Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

An examination of the ways parents deal with the normal ups and downs of childhood.

Project Overview

The goal of this longitudinal study, begun in 1983, was to examine the ways that parents deal with the normal ups and downs of childhood. One hundred and seventy families were recruited when their boys and girls were 15 to 18 months old. An additional 200 families were recruited at age 5. Most of these families stayed with the project for 18 years, through changes in family structure, changes in jobs, and geographic moves. More importantly, their children grew from infants to toddlers, from toddlers to preschoolers, across the transition into school, into adolescence and into young adulthood. The study examined three aspects of parenting: emotional warmth, guided participation, and family management. Our understanding of the role of parenting in the early years has helped shape OSLC prevention projects.

Year Project Completed: 2001
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

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.