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The Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00747396
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 5, 2008
Last Update Posted : December 11, 2017
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Temple University
Duke University
MacArthur Foundation
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Charles Alexander Nelson III, Boston Children's Hospital

September 4, 2008
September 5, 2008
December 11, 2017
September 2000
March 2019   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Changes in Cognition in later childhood and adolescence [ Time Frame: 8 years, 12 years, 16-18 years ]
    WISC-IV
  • Changes in Cognition in early childhood [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 months, 42 months ]
    Bayley Scales of Infant Development
  • Changes in weight [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    weight in kilograms
  • Changes in height [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    Height measured in centimeters
  • Changes in head circumference [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    Head circumference in centimeters
  • Changes in Psychiatric Symptomatology in adolescence [ Time Frame: 12 years, 16 years ]
    DISC -IV
  • Changes in Psychiatric Symptomatogology [ Time Frame: 54 months, 8 years ]
    Preschool Are/Child Adolescent Psychological Assessment
  • Changes in Expressive Language Quality [ Time Frame: 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
    language sample from interview
  • Changes in EEG Coherence Brain Function [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    EEG coherence
  • Changes in EEG Power Brain Function [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    EEG power
  • Changes in EEG Asymmetry Brain Function [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    EEG asymmetry
  • Changes in Attachment Disturbances and Disorders [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 54 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    Disturbances of Attachment Interview
  • Changes in Attachment Style [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
    Strange Situation Procedure
  • Changes in Caregiving Environment [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
    Observational Record of Caregiving Environment
  • Changes in Indiscriminate Behavior [ Time Frame: 54 mos, 8 years and 12 years ]
    Stranger at the Door
  • Changes in Emotion Discrimination [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
    Event-related Potentials
  • Changes in Face Recognition [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
    Event-related Potentials
  • Changes in Brain Structure [ Time Frame: 8 years, 16 years ]
    MRI
  • Changes in Problem Behaviors [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
    Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment
  • Changes in Social Communication and Interaction [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    Social Communication Questionnaire
  • Changes in Genetics [ Time Frame: 8 years, 12 years, 16 years ]
    Buccal Swab
  • Cognition [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 54 mos and 8 years ]
  • Physical Growth (weight, height and head circumference) [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
  • Psychiatric Symptomatology [ Time Frame: 54 mos and 8 years ]
  • Language [ Time Frame: 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
  • Brain Function (EEG asymmetry, coherence and power) [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, and 8 years ]
  • Attachment Disturbances and Disorders [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos, 54 mos and 8 years ]
  • Attachment Style (Strange Situation Procedure) [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
  • Caregiving Environment [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
  • Indiscriminate Behavior [ Time Frame: 54 mos and 8 years ]
  • Emotion Discrimination (ERP) [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
  • Face Recognition (ERP) [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
  • Brain Structure (MRI) [ Time Frame: 8 years ]
  • Problem Behaviors [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
  • Social Communication and Interaction [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos, 42 mos and 8 years ]
  • Genetics [ Time Frame: 8 years ]
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  • Changes in Emotional Reactivity/Temperament [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
    LAB-Tab Puppets and Peek-a-boo
  • Motor Skills [ Time Frame: 8 years ]
    Bruininks-Oseretsky Test-2
  • Emotional Reactivity/Temperament [ Time Frame: baseline, 30 mos and 42 mos ]
  • Motor Skills [ Time Frame: 8 years ]
Changes in Physiological Reactivity to Stress [ Time Frame: 12 years, 16 years ]
Trier Social Stress Test
Not Provided
 
The Bucharest Early Intervention Project
The Bucharest Early Intervention Project: Effects of Early Psychosocial Deprivation on Mental Health in Adolescence
The purpose of this study is to determine the long term effects of early intervention (placement into foster care) on physical, cognitive, social and brain development and psychiatric symptomatology in previously institutionalized children.

The Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) was a randomized controlled trial of foster care as an intervention for children abandoned at or around the time of birth and placed in one of six institutions for young children in Bucharest, Romania (Zeanah et al., 2003). The PI (Nelson) and Co-PIs (Zeanah and Fox) conducted this study from a feasibility phase in the fall of 2000, through baseline assessments and implementation of the intervention in the spring of 2001.

The BEIP began with comprehensive assessments of 136 institutionalized children and their caregiving environments prior to randomization. Half the children were randomly assigned to high-quality foster care and the other half to remain in institutional care. The average age at foster care placement was 22 months (range=6-31 months). All children were initially seen prior to randomization and again for follow-up assessments at 30 months, 42 months 54 months, 8 years and 12 years of age. The development of children in foster care was compared to the development of children in institutions and to a group of never institutionalized children (community controls). These children are currently being assessed at age 15-16 years.

Interventional
Not Applicable
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
  • Cognitive Ability, General
  • Psychiatric and/or Mood Disorders
  • Brain Function
  • Social Cognition
  • Health Behavior
  • Risk-Taking
  • Executive Function
Other: Foster Care Placement
A group of children living in institutions for children in Bucharest, Romania was randomly assigned to placement in foster care. Foster parents were recruited, consented to background checks, and received training in Romanian. Prior to placement, foster parents visited their children to begin developing a relationship with the child. Once hired, foster parents were supported and monitored by project social workers. Foster parents in the BEIP network received frequent visits from the social workers, with visits occuring weekly for several months after initial placement of the child, then biweekly and later monthly. Foster parents also had the opportunity to participate in a support group organized by project social workers. Project social workers received weekly consultation from US staff experienced in dealing with young children in foster care.
  • Experimental: Foster Care Group
    Children randomized to this group were placed in high quality foster care developed for the study.
    Intervention: Other: Foster Care Placement
  • No Intervention: Care As Usual Group
    Children randomized to this group remained in institutional care.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Active, not recruiting
136
Same as current
March 2019
March 2019   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria for assessment at age 16 years:

  • previously institutionalized and community children that took part in previous BEIP assessments
  • target recruitment age is +/- 3 mos of 16th birthday

Exclusion Criteria for assessment at age 16 years:

  • open or closed head injury within the past 12 months
  • viral or bacterial meningitis within the past 12 months
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
16 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
No
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Romania
 
 
NCT00747396
IRB-P00011741
R01MH091363 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Yes
Not Provided
Not Provided
Charles Alexander Nelson III, Boston Children's Hospital
Charles Alexander Nelson III
  • Tulane University Health Sciences Center
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Temple University
  • Duke University
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Charles A Nelson, Ph.D. Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard University
Principal Investigator: Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D. University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Zeanah, M.D. Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Boston Children’s Hospital
November 2017

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