Youth and Young Adults

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Hallie E. Ford Center

We empower youth to strengthen their development, support behaviors and settings that promote their resilience, and reduce vulnerability for a successful transition to adulthood.

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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


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Mistrust, discrimination influence Latino health care satisfaction
Mistrust of the medical community and perceived discrimination by health care providers can affect how satisfied young adult Latinos in rural Oregon are with their health care, new research from Oregon State University shows. Findings of the research were published recently in "The Journal of Rural Health." The article was co-authored by S. Marie Harvey, associate dean and professor of public health, and Jocelyn T. Warren, assistant research professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

Are conceptions of adulthood universal and unisex? Ages and social markers in 25 European countries
Despite ample research on behavioral aspects of the transition to adulthood, few comparative studies have focused on “subjective” facets. Using data from the European Social Survey, Rick Settersten, Endowed Director of the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families probes similarities and differences in conceptions of adulthood for men and women in twenty-five European countries.

Can Better Communication Reduce STD Rates Among Black Youth?
Researchers believe that if more adults — teachers, mentors and parents — would address the topic of STDs instead of shying away from it, young folks would listen and potentially be armed with the information they need to make better decisions when it comes to sex. To read full article visit Sexual Health Information Networks: What are Urban African American Youth Learning?

Researchers Focus on Sexual Health of Urban Youth
Oregon State University researchers now say that organizations may have been going the wrong way about preventing risky sexual behavior among teens.

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.

Study: School-based prevention program improves academics; reduces problem behavior
A study by Oregon State University researchers found that a prevention program that teaches social and emotional skills and character development to elementary school children can improve academic test scores as much as 10 percent on national standardized math and reading tests.

School-based prevention program reduces problem behaviors in fifth-graders by half
A study by Oregon State University researchers suggests that school-based programs begun in elementary school to reduce risky behaviors can indeed significantly reduce problem behaviors in students.

High Rates of Childhood Sexual Abuse Contributing Factor in Spread of HIV
Men who engage in risky sexual behavior with other men report much higher rates than average of experiencing severe childhood sexual abuse, according to a new study in the November issue of the International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect.

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