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Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies

The wellbeing of families and children is affected not just by what happens at home and work, in classrooms, and on playgrounds, but also by broader forces, such as federal and state policies and programs. IPR faculty in this area study how social, economic, and governmental contexts intertwine to affect family dynamics and outcomes—in particular, those of children and young adults.

A Message From Mesmin Destin, Program Chair

Mesmin Destin

This interdisciplinary program combines the interests of IPR faculty studying how social programs, policies, and contexts affect the lives of families and children. Drawing from the fields of human development and social policy, psychology, sociology, economics, and law, many faculty share common interests with scholars in IPR programs on Poverty, Race, and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; and Education Policy—particularly in assessing the impact of public policies on America’s poor.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Julia Behrman, Emily Marshall, and Florian Keusch. 2024. A Conjoint Survey Experiment on Childbearing Preferences in the United States (WP-24-08).

Julia Behrman and Abigail Weitzman. 2020. Point of Reference: A Multi-sited Exploration of African Migration and Fertility in France (WP-20-09).

Kali Woodruff Carr, Danielle Perszyk, Elizabeth Norton, Joel Voss, David Poeppel, and Sandra Waxman . 2020. Developmental Changes in Auditory-Evoked Alpha Activity Underlie the Increasing Precision With Which Infants Link Language and Cognition (WP-20-08).

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Faculty Experts

Faculty come from the fields of economics, sociology, communication, African American studies, education and social policy, and others.

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IPR 2024 Distinguished Lecture with Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson
Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Policy Study: Hospital Visits by Illinois Youth for Anxiety and Depression

Children and adolescents are visiting hospital emergency departments (EDs) for serious behavioral, mental, and mood disorders in increasing numbers. Those diagnosed with anxiety or depression are frequently hospitalized. Who is going to EDs for help and who is being hospitalized in Illinois? IPR associates Joe Feinglass, a community health scholar, and Matthew Davis, a pediatrician, investigate with their colleagues.

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