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Parenting Groups – Do They Change How Mothers Think About Parenting?
Read about mothers who participated in the Legacy for Children™ parenting group program, and how it affected their views on parenting.
(Published: July 14, 2017)

Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Problems – What Works?
Learn about current evidence on the most effective treatments for behavior problems in children
(Published: May 1, 2017)

Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood.
Learn about family, community and health-care factors related to children’s mental, behavioral or developmental disorder
(Published: March 10, 2016)

Reassessing the approach of the Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign.
Learn about parents’ responses to the Learn the Signs. Act Early materials
(Published: November 18, 2015)

Screening for Developmental Delays Among Young Children
Only 1 in 5 parents say their child received a developmental screen
(Published September 10, 2014)

Behavioral and Socioemotional Outcomes Through Age 5 of the Legacy for Children™ Parenting Program
Learn how the Legacy program affected children
(Published: April 18, 2013)

Developmental Milestones Matter!
Learn about the CDC Milestone Tracker.
(Published: October 24, 2017)

Helping Children Thrive in Rural Communities
Information on children with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in rural and urban areas.
(Published: March 16, 2017)

Parenting Matters
Parents are among the most important people in the lives of young children.
(Published: January 4, 2017)

Supporting Behavioral Health
Learn what CDC doing to support behavioral health services for children who need them.
(Published: May 4, 2016)

Improving Children’s Behavioral Health
Learn what CDC is doing about gaps in behavioral treatment for children.
(Published: May 4, 2015)

Children’s Mental Health Report
Learn about the CDC report that describes federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders.
(Published: May 16, 2013)

Scientific Articles

* These CDC scientific articles are listed in order of date published

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Prevalence of parent-reported traumatic brain injury in children and associated health conditions.
JAMA Pediatrics. Published online September 24, 2018.
Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, Akilah Heggs Lee, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Xinjian Zhang, Marcie-jo Kresnow-Sedacca.
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Maternal Perceptions of Parenting Following an Evidence-based Parenting Program: A Qualitative Study of Legacy for Children™
Sophie A. Hartwig, Lara R. Robinson, Dawn L. Comeau, Angelika H. Claussen, and Ruth Perou
Infant Mental Health Journal, Published online June 28, 2017, 38(4), 499-513.
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Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children Aged 2–8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas — United States, 2011–2012
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries 2017; 66(No. SS-8):1–11.
Lara R. Robinson, Joseph R. Holbrook, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Sophie A. Hartwig, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Reem M. Ghandour, Georgina Peacock, Akilah Heggs, Coleen A. Boyle
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Targeting Parenting in Early Childhood: A Public Health Approach to Improve Outcomes for Children Living in Poverty
Child Development. Published online January 31, 2017, 88(2), 388–39.
Amanda Sheffield Morris, Lara R. Robinson, Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Angelika H. Claussen, Sophie A. Hartwig, Amy E. Treat
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Interpreting the Prevalence of Mental Disorders in Children: Tribulation and Triangulation
Health Promotion Practice 2017, 18(1): 5-7.
Joseph R. Holbrook, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Melissa L. Danielson, Susanna N. Visser
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Health-care, Family, and Community Factors associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood – United States, 2011-2012.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2016 Mar 11 ; 65(9);221–226
Bitsko, RH, Holbrook, JR, Kaminski, J, Robinson, LR, Ghandour, R, Smith, C, Peacock, G. MMWR.
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Cost-effectiveness of Legacy for ChildrenTM for Reducing Behavioral Problems and Risk for ADHD among Children Living in Poverty
Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 2015, 3:5
Phaedra S. Corso, Susanna N. Visser, Justin B. Ingels, Ruth Perou
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The Legacy for Children™ parenting model, partnering to translate research to practice for children in poverty
TBM 2014;4:232–233
Lara R. Robinson, Ruth Perou, Rebecca T. Leeb
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Components Associated With Home Visiting Program Outcomes: A Meta-analysis
Pediatrics Vol. 132 No. Supplement 2 November 1, 2013
Jill H. Filene, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Linda Anne Valle, Patrice Cachat.
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Mental Health Surveillance Among Children, United States 2005–2011
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2013;62(Suppl; May 16, 2013):1-35.
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Behavioral and Socioemotional Outcomes through Age 5 of the Legacy for Children™ Public Health Approach to Improving Developmental Outcomes among Children Born into Poverty
American Journal of Public Health, 2013;103:1058–1066.
Jennifer W. Kaminski, Ruth Perou, Susanna N. Visser, Keith G. Scott, Leila H. Beckwith, Judy Howard, D. Camille Smith, Melissa L. Danielson
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Legacy for Children™: A Pair of Randomized Controlled Trials of a Public Health Model to Improve Developmental Outcomes among Children in Poverty
BMC Public Health 2012, 12:691
Ruth Perou, Marc N. Elliott, Susanna N. Visser, Angelika H. Claussen, Keith G. Scott, Leila H. Beckwith, Judy Howard, Lynne F. Katz, D. Camille Smith
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Does Childhood Disability Increase Risk for Child Abuse and Neglect?
Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 2012;5(1):4-31.
Rebecca T. Leeb, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Melissa T. Merrick, Brian S. Armour.
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