Adolescent Decision-Making Study

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

A study to learn what contributes to healthy decision making in adolescent girls.

Project Overview

The Adolescent Decision-Making Study addresses a gap in the understanding of how decision making processes might be associated with healthy and health-risking behaviors in adolescent girls. The sample consists of 100 girls who participated in the Middle School Success Program which was aimed at preventing the onset of problem behaviors among a sample of girls in foster care. In the present study, adolescent girls (age 15 – 17) participate in an in-person, analog decision making assessment and girls and their caregiver complete questionnaires about their behaviors and decision making strategies.

Year Project Began: 2009
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator

Leslie Leve, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Leve’s research is focused on the translation of basic research to inform preventive interventions. She leads research grants from NIDA, NIMH, and NICHD that focus on developmental pathways and intervention outcomes for at-risk youth and families. This includes preventive intervention studies with youth in foster care and with adolescents in the juvenile justice system aimed at preventing risk behaviors and improving public health outcomes, as well as adoption studies that examine the interplay between biological (genetic, hormonal), psychological, and social influences on development. Her published work in the area of gene-environment interplay emphasizes the translation of basic research findings to help refine the selection of malleable environmental targets in the context of prevention and intervention studies. She is also interested in issues specific to adjustment and outcomes for girls and women. Dr. Leve is a Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services in the College of Education and a Research Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon. She is the recipient of the 2011 Society for Prevention Research Prevention Science Award and is a member of the Society for Prevention Research Board of Directors. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1995.