Pathways to Health from Adolescence through Young Adulthood (PROSPER 2nd Generation)

Duration: 2017 - Present
Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Principal Investigator: Mark E. Feinberg
Principal Investigator: Greg Fosco

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Description

Several important studies have contributed to our understanding of the factors and mechanisms by which experiences, behaviors, and traits in adolescence and emerging adulthood forecast the capacity to be a competent parent and raise a healthy, prosocial child. We are building on this work by leveraging a large, longitudinal intervention study (PROSPER) to: assess a developmental model that links key adolescent risk and protective factors to three critical factors in emerging adulthood (relationship competence, mental health, and risky behavior including substance use). 

These emerging adult factors, measured at ages 19-22, are in turn hypothesized to predict the quality of the early childrearing environment measured at ages 24-28. Finally, we trace these pathways forward to estimate the unique, relative, and combined influences of these adolescent-to-young adulthood pathways on key domains of child adjustment.

We will then evaluate, with our newly developed model, whether previously demonstrated intervention effects on adolescents' family relationships, peer network dynamics, and risky behaviors (substance use and conduct problems) in this sample lead to impact during the family formation period on the childrearing environment and early childhood adjustment.

The results of this project will yield insights into the adolescent and emerging adulthood factors that can be targeted to improve childrearing environments, as well as yield new information on the contribution of adolescent-focused substance use prevention to the adjustment and health of the next generation.

Project Team

Publications

Long-term effects of adolescent substance use prevention on participants, partners, and their children: Resiliency and outcomes 15 years later during the COVID-19 pandemic

Feinberg, M. E., Fang, S., Fosco G. M., Sloan, C. J., Mogle, J., &  Spoth, R. L. (2022). Long-term effects of adolescent substance use prevention on participants, partners, and their children: Resiliency and outcomes 15 years later during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prevention Science. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-022-01384-2

Family vulnerability, disruption, and chaos predict parent and child COVID-19 health-protective behavior adherence

Fosco, G. M., LoBraico, E. J., Sloan, C. J., Fang, S., & Feinberg, M. E. (2021). Family vulnerability, disruption, and chaos predict parent and child COVID-19 health-protective behavior adherence. Families, systems & health: The Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000649

Constellations of family risk for long-term adolescent antisocial behavior: A latent profile analysis

LoBraico, E.J., Bray, B.C., Feinberg, M.E., & Fosco, G.M. (2020). Constellations of Family Risk for Long-Term Adolescent Antisocial Behavior: A Latent Profile Analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 34, 587-597. 

Dynamic associations of parent-adolescent closeness and friend support with adolescent depressive symptoms across ages 12-19

Mak, H. W., Fosco, G.M., & Lanza, S. T. (2021). Dynamic Associations of Parent-Adolescent Closeness and Friend Support with Adolescent Depressive Symptoms Across Ages 12-19. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 31, 299-316. 

Predictors of attendance patterns in a universal family-based preventive intervention program

LoBraico, E.J., Fosco, G.M., Feinberg, M.E., Spoth, R. Redmond, C. & Bray, B.C. (In Press). Predictors of Attendance Patterns in a Universal Family-Based Preventive Intervention Program. Journal of Primary Prevention.  

Sensitization in situ: Identifying interindividual differences in adolescents’ intraindividual responsiveness to interparental conflict

Sloan, C. J., Fosco, G. M., & Ram, N. (2021). Sensitization in situ: Identifying interindividual differences in adolescents’ intraindividual responsiveness to interparental conflict. Family Relations, 22, 583-601. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12604

Constellations of family risk for long-term adolescent antisocial behavior

LoBraico, E., Bray, B., Feinberg, M., & Fosco, G. (2020). Constellations of family risk for adolescent antisocial behavior. Journal of Family Psychology, 34(5), 587-597. (e-pub ahead of publication). https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/fam0000640