Mother consoling her daughter

Children and adolescents are embedded within a variety of physical, social, and cultural settings that shape their development. These settings change as they are influenced by individuals within them, the interconnections between settings, the passage of time, and historical events. Settings include families, childcare sites, school classrooms, peer relationships, geographical regions, and local, immigrant, and global cultures. Faculty in Human Development and Family Studies seek to acknowledge, better understand, and promote the positive development of children and adolescents within and across these contexts with a focus on building resilience. Of particular interest is research on childcare settings, parent involvement and parenting, childhood obesity prevention, emotional regulation, school performance, youth programs and activism, and acculturation and globalization.

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