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The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Needs and Adaptation of Caregivers of Young Children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome in Northeast Brazil: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study

Project Information

Principal Investigator: Natalie Williams
Co-Principal Investigator:
Funding Agency: UNL - Brazil Collaboration Pilot Impact Grant
Award Date:
Theme: Early Education & Development, Psychosocial Development & Social-Emotional Learning, Research & Evaluation Methods
Project URL: N/A

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The spread of Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome in northeast Brazil is linked with microcephaly, a neurological condition associated with significant cognitive and physical disabilities.

This joint project between University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Brazilian researchers determines how to best support caregivers whose children have been affected by Zika. The study is designed to identify strengths and key stressors for Brazilian families and early childhood educators affected by the outbreak.

Researchers will survey 100 caregivers with infants and toddlers whose disabilities are related to the Zika virus. They will then survey a high-risk group of caregivers with symptoms of anxiety or depression to learn about daily routines involving their children.

Researchers will map family and community systems to better understand how available support resources are being used. Along with caregiver interviews, the information will help researchers develop targeted programs to support families.

The study aims to pinpoint specific areas for intervention and determine how research could support early intervention programs in the United States, where caregiver support may be overlooked while trying to meet the needs of an ill or disabled child.