African American couples (N = 139; 67.7 % married; with children between the ages of 9 and 14) were randomly assigned to (a) a culturally sensitive, couple- and parenting-focused program designed to prevent stress-spillover (n = 70) or (b) an information-only control condition in which couples received self-help materials (n = 69). Eight months after baseline, youth whose parents participated in the program, compared with control youth, reported increased parental monitoring, positive racial socialization, and positive self-concept, as well as ...Continue Reading →
Neglectful rearing is linked with young adults’ substance use and abuse, though the developmental mechanisms that underlie this association are unclear. The present study examines links between self-esteem growth during adolescence, childhood supervisory versus physical neglect severity, and substance use and abuse in young adulthood. A sample of youth was obtained from the Add Health study (N = 8738; 55.4 %-Female; 20 %-African American, 14.7 %-Hispanic). Growth mixture modeling analyses supported declining, ascending, and stable high self-esteem trajectories. The declining ...Continue Reading →
Prior research shows that homeless youth use substances at high rates. Most studies have focused on the risk factors that often accompany homeless youth’s drug use, the authors say. This study sought to identify not only risk factors, but also to reveal which protective factors, or “individual and environmental conditions that decrease the likelihood of problem behaviors or buffer the effects of risk,” are effective for homeless youth, Thompson et al. write.
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In a recent study that’s not yet published, Driska and his colleagues looked at an intense two-week wrestling camp, measuring feelings and attitudes of 89 teens before the camp experience and after.
As expected, the players’ confidence increased — it was a tough camp to get through, Driska says. But what surprised him, he says, was how much feelings of hopefulness among the young people also increased.
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Much has been written about how to prevent students from leaving high school before graduating, and which life experiences or risk factors may lead a young person to drop out. Less is known, however, about what promotes the attainment of a high school diploma.
In order to help all young people stay on the path to graduation, it is important to consider the influences in their lives that lead to on-time graduation.
The Center for Promise research team reviewed the last 25 ...Continue Reading →
Between conversations with other moms, plenty of books on the subject, and talking to my boys directly, I have come up with what I think are the eleven most important things…Continue Reading →
After teaching more than 20 10-week introductory mindfulness courses at five different high schools over the past few years, I have learned one main lesson: You have to make mindfulness class relevant to the daily lives of students. Sports, relationships, parents, teachers, friends—if you can relate it to what the students are experiencing and they understand how it can actually be useful in their lives, you start to grab their ...Continue Reading →
Violence and trauma can have serious and long-lasting consequences for children’s physical and mental health, and the cost to families, communities, and the Nation is staggering. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them.Continue Reading →