The mission of The Intergenerational Project (TIP) is to better understand the consequences of parent drug use on child development and the factors that promote or discourage the continuation of drug use across generations. Specifically, this project will:
- Examine the effects of adolescent, young adult, and current parental drug use on child developmental outcomes and drug use initiation.
- Examine the proximal and distal mechanisms through which adolescent, young adult and current parental drug use affect child developmental outcomes and drug use initiation.
- Assess the degree to which preventive interventions experienced by one generation translate to benefits in the next generation.
The Intergenerational Project (TIP, Jennifer A. Bailey, PI) is an ongoing longitudinal study, started in 2001, of the children of the members of the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP) panel. TIP is a theory-driven study, based on the Social Development Model, that examines how parental and grandparental drug use affects child development. The study presents a unique opportunity to examine the factors linking drug use across multiple generations and to understand the effects of current and past parental and grandparental drug use on children’s development, behavior, and drug use initiation.
The design of this study utilizes information gathered from parents, children and teachers using various measures such as interviews, parent-child observation and neurocognitive assessment. We collected 4 waves of data in an earlier phase of the study, and have been renewed for another five years to add additional 3 waves of data to the study. Most of the children in the first 3 waves were under 10 yrs. In the next part of the study most will move into adolescence.