Abusive Head Trauma | The Early ABCs Study

Abusive Head Trauma research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Who is eligible to participate?

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Abusive Head Trauma

Early Literacy

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:Ready To Learn (RTL)See arm description

Other:All Babies Cry (ABC)See arm description

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Ready To Learn1) The Ready to Learn (RTL) arm will receive a DVD in both Spanish and English and a bilingual booklet (both produced by Parents' action for Children) addressing the benefits of reading, talking and playing with young children, as well as a new children's board book.

All Babies Cry2) The All Babies Cry (ABC) arm will receive a DVD in both, Spanish and English and a bilingual booklet (both produced by VIDA Health Communications, INC) explaining crying as part of normal infant behavior, highlighting signs of parental distress and providing strategies to sooth parents and their children

Study Status


Start Date: February 2014

Completed Date: January 2015

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Days/week mothers report reading with their infants

Secondary Outcome: Reading together is one of the baby's 3 favorite activities.

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Marcia W VanVleet, MD, MPH

Lead Sponsor: Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

Collaborator: Lifespan

More information:

Garner AS, Shonkoff JP; Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health; Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care; Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Early childhood adversity, toxic stress, and the role of the pediatrician: translating developmental science into lifelong health. Pediatrics. 2012 Jan;129(1):e224-31. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2662. Epub 2011 Dec 26.

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