Children, Youth and Families

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Children, Youth and Families

Children, youth, and families are members of many communities which may include neighborhoods, schools, and religious and civic groups. Community Psychologists study the interests of child and adolescents within these communities. Particular attention is paid to development in high risk contexts and especially the impact of urban poverty and community structures on child and family development.

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Kids Need More from School? Utilize Assistant Teachers!

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Communities across the United States are expanding early childhood education (ECE) with the goal of promoting children’s development. Considerable scholarship and policy initiatives have sought to strengthen the ECE workforce to ensure these children attend classrooms with strong teachers, but most of this work focuses exclusively on lead teachers and overlooks the role of assistant teachers. […]

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Safe, Secure, and Loved: Parent Education

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Community-led parent education focused on managing parenting stress, clarifying parenting goals, and strengthening nurturing parenting can engage and mobilize a volunteer community workforce.

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Supporting After-School Staff and Programs

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After-school programs provide safe, supervised settings for homework and play. Over time, communities have begun to rely even more on after-school programs, reflecting changes in the national landscape for working families. Benefits to youth rely on high quality programming supported by structure and positive engagement. Programs in marginalized communities are under-funded and face frequent staff […]

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Impact of Community Violence on Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Community violence impacts all youth, not just youth who are directly exposed to the violence.

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The Psychological Value of Activism

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LGBTQ & GNC youth experience economic hardships and social stress in ways that continue to pose a threat to their health and well-being. Engaging in activist efforts can potentially improve their health in addition to furthering social change.

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Improving After-School Programming

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We can improve the effectiveness of afterschool programs by setting high expectations for youth, encouraging staff teamwork and engagement, and providing opportunities for staff to personally identify with youth they are serving.

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A Modern Example of Colonialism: We Will Not Forget Ayotzinapa

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Inspiration
On September 26, 2014 near Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, a group of 43 normal school students were kidnapped, murdered, and then disappeared, by what many believe was an operation of the Mexican federal government and military. Historically, students in Mexico who opposed the Mexican government, especially the views of PRI and the way they govern, have […]

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Infograph: Effects of Deportation and Forced Separation on Immigrants, their Families, and Communities

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A companion to our policy statement, this infographic is useful for immigration-related advocacy.

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Effectos de la Deportación y la Separación Forzada

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy
Declaración sobre los efectos de la deportación y la separación forzada en los inmigrantes, sus familias y las comunidades Declaración de Pólítica de la Sociedad para la Investigación y Acción Comunitaria: División 27 de la Asociación Americana de Psicología Preparada por: Regina Day Langhout, Sara L. Buckingham, Ashmeet K. Oberoi, Nóe R. Chavez, Dana Rusch, Francesca […]

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Early to Bed, More Organized to Rise? Preliminary Evidence Shows that an Earlier Bedtime may be Beneficial for Teens’ Cognitive Functioning

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
Most teenagers do not get enough sleep. We know that teens have many competing demands for their time and attention (e.g., school, family, peers), and many reasons to want to stay up late. Their evenings may be filled with school activities, homework, and hanging out or talking online with friends. Many teens also experience a […]

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