Spring 2004 Problem Behavior News Archive

March 22-26, 2004:Richard Jessor gave an invited lecture at the University of Torino, Italy as part of the 600th anniversary celebration of the founding of the university. The lecture took place in the Aula Magna, and faculty and students as well as interested townspeople were in attendance. During the week in which he was the university's guest Jessor gave several informal talks in the Laboratory of Developmental Psychology and consulted with faculty and graduate students about their research. Jessor's colleagues at the Laboratory recently published a research monograph which is based on Problem-Behavior Theory and employs a translated version of the questionnaire developed by Jessor and colleagues Fran Costa and Mark Turbin. The monograph,"Adolescenti e Rischio", (Firenze:Giunti,2003) has a Foreword (Presentazione) by Jessor.

Jane Grady , assistant director at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, was interviewed by Channel 2 News on April 20th regarding progress made over the last five years on the prevention of school violence as part of the station's Columbine High School 5th anniversary coverage. She was also interviewed and quoted in the Daily Camera on the same subject on 4/18 and 4/19.

From harassment to hope, Breaking down walls at Boulder High School - Daily Camera, April 18, 2004

Boulder High School Principal Ron Cabrera says that one time the cameras (security cameras that have been installed since Columbine) caught a person blowing through a stop light late at night and ramming their car into the side of the school. Other than that, they haven't been of much use.

That doesn't surprise Jane Grady , assistant director of the Boulder-based Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado. Since the fall of 1999, the center has worked with educators, police and social services to address school violence. "The research shows that unless a school is totally unruly and out of control, the better way to (prevent violence) is by changing the climate, knowing the kids' names and having a conversation about it," she says.

Barge, Chris. 2004. From harassment to hope, Breaking down walls at Boulder High School. Daily Camera, April 18

"Colorado's law (requiring anti-bullying policies) has produced mixed results," said Grace Taylor , project director of Safe Communities, Safe Schools, which was started after Columbine by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.

"The law doesn't specify what policy the districts must adopt, so some have simply added a one-day assembly on bullying," Taylor said. "We're really hoping that instead, they'll institute long-term programs that can address the issue," she said.

Columbine was a "wake-up call" for schools nationwide, Taylor said, and many districts called wondering what they should do. Some school officials are concerned about adding another mandated policy, but Taylor argues that an anti-bullying program is important to the schools' academic climate. "How are kids going to focus on learning when they're worried about their own safety?" she asked.

Aeikens, Dave and Marohn, Kirsti. 2004. Rocori shooting revives anti-bullying bill. St. Cloud Times 1 Feb

Richard Jessor, Jane Menken and Sam Clark attended the 4th INDEPTH Network Annual General and Scientific Meeting in Hanoi May 2-8, 2004, hosted by the Hanoi Medical University and its INDEPTH member site, Filabavi (Field Laboratory at Bavi). The Network consists of 36 demographic surveillance sites in 19 developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Menken chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee, which held several meetings in Hanoi. She also presented a paper by Randall Kuhn, Menken, and Omar Rahman entitled "A Longitudinal Analysis of Health and Mortality in a Migrant-Sending Region of Bangladesh."

Jessor was invited to speak on "Protective Factors in Adolescent Risk Behavior & Development: Theoretical Framework and Research Findings from China and the U.S." Clark heads the Zambia INDEPTH site and is a member of the steering committee of the Data Systems Working Group, which met in Hanoi to plan its work for the coming year. Kuhn is a member of the Advisory Committee for the INDEPTH Migration Working Group.