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Improving the Odds for Dropouts

Certain life experiences can worsen the negative effects of dropping out of school, but interventions and treatments can improve the odds for dropouts, a new study finds.

The study, available in the June edition of Journal of Adolescent Health, followed 585 children from age 5 to age 27. It looked at what factors elevated children’s risk of dropping out, how high school dropouts fared later in life and what factors prevented negative outcomes.

Jennifer E. Lansford, a Center faculty fellow, and Kenneth A. Dodge, the Center’s director, led the research.

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Why Do Urban Children Experience More Psychotic Symptoms?

Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms among urban children, a new study from Center researchers finds.

Previous research has identified higher rates of psychotic symptoms among children in cities. The study is the first to examine why.

“We wanted to understand how the communities children live in are affecting them,” said Candice Odgers, the Center’s senior associate director. “This study helps us identify specific features of neighborhoods that may be especially toxic for children’s mental health.”

Center faculty fellows Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt are also authors of the study.

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