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The Parenting & Family Research Center (PFRC)

Parenting & Family Research Center

The nurturing of children is the single most important task of society. The Parenting & Family Research Center conducts studies aimed at understanding and promoting the well-being of children in the context of family, school and community.

It is often said that our children are our future. How, then, do we improve the well-being of our children and families? The Parenting & Family Research Center conducts studies: (1) to test and disseminate parenting and family support strategies that promote positive child development and prevent adverse outcomes; (2) to address childhood challenges such as ADHD, chronic health problems, juvenile justice, and substance abuse; (3) to enhance fatherhood and overall family functioning; and, (4) to perfect quantitative methods for prevention science.

The Parenting & Family Research Center ultimately aims to increase our understanding of children, adolescents, and parents in the contexts of family, school, and community, and to draw on scientific evidence to inform public policy on issues affecting children, such as the prevention of child abuse and the promotion of success in school.

The Center is made up of a dedicated group that includes scientists at USC and around the world, staff and students (undergraduate and doctoral). External funding for the Center’s research comes from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on General Medical Sciences, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please check out our website for details about who we are and what we do.