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Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies

The well-being 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:

Miriam Novack, Diane Brentari, Susan Goldin-Meadow, and Sandra Waxman. 2020. Sign Language Promotes Object Categorization in Young Hearing Infants (WP-20-07).

Kirabo Jackson, Shanette Porter, John Easton, Alyssa Blanchard, and Sebastián Kiguel. 2020. School Effects on Socio-emotional Development, School-Based Arrests, and Educational Attainment (WP-20-06).

Paola Giuliano and Paola Sapienza. 2020. The Cost of Being Too Patient (WP-20-04).

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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 researchers
Producing Evidence for Better Policy Decisions

In 2019, IPR’s most-read articles reflected a year of celebration, as IPR marked its 50th anniversary, and of commitment, as studies tackled many of the persistent problems that society has faced since IPR’s founding in 1968.


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Policy Study: Neighborhood Social Conditions, Family Relationships, and Childhood Asthma

Positive family relationships might help youth to maintain good asthma management behaviors even in the face of difficult neighborhood conditions, according to a new study led by IPR health psychologist Edith Chen.

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