven waves of data collection from when babies are 9 to 30 months, this project is one of the first to test differential and multiplicative effects of targeting both parents and will provide valuable insight into a low-cost and easy to implement intervention for low-income children.