Building Evidence Base in Developmental Science

DSSERL is working to build an evidence-base within developmental science that specifically addresses the role of multiple individual (e.g., self-regulation) and contextual factors (e.g., family, school, neighborhood) on adolescent development with a focus on positive youth development.

Studies have examined how individual factors such as self-regulation, contextual factors such as the family, school, neighborhood, and involvement in out-of-school activities affects the developmental trajectories of adolescents including outcomes related to positive youth development.

DSSERL is currently collaborating with colleagues at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and Duke University to study factors affecting successful transition to adulthood for youth with mental illness who have significant functional impairments and are disconnected or are at risk of becoming disconnected from health and social services. We are working with Durham, North Carolina's public mental health care for Building Every Chance of Making It Now and Grown Up (BECOMING), a program to improve the system of care for transition age youth with serious emotional disturbance in Durham, North Carolina.