Scholars at the Wellesley Centers for Women have conducted research studies and evaluations on issues related to child and adolescent development, including issues around race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and identity; the effects of early child care; the value of physical activity; preventing depression; examining unique family dynamics; and exploring sexuality and evaluating sex-education programming.
Family communication about sex can reduce risky sexual behaviors, but most studies focus only on the teen-parent dyad.
This project will evaluate the Boston Summer Learning Program.
This study looks at factors putting youth at risk for obesity.
This investigation will longitudinally explore continuity and change in teen-family sexual communication over teens' transition to high school.
This project is designed to support children's social-emotional and cognitive development.
This study examines the influence of gender, adversity, and social learning on the development of drug and alcohol-use patterns in a sample of adolescents.
WCW prepares a white paper and two research reviews to frame the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s approach to two-generation strategies related to advancing family economic security and children’s education and learning simultaneously
The purpose of this online nationwide survey study is to understand how different types of media (i.e. social, technological, televised) impact young people’s sense of social identities, including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political attitudes, and civic engagement.
Ongoing since 2017
The project goal is to develop a professional development framework that will support specific program practices and enhance current system-building efforts.
Parent and Peer Influences on Social Media Use in Early Adolescence: Implications for Psychosocial and Behavioral Health
The research teamwill examine the long-term effects of an earlier intervention on preventing depression during the critical developmental transition to young adulthood.
This national, multi-site research study aims to test the effectiveness and generalizability of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for preventing depressive disorders in at-risk adolescent offspring of parents with depression.
Evaluation of a primary care/Internet-based depression prevention program for at-risk adolescents and their families.
Charmaraman will interview a subset of 30 participants from the larger online survey study of over 1,300 young people aged 12 – 25 from the U.S. and abroad.
This study addresses the potential of maternal and paternal parenting processes to reduce high risk of early sex and teen pregnancy for offspring of teen parents.
This project aims to explicate the relation between parental depression, parenting styles, parent/child relationships, sibling relationship quality and internalizing and externalizing outcomes in children.
Ongoing since 2018
Project Director: LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D.
Funders: Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and the Remmer Family Foundation, Inc.
This culturally responsive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program seeks to increase underserved girls' interest and confidence in science and math.
Racial/ethnic self-identification can vary over time and place, in other words, some adolescents of mixed ancestry report different single-race or mixed-race identifications at different times and in different situations. This report seeks to explore whether adolescents of mixed-ancestry have particular strengths or weaknesses compared within their single-race-reporting peers.
This project surveyed and assessed Title XX Adolescent Family Life (AFL)-funded research to assist in developing a new AFL research agenda that is applicable to prevention and care demonstration projects.
This project is an in-depth qualitative investigation of teen/parent communication about sex and relationships, which provides an in-depth look at families participating in the evaluation of middle school education program. It includes interviews with 32 teen/parent pairs who are participants in the Get Real middle school sex education program.
Interventions based on exploring intergenerational attachment patterns and learning to use mindfulness exercises can be useful in helping pregnant and parenting teens modulate their reactions to stress.
The Girls Coalition, a diverse consortium of Boston-area organizations and individuals working together to encourage the healthy development of girls, was initiated at WCW.
This project was a multi-faceted engagement with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts to conduct an evaluation of the Get Real middle school sexual education curriculum.
This study seeks to emphasize connection between mothers and sons by defining stages in development and countering the pressures faced in each one.
This longitudinal study on Puerto Rican adolescents revealed new data that differed from previous examinations of Puerto Rican 'at risk' youth. In this study, these youths were found to be well-adjusted and close to their families, not prone (as previously assumed) to risky behavior.
This is a secondary analysis of data collected over the long-term to determine how physical activity benefits the overall health and well-being of children over time. This study will focus on the NICHD’s Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development data.
This study utilized the data from interviews to determine what factors permeated the experiences of young Puerto Rican fathers.
This project examined the lives of middle-school aged girls from various social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Researchers focused on issues such as self-confidence, bridging the home-school culture gap, and student and teacher resources.
This study sought to determine levels of healthy development of Puerto Rican children living in the U.S. mainland, and took into account family variables, perceived discrimination, and geographic location.
This study sought to clarify the links and benefits between sports and high-risk sexual behavior among high-school girls.
Conclusions from this five-year project focused on relationships between personal ethnic identification and television consumption, as well as levels of sexual content in varying shows.
This project studied the impact of an undergraduate program that enables female college students to earn a minor in women's studies through comprehensive examination of gender roles and relationships and through mentorships.