Welcome to SDRG

SDRG is a recognized leader in the field of prevention research. Our work is guided by the belief that many common behavior, health, and social problems can be prevented. For the past four decades, SDRG has studied the causes of these problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Building on what we have learned, we have developed and tested intervention programs and tools that families, schools, and communities can use to promote wellbeing and reduce behavior, health, and social problems. SDRG’s research has enriched lives, influenced policy, and strengthened communities across the United States and around the world.

Research
For the past four decades, SDRG has conducted studies that have helped researchers to better understand the causes of behavior, health, and social problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Building on this understanding, we have developed and tested intervention programs and tools that families, schools, and communities can use to promote wellbeing and reduce behavioral health problems.
Programs & Tools
For more than 20 years, SDRG has been working with communities, schools, and families to understand and improve the lives of young people. Below you'll find SDRG interventions that have demonstrated that a social development approach to prevention can reduce risk and enhance protection in the family, school, and community. The intervention materials are available to the public.
Data Collection Services
The Survey Research Division (SRD) provides high-quality survey research services, including survey design, a variety of data collection modes, and data processing.

News

New study on midlife adults receives $2.5 million grant

September 30, 2021
Researchers at the School of Social Work’s Social Development Research Group were recently awarded $2.5 million over five years to study the role of alcohol, social environments and preventive intervention in midlife adults aged 40 to 60. The new study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, is led by Rick Kosterman and Marina Epstein, both with...

School of Social Work researchers, including SDRG’s Margaret Kuklinski, receive grant to develop national center to engage and empower foster youth.

October 20, 2021
Researchers at the School of Social Work are part of a new consortium that received a five-year, $20 million grant to help develop a national center to engage and empower foster youth ages 12 to 20. The goal is to give the youth an active role when decisions are made about their care, including reuniting...

Guiding Good Choices parenting program now available

December 3, 2021
Guiding Good Choices® (GGC) is an internationally recognized prevention program that provides families information and tools that work to protect preteens and teens from risks they encounter as they become more independent. This is a family skills-training program designed for parents and their middle-school aged children in grades four through seven with the primary goal...