Healthy Development for Youth and Young Adults

Researchers in this core study the behaviors and environments that threaten or enhance the health and well-being of youth, and develop interventions to maximize healthy development.

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PHHS Student to Receive Thurgood Marshall Graduate Scholarship

Health Promotion and Health Behavior PhD student Ryan Singh recently received news that he will receive the Thurgood Marshall Graduate Scholarship, which honors Thurgood Marshall, the first black American to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Read full article.

Research Seminar Panel Discussion: Translating Evidence-Based Programs to Practice

Presenter: Joseph A. Catania, PhD

With Melissa Davey-Rothwell, PhD, Peggy Dolcini, PhD, Kari-Lyn Sakuma, PhD, Laurel Kincl, PhD

News articles on core research

  • Information Age: Do Urban African-American Youth Find Sexual Health Information Online?                                          M.Margaret Dolcini and collegues examined how urban African American youth use the Internet, what sexual health topics they look for (e.g., condoms, HIV, relationships), and what prompts them to look for that information online. Researchers recruited 81 heterosexual youth ages 15 to 17 from youth-serving agencies located in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago and San Francisco. They interviewed youth about their Internet use, specifically the extent to which they use it and the range of sexual health information they searched for and viewed.

Healthy Development for Youth and Young Adults

  • Not Quite Adults
    Why are 20-somethings delaying adulthood? The media have flooded us with negative headlines about this generation, from their sense of entitlement to their immaturity. Drawing on almost a decade of cutting-edge research and nearly five hundred interviews with young people, Richard Settersten, Ph.D., and Barbara E. Ray shatter these stereotypes, revealing an unexpected truth: A slower path to adulthood is good for all of us.
  • They’re Still Targeting Us
    To Brian Flay it was no surprise that the tobacco company-sponsored nti-smoking ads aimed at kids didn’t work. “And the ads aimed at parents telling their kids not to smoke backfired as well,” he explains.He was on a research team that surveyed more than 100,000 students nationwide in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades about TV ads. The results, recently published in the American Journal of Public  Health, showed that each additional ad viewed aimed at kids resulted in a 3 percent stronger intention to smoke. When they saw the ads targeted to parents, there was a 12 percent increase in the likelihood  that they would smoke.

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