From June 2000 to November 2003, researchers at the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Kansas and Georgetown University, conducted two pilot studies on the use of cell phones to gather detailed information about predictors of early child neglect among adolescent and adult mothers.
Date from these studies helped secure funding for a much larger study and intervention project aimed at preventing child neglect among teenage mothers.
The pilot studies yielded preliminary data indicating that:
Data from these studies helped advance, and secure funding for, a much larger study and an intervention project aimed at preventing child neglect among teenage mothers. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame and others received grants for this subsequent study totaling approximately $15 million from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).