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:

City kids more likely to have psychotic experiences

Kids growing up in the city are significantly more likely than those raised in the country to have psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices and experiencing intense paranoia. A study published May 22 in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin shows that these youths are more than 40 percent more likely to have a psychotic experience by […]

Depression worsening among girls

Good news – adolescents’ alcohol use has fallen to the lowest point in 25 years. Teen pregnancies have also been trending downward and high school graduation rates have reached a record high in the United States. Based on these key metrics it seems that US kids today are outperforming past cohorts and living healthier lives. […]

More technology use linked to mental health issues in at-risk adolescents

More use of technology is linked to later increases in attention, behavior and self-regulation problems for adolescents already at risk for mental health issues, a new study from Duke University finds. Read more. Publication Link News Link

Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions

A review of data from 67 high-quality interventions — all of which included some degree of pre-literacy and early math skill-building and most of which targeted economically disadvantaged children — found that the effects preschool faded startlingly fast: falling by half within a year and by half again two years later. The Washing Post article. […]

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