The Adolescent Social 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
Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Babskie
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Yale Babskie on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation! Her dissertation is entitled "Beyond the what and how: Why parents want to know about their adolescents' lives."
Undergraduate Star of the Month!
Shannon has been a great help in the MAD Lab this Fall! Her willingness to take the initiative and always get the task done right is very much appreciated! Thank you so much for your dedication and keep up the great work!
Graduate Student Spotlight: Rebecca Olson
Congratulations to graduate student, Rebecca Olson on the successful defense of her dissertation entitled, “Religiousness and Political Attitudes in 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 recently 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.
Parents and Civic Development
Parents are thought to play a major role in adolescent's civic engagement. One way parents parents might contribute to adolescents beliefs about civic engagement is through the types of 'civic messages' they communicate to their teen. In a recent study,Benjamin Oosterhoff, Aaron Metzger, and Elizabeth Babskie used a video-recorded parent-adolescent interaction task to document the types of messages parents and teens communicate with each other about citizenship and civic duty. The article is currently in press in Journal of Adolescent Research. Click below for access to the article or visit the Family Communication Project page to learn more.
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
Metzger, A., Oosterhoff, B., Palmer, C., Ferris, K. (2014). Dimensions of citizenship: Associations among adolescents’ core values and civic judgments. Political Science and Politics.
The Adolescent Development Lab recently traveled to Minneapolis, MN to present research at the 2018 Meeting for the Society for Research on Adolescence. Dr. Metzger presented a talk, entitled “Longitudinal links between youth civic engagement and socioemotional competencies.”
Graduate student, Lauren Alvis presented two posters entitled "Facets of adolescent civic reasoning: An examination of individual differences" and "Longitudinal associations among critical consciousness, efficacy, and political action in adolescence."
Graduate student, Katelyn Romm presented two posters, entitled “Dimensions of parental psychological control and adolescent outcomes: The role of autonomy" and "Patterns of parenting behaviors: Associations with adolescent problematic outcomes."
MAD Lab Trivia Night
Graduate student, Katelyn Romm recently traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project. Undergraduate research assistants have been hard at work on data checking, data cleaning, and identifying returning participants. The lab is currently working on data collection in West Virginia.