This study is a follow-up of two randomized intervention studies aimed at improving adjustment and reducing delinquency during adolescence. As teenagers, the 166 women in the Relationship study were referred for-out-of-home care due to their involvement in the juvenile justice system. Girls were randomly assigned to either receive Treatment Foster Care of Oregon (TFCO) services or to receive “community treatment as usual” (e.g., Group Care). The original studies examined the characteristics and contexts of gender-appropriate treatments that help girls improve their supportive and productive relationships and level of functioning in the community, and reduce their criminal activity, drug use, and health-risking sexual behavior. The Relationship study will follow the original study participants into young adulthood (ages 21-28) to further our understanding of the pathways to healthy adjustment and the prevention of sexual risk-taking, drug use, and child welfare and adult corrections involvement. One in-person assessment will be conducted with each female and her current romantic partner (if she has one); in addition, telephone interviews will be conducted every 6 months for the duration of the study.Year Project Began: 2008
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Leslie Leve, Ph.D.
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.