Youth and Adolescent Development Projects

youthdev keyareas smScholars 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.


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  • Improving Two-Generation Approaches for Children and Family

    Completed 2015

    WCW prepared 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.



  • Measuring the Impact of a Middle School Comprehensive Sex Education Curriculum

    Completed 2014
    Assessing Middle School Sexual Education

    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.



  • An in-depth look at teen/parent sexual communication

    Completed
    Teen/Parent sexual communication

    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.



  • Analysis of Adolescent Family Life

    Completed in 2011
    Adolescent family life

    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.



  • Attachment- and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

    Completed in 2009

    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.



  • Physical Activity over Time: Health Outcomes of Elementary School Children

    Completed in 2011
    Long-term health benefits of physical activity

    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.



  • Normative Development of Puerto Rican Adolescents

     
    Development of Young Puerto Ricans

    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.



  • Mothers-Sons Project: A special project at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute

    Ongoing
    Relationships Between Mothers and Sons

    This study seeks to emphasize connection between mothers and sons by defining stages in development and countering the pressures faced in each one.



  • Raising Confident and Competent Girls: How Schools Can Support Girls

    Completed

    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.



  • Adolescent Mixed-Ancestry Identity: A Measurement Pilot

    2006 - 2009
    Self-Identity of Youth of Mixed Ancestry

    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.



  • Girls Coalition of Greater Boston

    2001-2002
    Coalition of Girls' Advocates

    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.



  • Sports as Protective of Girls' High-Risk Sexual Behavior

    2000-2005
    Sports' Influence on Sexual Behavior

    This study sought to clarify the links and benefits between sports and high-risk sexual behavior among high-school girls.



  • Puerto Rican Young Fathers' Involvement with Their Children

    1999-2003
    Puerto Rican Fathers and Their Children

    This study utilized the data from interviews to determine what factors permeated the experiences of young Puerto Rican fathers.



  • Television Consumption and Adolescent Sexual Activity

    Completed in 2004
    Television's Influence on Adolescent Sex

    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.



  • Social Context Of Puerto Rican Children's Health And Growth

    Completed in 1997
    Puerto Rican Children's Health and Development

    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.



  • WILL: A Unique Model for Higher Education in the 21st-Century

    1995-1996
    Female College Students, Roles and Relationships

    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.

 
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