Study explores links between violence exposure, friendship and depression in teens

A new study led by PRC faculty member, Justin Heinze examined the exposure to violence during adolescence and how that may increase the risk of depression and anxiety symptoms in early adulthood. Researchers also took into account the individual’s friendship attachment during adolescence and whether it influences the risk of the depression and anxiety symptoms […]

Family dynamics throughout teen years linked to sexual risk behaviors

A new publication from the Flint Adolescent Study explores how family functioning throughout the adolescent years relates to sexual risk behaviors among teens. HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a major public health concern in the US. Adolescents are at increased risk for HIV/STI and Black adolescents are disproportionately affected. Previous studies have […]

Youth with close friendships less likely to experience depression

Friendship attachment style during adolescence is linked to depressive symptoms for Africans Americans during the transition to young adulthood. A recent publication from the Flint Adolescent Study describes how attachment style may influence depression for low-income, urban African American adolescents at high risk for both insecure attachment and depression. Previous researchers have identified several types of friendship attachment […]

Anxiety in African American youth impacts future cortisol production in gender specific ways

ANN ARBOR—African-American youth whose anxiety levels are elevated by the everyday struggles they encounter will overproduce the stress hormone cortisol into adulthood, according to new research from the University of Michigan. Researchers found that anxiety among females and alcohol use among males in their teens predict their cortisol output seven years later. “This paper extends […]

Youth with solid educational goals may steer clear of violence

ANN ARBOR—Young African-American men who have well-established educational aspirations by the time they are in 9th grade are less likely than their peers to engage in violent behavior at age 22, researchers from the University of Michigan have found. The team also found that exposure to community violence led boys without such aspirations to be […]

Patterns of substance use among youth over time shed light on intervention strategies

Picture of a young woman smoking a cigarette.

Alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use among youth are of particular concern to public health researchers because of its prevalence and long term health effects. However, there has been little research on patterns of substance use as youth get older, leaving many questions unanswered. For example, how do youth go from using just one substance to […]

Parental support may protect young women against obesity

ANN ARBOR—Support from mom can tip the scales on who will become obese a dozen years later, a new study shows. African-American daughters in their 20s who receive emotional and moral support from their mothers are less likely to become obese. A research team from the University of Michigan School of Public Health followed participants […]

Research projects featured in Findings Magazine

Several PRC/MI faculty and research studies were featured in the latest issue of Findings Magazine, published by the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Betting on Love and the “The Physician’s Art of Compassion”(right hand side bar) describes Cleo Caldwell’s Fathers and Sons projects.   Love and Resiliency: Tales of Resiliency This feature focuses on two […]