Resilience in the context of fragility: Development of a multidimensional measure of child wellbeing within the Fragile Families dataset

Abstract: This study sought to empirically develop a theoretically grounded multidimensional measure of child wellbeing (CWB) for research with at-risk families. The World Health Organization and UNICEF call for a multidimensional construct of child wellbeing, incorporating factors known to impact wellbeing (e.g., access to healthcare, childhood maltreatment, the incarceration of one’s primary caregiver). We analyzed data from the Fragile Families study in two separate steps:

Social ecological determinants of substance use treatment entry among serious juvenile offenders from adolescence through emerging adulthood

Abstract: Purpose: To examine the social-ecological determinants of substance use treatment entry among serious juvenile offenders over a 7 year period. Using the social-ecological framework, relevant predictors of substance use from the literature were used to assess risk (and protective) factors at the individual, parental, peer and neighborhood level.

Friendships across race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation

Abstract: This chapter presents a selective review of research on friendships across race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Special attention is given to research concerning the facilitators of and barriers to friendship across differences throughout the life span. The role of gender is discussed as an important variable affecting friendships. New directions for research are proposed as well.

Alcohol use patterns and alcohol use disorders among young adult, ethnically diverse bariatric surgery patients

Abstract: Background – Research suggests that young adults and racial/ethnic minorities are at an increased risk for problematic alcohol use. Recent studies have also documented patterns of problematic alcohol use among a subset of weight loss surgery (WLS) patients. However, to date, there are no published studies investigating the intersection of these demographic and clinical characteristics.

Giving voice to historical trauma through storytelling: The impact of boarding school experience on American Indians

Abstract: This study documented events contributing to historical trauma among American Indian mission boarding school survivors using the Dream Catcher-Medicine Wheel (DCMW) model as a culturally appropriate tool that enhanced storytelling. Nine women from 2 Plains Indians tribes were recruited through snowball sampling.

Commentary on “An Investigation of the Relationship Between Alcohol Use and Major Depressive Disorder Across Hispanic National Groups” by Jetelina and Colleagues

Abstract: A review of the article “An investigation of the relationship between alcohol use and major depressive disorder across Hispanic national groups,” by K.K. Jetelina, J.M. Reingle Gonzalez, and R. Caetano which appeared in issue number 40 of “Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research” is presented.