Understanding and supporting the development of people in the day-to-day contexts in which they live and experience their multiple worlds are fundamental to any society’s hope of attaining a high quality of life and well-being for its citizens. The Institute for Human Development is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge with direct relevance for policies, programs, and practices that enhance life experiences at all stages of human development. In its foundational years, the Institute seeks particularly to become a major instrumental agent, locally as well as globally, for advancing knowledge about the earliest years of children’s development and harnessing such knowledge for the purposes of shaping policies and interventions that ensure a strong start in life for all children wherever they may live.​​​​

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Submissions from 2016

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CONTEXT AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF A GLOBAL SCIENCE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A COMMENTARY, Kofi Marfo

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Pre-adoption adversity and behavior problems in adopted Chinese children: A longitudinal study, Tony Xing Tan and Kofi Marfo

Submissions from 2014

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Some Growth Points in African Child Development Research, Robert Serpell and Kofi Marfo

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Some long-standing and emerging research lines in Africa, Robert Serpell and Kofi Marfo

Submissions from 2012

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Second-first language acquisition: analysis of expressive language skills in a sample of girls adopted from China, Tony Xing Tan, Troy Loker, and Robert F. Dredrick

Submissions from 2011

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Envisioning an African Child Development Field, Kofi Marfo

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Strengthening Africa’s Contributions to Child Development Research: Introduction, Kofi Marfo, Alan Pence, Robert A. LeVine, and Sarah LeVine

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Bridging Culture, Research, and Practice in Early Childhood Development: The Madrasa Resource Centers in East Africa, Peter Mwaura and Kofi Marfo

Submissions from 2010

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Early developmental and psychosocial risks and longitudinal behavioral adjustment outcomes for preschool-age girls adopted from China, Tony Xing Tan, Kofi Marfo, and Robert F. Dedrick

Submissions from 2009

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Preschool-age adopted Chinese children's sleep problems and family sleep arrangements, Tony Xing Tan, Kofi Marfo, and Robert F. Dedrick

Submissions from 2008

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Early childhood development in Africa: interrogating constraints of prevailing knowledge bases, Alan Pence and Kofi Marfo

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Factor structure of the Child Behavior Checklist/6-18 in a sample of girls adopted from China, Dedrick F. Robert, Tan Tony Xing, and Kofi Marfo

Submissions from 2007

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Experimental Analysis of Question Wording in an Instrument Measuring Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Inclusive Education, Robert F. Dedrick, Kofi Marfo, and Deborah M. Harris

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Factor structure and clinical implications of child behavior checklist/1.5-5 ratings in a sample of girls adopted from China, Tony Xing Tan, Robert F. Dedrick, and Kofi Marfo

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Special needs adoption from China: Exploring child-level indicators, adoptive family characteristics, and correlates of behavioral adjustment, Tony Xing Tan, Kofi Marfo, and Robert F. Dedrick

Submissions from 2006

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Parental ratings of behavioral adjustment in two samples of adopted Chinese girls: Age-related versus socio-emotional correlates and predictors, Tony Xing Tan and Kofi Marfo

Submissions from 2005

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Enhancing infant/toddler adjustment during transitions to childcare: A screening and intervention tool for practitioners, Fernandez T. Mari and Kofi Marfo