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Rachel M. Flynn; Nicholas J. Shaman; Diane L. Redleaf – Society for Research in Child Development, 2023
Policies and programs designed to serve children and families are sometimes misaligned with developmental science research. Broad child neglect reporting laws, first adopted by the United States in 1974, have led to families being prosecuted by child protection authorities for allowing children to participate in everyday age-appropriate activities…
Descriptors: Child Neglect, Federal Legislation, Definitions, Child Development
Pamela Morris-Perez; Rachel Abenavoli; Adam Benzekri; Sarah Rosenbach-Jordan; Gianna Rose Boccieri – Society for Research in Child Development, 2023
For much of the past decade, suicide has been the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the United States, and suicide rates among adolescents have been rising for the last 15 years. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors among adolescents were common before COVID-19 and have become an increasing public health priority in the pandemic's wake.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Suicide, Prevention, Public Policy
Bogan, Erin; Adams-Bass, Valerie N.; Francis, Lori A.; Gaylord-Harden, Noni K.; Seaton, Eleanor K.; Scott, Judith C.; Williams, Joanna L. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2022
The data on COVID-19 show an irrefutable and disturbing pattern: Black Americans are contracting and dying from COVID-19 at rates that far exceed other racial and ethnic groups. Due to historical and current iterations of racism, Black Americans have been forced into conditions that elevate their risk for COVID-19 and consequently place Black…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, African Americans, Racial Differences
Aceves, Lorena; Crowley, Daniel Max; Rincon, Brenda; Bravo, Diamond Y. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2022
The main goal of this social policy report is to propose a holistic approach for promoting developmental success among Latinx children and youth. This report highlights the need to 1) redefine success and 2) account for intersectional inequalities. First, the current demographic landscape of Latinx students is presented to showcase the variability…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Change, Hispanic American Students, Child Development
Mihalec-Adkins, Brittany P.; Shlafer, Rebecca – Society for Research in Child Development, 2022
The U.S. has seen a more than five-fold increase in the number of children who experience the incarceration of a parent, such that now 7% of all U.S. children have been impacted. Parental incarceration has been linked to an array of consequences for children's development and well-being, spanning most developmental domains and all developmental…
Descriptors: Parents, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Children
Edyburn, Kelly L.; Meek, Shantel – Society for Research in Child Development, 2021
In recent years, families with children from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America constitute a large and growing proportion of migrants and overall filed asylum claims. In an effort to deter overall immigration through the U.S.-Mexico border, the executive branch under the Trump administration has made substantial changes to federal…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Immigration, Undocumented Immigrants, Political Issues
Armstrong-Carter, Emma; Johnson, Catherine; Belkowitz, Julia; Siskowski, Connie; Olson, Elizabeth – Society for Research in Child Development, 2021
In the United States, more than 5.4 million children and adolescents under age 18 provide care for family members who are aging or have chronic illness, disability, or other health conditions that require assistance. In this policy report, we describe youth's care for the family, and highlight the increasing prevalence, global challenges, and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Caregivers, Well Being
Luthar, Suniya S.; Pao, Lisa S.; Kumar, Nina L. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2021
This is a mixed-methods study of risk and resilience in a sample of over 14,000 students from 49 schools, assessed during the first 3 months of COVID-19 in the United States. Over a third of students were of color and almost a third received financial aid. Participation rates were typically 90-99%. Overall, rates of clinically significant…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Risk, COVID-19, Pandemics
Malti, Tina – Society for Research in Child Development, 2020
The absence of violence against children is a fundamental children's right and a major milestone of civilized society. Similarly, reports on incidences of violence "by" children and youth, including severe cases with devastating consequences, speak to the need that the trauma of exposure to violence in childhood needs to be addressed.…
Descriptors: Violence, Children, Youth, Social Development
Font, Sarah A.; Gershoff, Elizabeth T. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2020
Foster care provides round-the-clock substitute care for nearly 700,000 U.S. children who are temporarily or permanently separated from their family of origin each year. Each state manages its own foster care system according to federal regulations. Despite numerous large-scale federal policy reforms over the past several decades, substantial…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Child Abuse, Public Policy, Child Rearing
Blumberg, Fran C.; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Calvert, Sandra L.; Flynn, Rachel M.; Green, C. Shawn; Arnold, David; Brooks, Patricia J. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2019
We document the need to examine digital game play and app use as a context for cognitive development, particularly during middle childhood. We highlight this developmental period as 6- through 12-year olds comprise a large swath of the preadult population that plays and uses these media forms. Surprisingly, this age range remains understudied with…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Play, Computer Software, Children
Wartella, Ellen, Ed. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2019
The effects of using interactive media have been well studied among young children and adolescents but remain understudied for middle childhood (ages 6-12 years). Children and youth of this age comprise much of the pre-adult population that uses digital games and apps. The Every Student Succeeds Act says that states must give students access to…
Descriptors: Children, Preadolescents, Video Games, Computer Oriented Programs
Hurst, Michelle A.; Polinsky, Naomi; Haden, Catherine A.; Levine, Susan C.; Uttal, David H. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2019
In recent decades, educators and policymakers in the United States have increased their focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities both in school and in informal learning environments outside of school. Informal STEM learning can take place in varied settings and involves a variety of STEM domains…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Educational Policy, STEM Education, Educational Opportunities
Barajas-Gonzalez, R. Gabriela; Ayón, Cecilia; Torres, Franco – Society for Research in Child Development, 2018
Heeding the call put out by the "New England Journal of Medicine" (2017), we utilize an ecological-transactional model as a conceptual framework for understanding existing literature and for guiding future research on immigration enforcement threat and Latino child development. Using the World Health Organization's definition of…
Descriptors: Violence, Hispanic Americans, Child Development, Immigration
Yoshikawa, Hirokazu; Wuermli, Alice J.; Raikes, Abbie; Kim, Sharon; Kabay, Sarah B. – Society for Research in Child Development, 2018
With decades of evidence to support early childhood development (ECD) programs and policies, investment in ECD has expanded worldwide. Currently, over 70 nations have national ECD legislation, the majority in the last 20 years. However, with these increased investments comes evidence that the capacity of policy systems to support ECD--across…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Educational Policy
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