The Patterns of Their Lives: Eugene-Springfield Boys Growing Up
with Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.
In 1983, 200 local fourth-grade boys and their families from lower-income neighborhoods agreed to be in a study of the causes of delinquency. Little did they or the researchers know that 30 years later they would still be involved in one of the longest running and most comprehensive studies of males’ adjustment and risk behaviors that has been conducted in the U.S. Learn about patterns of crime, substance use, and depression over time for the men, their relationships with women, how their families and friends affected their behavior, and some new directions the study took over time as we made unexpected discoveries.Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.
is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene. She has worked on the longitudinal study of men since it began in 1983, and has published over 100 journal articles and chapters on the study. Her research interests center on developmental psychopathology and associated risk behaviors including substance use and violence.
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