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About the Initiatives

The Identity Project

The Identity Project is designed to provide adolescents with tools and strategies that help them understand, explore, and feel good about their constantly evolving identity. The major goal of this project is to design a curriculum for an intervention that promotes the identity formation process during the developmental period of adolescence, when the question "Who Am I?" is constantly on youths' minds.

Sisters and Brothers are Special Project

The purpose of this project is to test the effectiveness of a universal prevention program designed to promote positive sibling and family relationships in Mexican American families with children in middle to late childhood (i.e., elementary school, grades 1 through 5). This program is designed to teach fundamental social skills (e.g., communication, perspective-taking, problem-solving) in the context of sibling relationships. The program involves 12 weekly afterschool sessions with siblings and three family fun nights (including the whole family).

Supporting MAMI Project

The Supporting MAMI (Mexican-origin Adolescent Mothers and their Infants) Project is focused on understanding the pregnancy and parenting experiences of Mexican-origin teen mothers, with a specific focus on developmental, cultural, and family relationship factors. A main goal of the Supporting MAMI Project is to understand how these young women and their children can achieve positive outcomes despite their experiences with economic, cultural, and family stressors. In addition, we are particularly interested in identifying cultural and family resources that can promote positive outcomes among Mexican-origin teen mothers and their families. The study began when adolescents were in their third trimester of pregnancy and we are currently in our 6th wave of interviews, in which the children are turning 5 years old.

The Success in Latino Neighborhoods Project

The Success in Latino Neighborhoods Project is designed to identify sources of strength and resilience within Latino neighborhoods that can support families, parents, and adolescents as they negotiate normative family and developmental challenges. The major goal of the project is to identify the malleable mechanisms via which living in co-ethnic neighborhoods may support families and youth. In its initial phases the project will focus on Mexican-origin youth and will examine adjustment as a function of the intersection of neighborhoods, families, and individuals.

Families Preparing the New Generation

Families Preparing the New Generation/Familias Preparando la Nueva Generación (FPNG) is a parenting intervention program developed by SIRC in partnership with parents and schools. FPNG was designed as a complimentary intervention to keepin'it REAL (kiR), a culturally grounded school-based substance use prevention intervention for middle school-aged students. The study tested if adding a parenting intervention would strengthen or boost the effects of the already efficacious kiR. The design and evaluation of the original intervention took place in 2007-2011 through an efficacy trial. The intervention was found to be efficacious; children whose parents participated in FPNG benefited the most from participating in kiR.

The Culture and Biology Initiative

The Culture and Biology Initiative is an effort to advance the emerging field of culture and biology interplay, that centers on how these two processes have evolved together in humans and animals, how they influence each other, and how this relationship shapes behavior and cognition.

The Meta-Research in Culture Initiative (MARTA)

The Meta-Reserach in Culture Initiative (MARTA) identifies problems and biases in the way psychologists study culture. By conducting meta-research or "research on research", MARTA aims at improving our understanding of the contribution of cultural processes in behavior and cognition. It follows other meta-research initiatives, including the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS).