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LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research

The LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research is a collaborative group of faculty and students that supports community-engaged interdisciplinary research in health, education, relationships and development of infants, children, adolescents, emerging adults and families everywhere.

Our research programs are based on three common themes:

First, our faculty members are engaged in research on youth, defined as the first two decades of the life span. The problems of youth are of broad concern not only to the academic community but also to society at large.

Second, our faculty members examine factors and conditions that place youth at risk for maladaptive outcomes, both physical and psychological. Risk factors of interest include ecological, social, behavioral, and physical conditions that impede well-being.  This focus includes applied research that investigates programs designed to prevent risky behavior, such as violence or HIV/AIDS risk.

Finally, our faculty members are engaged in programs that promote positive physical or mental health in youth. The scientific study of risk implies a complementary examination of factors which protect against risk and promote resiliency. LaMarsh faculty members are committed to research which promotes positive youth development.

The following topics are but a select sample, representative of areas currently under investigation by LaMarsh members:

Culture and Parenting

Girls’ aggression
Dating violence
Healthy peer and romantic relationships
Cognitive flexibility in childhood
Violence prevention programs in schools
Risky sexual behaviour
HIV/AIDS education and risk
Epidemiology of childhood injury
Youth sport and psychosocial influences
Developmental trajectories of mood disorders from childhood to
emerging adulthood in aboriginal youth

Injury prevention
Media constructions of gender identity and violence
Psychosocial adjustment of youth with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
Anxiety prevention among youth from high-risk communities
Developmental asynchrony and resiliency in teenage mothers
Preventing maltreatment in high-risk parent-infant dyads
Risk in vulnerable infants of immigrant & transnational families

The Centre’s research agenda has shifted from its original focus on violence to a focus on children and youth, including children and youth at risk.