The Adolescent Development Lab researches adolescent social-cognitive development in familial and community contexts. Specifically, the lab currently explores these contexts through the Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project, Civic Engagement Study, and the Family Communication Project.
Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project
Graduate Student Spotlight: Katelyn Romm
Congratulations to Katelyn Romm for several achievements and awards this month! Katelyn received:
Congratulations to Lauren Alvis on the successful defense of her dissertation!
Lauren's dissertation, Distinguishing Beliefs about Social Inequality: Associations among Dimensions of Critical Consciousness, examined young adults' perceptions of different forms of oppression. Her study found that specific beliefs about different group-based forms of inequality were differentially associated with various types of political engagement.
Dr. Metzger's Recent Department Presentation
Dr. Metzger recently gave a presentation on research in civic development for the psychology department's colloquium, attended by faculty and graduate students.
Developmental Competencies and Civic Engagement
Dr. Metzger, Lauren Alvis, and graduate alumni recently published a paper that contributes to our knowledge of youth civic development by examining associations between emotional and sociocognitive competencies (empathy, emotion regulation, prosocial moral reasoning, future-orientation) and civic engagement (volunteering, informal helping, political behaviors and beliefs, environmental behaviors, social responsibility values, civic skills). We found that empathy and future-orientation significantly predicted nearly all forms of civic engagement, whereas emotion regulation and prosocial moral reasoning were uniquely associated with specific forms of civic engagement. Further, these associations varied by age such that empathy and emotion regulation were more strongly associated with civic engagement in middle childhood and early adolescence whereas prosocial moral reasoning and future-orientation were more strongly related to civic engagement in late adolescence.
A Social Domain Approach to Informant Discrepancies in Parental Solicitation and Family Rules
Dr. Metzger, Elizabeth Babskie, Rebecca Olson, and Katelyn Romm and have published research examining discrepancies in mother-adolescent reports of family rules and solicitation across five distinct adolescent behaviors: personal behaviors and four different risk behaviors (alcohol-related, cyber, over- and under-eating. Results indicated that that discrepancies in mother-adolescent reports of family process differ by category of adolescent behavior.
Metzger, A., Alvis, L. M., Oosterhoff, B., Babskie, E., Syvertsen, A., & Wray-Lake, L. (2018). The intersection of emotional and sociocognitive competencies with civic engagement in middle childhood and adolescence. Journal of youth and adolescence, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-018-0842-5
Metzger, A., Ferris, K. A., & Oosterhoff, B. (2018). Adolescents’ civic engagement: Concordant and longitudinal associations among civic beliefs and civic involvement. Journal of Research on Adolescence. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12423
Metzger, A., Babskie, E., Olson, R. E., Romm, K. (2016). A social domain approach to informant discrepancies in parental solicitation and family rules. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(10), 2138-2150.
Metzger, A., Syvertsen, A. K., Oosterhoff, B., Babskie, E., & Wray-Lake, L. (2016). How children understand civic actions: A mixed methods perspective. Journal of Adolescent Research, 31(5), 507-535. doi:10.1177/07435584160002
Dr. Metzger and graduate students, Katelyn Romm and Lauren Alvis, recently teamed up with psychology teachers at a local high school. High school students enrolled in psychology were brought to WVU's campus for a tour and they met with psychology graduate students to talk about research. The high schoolers provided unique insights into the research being conducting in the Metzger lab!