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Featured Research

Here we showcase a sample of current research conducted within and about communities.

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Kids Need More from School? Utilize Assistant Teachers!

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags:
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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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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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The Psychological Value of Activism

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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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

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Sense of Community | Tags:
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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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What is Life Like in an Immigrant Detention Center?

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Sense of Community | Tags:
The inhumanity of detention has far reaching effects on communities outside of the detention facility.

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Teach the Children Well: Social Justice in College Predicts Preference for Socially Responsible Jobs

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Taking a social justice focused course or participating in extracurricular volunteering made it more likely for students to want to work for a socially responsible company.

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Why Chatting with your Best Friend about how much Fun you had at the Party is Good for You and Your Community’s Health

Posted in: Prevention Science, Sense of Community | Tags:
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It is intuitive that social support and positive interactions within communities are linked to better physical and emotional health for individual community members. However, we have not be able to say, from a research standpoint, how or why this is the case. In Sharing Positive Experiences Boosts Resilient Thinking: Everyday Benefits of Social Connection and […]

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Is it Any of Our Business? How Religious Leaders Understand and Respond to IPV

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What is the role of a spiritual leader in the private sphere of the home? How do church leaders address the tensions between reducing the rate of divorce, promoting family stability, and addressing the needs of church members at risk for emotional, financial, and physical violence within their families? The “holy hush” refers to a […]

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How Does Exposure to Violence During Adolescence Impact Future Orientation?

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Exposure to violence (ETV) is associated with poorer mental and physical health outcomes including mental distress, suicidal ideation, problematic behaviors, and substance abuse. Individuals with regular exposure to violence may be at higher risk of hopelessness and more likely to avoid consideration of the future in a positive way. Up to now, we haven’t known […]

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Untested Rape Kits…Why?

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In 2009, approximately 11,000 sexual assault kits (also called “rape kits”) were found in a remote police property storage facility in Detroit, Michigan. The vast majority of these kits had never been tested by a crime laboratory for forensic DNA evidence. This meant that about 11,000 rape victims had sexual assault kits collected at a […]

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