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 in the spring of 2019! 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.
Adolescent Evaluations of Donald Trump
Dr. Metzger and Katelyn Room (graduate student) along with graduate alumni and other colleagues recently published a paper exploring the ways in which youth evaluate political leader by examining adolescents’ assessment of President Donald Trump. Youth gave their rated the degree to which they approved or disapproved of President Trump and then completed a free-response question in which they describe the reasons for their approval or disapproval ratings. Findings indicated that a number of demographic characteristics including youth’s gender and race/ethnicity as well as the political views of youth’s parents were associated with their approval ratings. In their justifications, youth provided a wide range of reasons for approving or disapproving of President Trump based on their own political views, views of important leader characteristics, and their own personal experiences.
Metzger, A., Alvis, L., Romm, K. F., Wray‐Lake, L., & Syvertsen, A. K. (2020). Adolescents’ Evaluations of Political Leaders: The Case of President Donald Trump. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
Parental Psychological Control and Developmental Outcomes
Katelyn Romm (graduate student) and Dr. Metzger published a paper examining the impact of parental psychological control, a negative, invasive form of parenting, on a wide range of youth outcomes including alcohol use, risky cyber behavior, and both over- and undereating behavior. The paper also explored the ways in which youth depression impacted the deleterious effects of parents’ use of psychological control. Findings indicated that parental psychological control predicted increases in youth problem behavior but the association was significantly stronger for youth who reported greater levels of depressive symptoms.
Romm, K. F., Metzger, A., & Alvis, L. M. (2020). Parental Psychological Control and Adolescent Problematic Outcomes: A Multidimensional Approach. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29(1), 195-207.
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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!