Colder | Schuetze
This study examined the impact of prenatal exposure to cocaine and other substances and associated environmental risks on the development of children’s ability to regulate physiology and behavior in response to stress from birth to middle childhood and social competence in the school setting.
The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of
prenatal cocaine and other substance exposure on developmental
trajectories for self-regulation from toddler to kindergarten age.
Self-regulation is defined as the emergence of impulse control,
compliance, and internalization of rules of conduct. As the
children in the study begin kindergarten, assessments will also
include children’s adjustment to the school setting and
classroom behavior. In addition to maternal substance use, other
risk factors often associated with maternal substance use such as
poor infant growth, maternal depression, anxiety, and
anger/hostility, and caregiving instability will be measured at
each time point, and considered as mediators or moderators of child
outcomes. Drs. Claire Coles, Emory University, and Phillip Zeskind,
Carolinas Medical Center, will contribute to the study.
Rina Das Eiden, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions
Pamela Schuetze, PhD
Buffalo State College
Craig Colder, PhD
Department of Psychology
University at Buffalo
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)