Federal policies for research on children

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Federal policies for research on children have implications for individual investigators and for the direction and quality of the research they carry out. Preliminary analyses of patterns of support, management, and planning of research help reveal the nature of federal policies for research on children and how these policies may have affected research. Generally, policies for research on children are de facto outcomes of federal support of the sciences and domestic programs of the government that include children as clients. These latter, in turn, derive from chronic and acute historical developments such as the evolution of negotiated government contracting for research and the creation of politically sophisticated groups of professionals who deliver children's services. Examining how federal policies develop and change in response to such historical forces may contribute to understanding what is learned about children and their world through research. (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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