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
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."
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.
MAD Lab Trivia Night!
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., 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., 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
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."
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!