Social Confounders for Health Outcomes Linked to Education (SCHOOL)


The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development and School of Medicine have partnered with Boston University and Washington University on a five-year study, Social Confounders for Health Outcomes Linked to Education (SCHOOL), to examine factors that might mediate or explain why parental education is associated with children’s health and well-being outcomes.

Researchers will analyze data from previous studies — Social Media and Risk Reduction Training for Infant Care Practices (SMART) and Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting Infant Care Practices (SAFE) — and conduct qualitative analyses with current SMART mother-infant pairs. The qualitative studies will help further our understanding of the range of parental education experiences and critical home experiences that predict children’s health and well-being outcomes. 

Using a sample from the SMART study, the researchers will develop and implement a new SCHOOL data collection protocol, which will include parent-report surveys, rich and informative home and school observations, and comprehensive, standardized direct assessments of parents and children. This approach will enable detailed examination of both concurrent and predictive pathways through which early parental education and home and school experiences contribute to children’s health and well-being.

Project Status: August 2018 - Present

Funding Source: National Institute of Child Health and Development

Principal Investigator: Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch

Partners: UVA School of Medicine, Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis