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The Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program is an interdisciplinary research effort seeking to understand the nature, course of development, and later life consequences of behaviors that put young people's health and development at risk. It is the oldest of the five research programs at IBS and has the largest portfolio, both in numbers of grants and funding. In 2012, the Program expanded its focus to also include studying the factors that promote positive youth development. The Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program continues to be recognized as one of the strongest interdisciplinary research efforts on problem behavior in the United States and internationally.
Building bridges between the research community, practitioners and policy makers to prevent violence and promote positive youth development by putting research into practice.
Identifying and disseminating evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that are effective in reducing antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development.
Advancing safe, trauma-responsive school environments by developing programs and partnerships that promote resilience and wellbeing of educators, staff and students.
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