Directed by Dr. Gizem Erdem, our lab examines the role of close relationships in promotion of youth development and prevention of risk behavior. We explore relationships with peers, friends, romantic partners, and non-parental adult mentors in normative and high risk & adverse contexts. We are particularly interested in exploring the benefits of building strong and meaningful relationships for youth and the mechanisms at which such relational processes could promote positive youth development and mental well-being. We also explore ways to prevent substance misuse and delinquency.
RESEARCH PROJECTS & PUBLICATIONS
ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
Our current research projects explore youth mentoring & its association of youth mental health, substance abuse stigma, and sibling relations in the context of alcoholism. We also have series of projects with youth involved in crime, and mental health of incarcerated youth and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for them.
COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Our completed projects focused on evidence-based assessment and interventions targeting adolescents involved in the criminal justice system and probation officers in Turkey. We also had projects with substance-abusing runaway and homeless youth as well as homeless families in the US.
PODCASTS & VIDEOS
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