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In the study that we’re currently conducting, we are looking at the development of behaviors, like caring, sharing and helping in preschool-aged children. We will be looking at what parents do that might support these kinds of behaviors, and also how parent’s and children’s physiological functioning contributes to their behaviors.

This is a longitudinal project, which means we are looking at how children develop over a six month period. For this project, we are looking for children who will be 3 ½ years old (42 – 45 months) to begin the study, and we will see them again when they turn 4 years old. The study involves each child and his or her mother making two visits to our laboratory at UC Davis, with the visits spaced 6 months apart. We are also asking preschool teachers, daycare supervisors, or another adult who knows the child well to complete questionnaires describing children’s behaviors at daycare and preschool.

This research project is being done in order to learn more about children’s social and emotional development. It is not meant to change behavior or help with problems. We are not qualified to offer you those kinds of services, and are not trained to give advice on what parents should or shouldn’t do with their children. Hopefully, what we learn in this research project will be useful, so that new ways of helping children can be developed.