Research

Members of the Center's board and Scientific Advisory Committee are actively involved in research at their respective institutions on the science of adolescent development. Following are some of the most recent studies they have published. 

Research: The Need to Contribute During Adolescence

Authors: Andrew J. Fuligni

Source: Perspectives on Psychological Science (December 2018)

Center board member Andrew Fuligni explains the importance of providing opportunities for adolescents to contribute to their families, peers, schools, and communities in meaningful ways. Contributing promotes some of the key developmental needs of adolescence: autonomy, identity, and intimacy.

The Need to Contribute During Adolescence

Research: Importance of Investing in Adolescence from a Developmental Science Perspective

Authors: Ronald E. Dahl, Nicholas B. Allen, Linda Wilbrecht, & Ahna Ballonoff Suleiman

Source: Nature (February 2018)

In this Research Perspective for Nature, Ron Dahl, Nick Allen, Linda Wilbrecht, and Ahna Suleiman (members of the Center’s Leadership Team) make the case for global investment in the health and well-being of adolescents.

Importance of Investing in Adolescence from a Developmental Science Perspective

Research: Why Interventions to Influence Adolescent Behavior Often Fail but Could Succeed

Authors: David S. Yeager, Ronald E. Dahl, and Carol S. Dweck

Source: Perspectives on Psychological Science (December 2017)

The authors review evidence that preventive interventions for middle adolescents (ages 13-17) might be more effective if they honor adolescents’ sensitivity to being respected.

Why Interventions to Influence Adolescent Behavior Often Fail but Could Succeed

Research: Affective Parenting Behaviors, Adolescent Depression, and Brain Development: A Review of Findings From the Orygen Adolescent Development Study

Authors: Orli S. Schwartz, Julian G. Simmons, Sarah Whittle, Michelle L. Byrne, Marie B. H. Yap, Lisa B. Sheeber, and Nicholas B. Allen

Source: Child Development Perspectives (June 2017)

This article discusses findings from an 8-year, longitudinal study of 198 adolescents starting when they were about 12 years old. Results show that high aggression and low positivity from parents, particularly during positive family interactions and conflicts, is linked to a greater risk of depression later in adolescence.

Affective Parenting Behaviors, Adolescent Depression, and Brain Development: A Review of Findings From the Orygen Adolescent Development Study