Neighborhoods and Child Development

The Community Strengths Study provides a genes-to-geography view of the relationship between neighborhood-level factors and children’s health and behavior. With the support of the William T. Grant Foundation and Google, we have developed cost-effective methods for capturing levels of disorder, violence, decay and inequality in the neighborhoods of the 2232 children in the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study.

Adolescent Health and New Technologies

Adolescents love their phones - over 75% use text messaging to communicate, sending an average of 60 texts daily. We use mobile phones to capture adolescents’ affect, behavior, and biology as they move between their homes, schools and neighborhoods. We ask: how do adolescents react to conflict, such as bullying and discrimination, in their daily life? how are new technologies influencing adolescents developing brains, bodies and relationships?

Children, the Law and Social Policy

Over 300,000 adolescent girls are arrested each year in the United States, yet young women still represent an understudied and under served population in the justice system. As part of the Gender and Aggression Project, we followed adolescent girls on their journey through the justice system. This five-year prospective study of pathways through the justice system was designed to inform gender-sensitive research, policy and practice.

In the News:

Does City Life Pose a Risk to Mental Health?

Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms among urban children, a new study from researchers at Duke University and King’s College London finds. For  more, read the articles discussing the new research in Duke Today and the Scientific American.   Read the original research article here:  […]

Odgers awarded Jacobs Foundation Fellowship

Candice Odgers, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, has received a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship for 2016. Odgers, associate professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience, received one of the three Advanced Fellowships awarded for the year, drawn from a large pool of applicants from around the world. The […]

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

January 4, 2016 This New York Times opinion piece reveals alarming rates of school-related depression and anxiety among American students. Nearly one in three teenagers told the American Psychological Association that stress drove them to sadness or depression — and their single biggest source of stress was school, according to the author. “Expectations surrounding education have […]

Parents’ Top Fears About Teens’ Cellphone Use — Are They Justified?

Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a new report from Duke University researchers. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption. “Each generation worries about how young people are using their time,” said Candice Odgers, associate professor in […]

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