Path to Adulthood Study

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

An examination of the continuing effect of a family’s involvement with the juvenile system and the long-term results of the residential treatment the boys may have received.

Project Overview

This study is a continuation of the Residential Care Study. In the original study, 79 male juvenile offenders ages 12 to 18 who had been designated for out-of-home placement by the juvenile court were randomly assigned to two conditions: (1) placement in Treatment Foster Care (TFC) or (2) placement in other community group care programs. The current study is designed to learn more about the continuing effect of a family’s involvement with the juvenile system and the long-term results of the residential treatment the boys may have received. Specifically, the object of the yearly interviews is to see how young men who have been involved in the juvenile system adjust to becoming adults and living out on their own.

The participants are now in their 20’s and live in a variety of settings, including on their own, with parents and/or romantic partners, and in correctional facilities. The study includes monthly interviews with the young men, and yearly interviews them, their parents, best friends, and romantic partners.

Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Principal Investigator

J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. J. Mark Eddy is a Senior Fellow Scientist and Licensed Psychologist. He is a Senior Research Scientist with the Family Translational Research Group at New York University, where he is involved in a wide variety of basic research and preventive intervention projects. During his over 25 year career at OSLC, he served as the principal investigator on multiple randomized prevention trials of programs delivered within systems of care relevant to children and families. These include the Child Study, a multi-site longitudinal randomized controlled trial of the Friends of the Children professional youth mentoring program; the Relief Nursery Study, a randomized controlled trial of a multimodal therapeutic preschool program for at risk children and families; the Parent Child Study, a randomized trial of Parenting Inside Out, a parent management training with incarcerated parents within adult corrections; the Paths Project, a study of the transition into young adulthood for youth who were heavily involved with the juvenile justice system and who participated in a randomized trial of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC, now known as Treatment Foster Care Oregon); and the Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) Project, a study of the transitions into young adulthood for participants in a randomized multi-modal school-based prevention intervention program that began during elementary school. He also served as co-investigator with OSLC scientist Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. (now director of the Center for Equity Promotion in the College of Education at the University of Oregon) on a variety of projects through the Oregon Social Learning Center Latino Research Team, including the Latino Youth and Family Empowerment Project I and II, which developed and tested a culturally specific parent training intervention for Latino families with youngsters at risk for substance use and related problems; the Adolescent Latino Acculturation Study, which was designed to learn more about how Latino families and their middle school youth who have immigrated to the U.S. adapt to life in this country; and PREVENIR, which developed and refined a culturally specific parent and teacher training program in four countries in Central America. Following his work at OSLC, he worked for five years as a Research Professor and Director of Research at Partners for Our Children in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, where he was engaged in a variety of projects focused on children and families involved in the child welfare system, including the development and testing of the STRIVE program.

Dr. Eddy has a strong commitment to finding ways to link the research community with practitioners and policy makers to improve outcomes for children, adolescents, adults and families. He is actively involved in work in this regard in projects around the U.S. and internationally, including with the U.S. Armed Forces. His book for clinicians, Aggressive and Defiant Behavior: The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies for the Conduct Disorders, reviews the most effective treatments for the conduct disorders. He co-edited the book Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (Urban Institute Press) and has worked for over 20 years with incarcerated men and women, including current projects with the Washington Department of Corrections and with Sponsors, Inc., a transitional housing program in Eugene. His primary research interests include the development and prevention of child antisocial behavior and related problem behaviors, such as substance use and abuse, academic failure, and high risking sexual behavior; Coercion Theory; the development of preventive interventions for incarcerated parents, their children, and the caregivers of their children; early childhood education and intervention; youth mentoring; preventive interventions for physical health problems; and the development and prevention of adjustment problems during adulthood, including substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and suicidality. His primary clinical interests are parent education, parent management training, and individual and marriage and family therapy, with a specific focus on empirically based cognitive-behavioral interventions. He is also interested in the interface between science and policy; culture/ethnicity and prevention; observational research methods; quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and the history of science and psychology.