Social Policy Report Archives


The Social Policy Report is available for reprinting with appropriate citation. Each SPR since 2006 has an accompanying brief which highlights key findings of the research. Reports from 1984 - 1993 are for reference only and are not linked to a PDF. To read Social Policy Reports published after 2017, visit the Social Policy Report page.


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Volume 1 (1984)- Volume 30 (2017). The below Reports are available in PDF format to view and download. 


Supporting Parents: How Six Decades of Parenting Research Can Inform Policy and Best Practice
Volume 30, Number 5
Douglas M. Teti, Pamela M. Cole, Natasha Cabrera, Sherryl H. Goodman, and Vonnie C. McLoyd

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Research-Practice Partnerships: Building Two-Way Streets of Engagement
Volume 30, Number 4
Vivian Tseng, John Q. Easton, and Lauren H. Supplee

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Children, Youth and Developmental Science in the 2015-2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals
Volume 30, Number 3
Abbie Raikes, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Pia Rebello Britto, and Iheoma Iruka

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PK-3: What Does It Mean For Instruction?
Volume 30, Number 2
Deborah Stipek, Doug Clements, Cynthia Coburn, Megan Franke and Dale Farran

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Children and Terrorism
Volume 29, Issue 2
James Garbarino, Amy Governale, Patrick Henry, and Danielle Nesi

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Federal Expenditures on Children: What Budget Policy Means for Children's Policy
Volume 29, Issue 1
Heather Hahn

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Multilingual Children Beyond Myths* and Toward Best Practices
Volume 27, Issue 4
Allyssa McCabe, Catherine S. Tamis-Lemonda, Marc H. Bornstein, Carolyn Brockmeyer Cates, Roberta Golinkoff, Alison Wishard Guerra, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Erika Hoff, Yana Kuchirko, Gigliana Melzi, Alan Mendelsohn, Mariela Paez, & Lulu Song

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The Role of Public Policies and Community-Based Organizations in the Developmental Consequences of Parent Undocumented Status
Volume 27, Issue 3
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Jenya Kholoptseva, & Carola Suárez-Orozco

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Positive Development of Minority Children
Volume 27, Issue 2
Natasha J. Cabrera

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Preserving and Enhancing the Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Children and Youth: A Response to Proposed Changes in Federal Regulations
Volume 27, Issue 1
Celia B. Fisher, Donald J. Brunnquell, Diane L. Hughes, Lynn S. Liben, Valerie Maholmes, Stuart Plattner, Stephen T. Russell, & Elizabeth J. Susman

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Promoting Equity, Tolerance, and Justice in Childhood
Volume 25, Issue 4
Melanie Killen, Adam Rutland, & Martin D. Ruok

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Household Food Insecurity: Serious Concerns for Child Development
Volume 25, Issue 3
Barbara H. Fiese, Craig Gundersen, Brenda Koester, & LaTesha Washington

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Quality of Early Childhood Development Programs in Global Contexts
Volume 25, Issue 2
Pia Rebello Britto, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, & Kimberly Boller

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Evidence-Based Interventions for Juvenile Offenders and Juvenile Justice Policies that Support Them
Volume 25, Issue 1
Scott W. Henggeler & Sonja K. Schoenwald

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Organized Activity Participation, Positive Youth Development, and the Over-Scheduling Hypothesis
Volume 20, Issue 4
Joseph L. Mahoney, Angel L. Harris, & Jacquelynne S. Eccles

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Understanding and Facilitating the Youth Mentoring Movement
Volume 20, Issue 3
Jean E. Rhodes & David L. DuBois

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The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity: Review of Research and Implications for Public Policy
Volume 20, Issue 2
Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy, Chantelle Hart, & Elissa Jelalian

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Deviant Peer Influences in Intervention and Public Policy for Youth
Volume 20, Issue 1
Kenneth A. Dodge, Thomas J. Dishion, & Jennifer E. Lansford

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Juveniles’ Competence to Stand Trial as Adults
Volume 17, Issue 4
Laurence Steinberg, Thomas Grisso, Jennifer Woolard, Elizabeth Cauffman, Elizabeth Scott, Sandra Graham, Fran Lexcen, N. Dickon Reppucci, & Robert Schwartz

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Toward an Understanding of Youth in Community Governance: Policy Priorities and Research Directions
Volume 17, Issue 3
Shepherd Zeldin, Linda Camino, & Matthew Calvert

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Kindergarten: An Overlooked Educational Policy Priority
Volume 17, Issue 2
Sara Vecchiotti

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Do You Believe In Magic?: What We Can Expect From Early Childhood Intervention Programs
Volume 17, Issue 1
Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

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Service Learning: Who Benefits and Why
Volume 13, Issue 4
Arthur A. Stukas, Jr., E. Gil Clary, & Mark Snyder

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of School-Based Violence Prevention: Developmental Approaches
Volume 13, Issue 3
Christopher C. Henrich, Joshua L. Brown, & J. Lawrence Aber

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Perspectives on Father Involvement: Research and Policy
Volume 13, Issue 2
Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda & Natasha Cabrera

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Beyond "Giving Science Away": How University-Community Partnerships Inform Youth Programs, Research, and Policy
Volume 13, Issue 1
Jill Denner, Catherine R.Cooper, Edward M. Lopez, & Nora Dunbar

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A Reconceptualization of the Effects of Undernutrition on Children's Biological, Psychosocial, and Behavioral Development
Volume 10, Issue 5
Ernesto Pollitt, chair; Mari Golub, Kathleen Gorman, Sally Grantham- McGregor, David Levitsky, Beat Schürch, Barbara Strupp, & Theodore Wachs

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Building Research and Policy Connections: Training and Career Options for Developmental Scientists
Volume 10, Issue 4
Amy Susman-Stillman, Joshua L. Brown, Emma K. Adam, Clancy Blair, Robin Gaines, Rachel A. Gordon, Ann Marie White, & Sheri R. Wynn

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Is the Emperor Wearing Clothes? Social Policy and the Empirical Support forFull Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in the Preschool and Early Elementary Grades
Volume 10, Issue 3
Bryna Siegel

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Inclusion at the Preschool Level: An Ecological Systems Analysis
Volume 10, Issue 2
Samuel L. Odom et al.

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Latin American Immigration and U.S. Schools
Volume 10, Issue 1
Claude Goldenberg

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1984 - 1993 (For reference only)


Integrating Science and Ethics in Research with High-Risk Children and Youth
Volume 7, Issue 4

Celia B. Fisher

Child Witnesses: Translating Research into Policy
Volume 7, Issue 3

Stephen J. Ceci & Maggie Bruck

Using Research and Theory to Justify and Inform Head Start Expansion
Volume 7, Issue 2

Edward Zigler & Sally J. Styfco

Canadian Special Education Policies: Children with Learning Disabilities in a Bilingual and Multicultural Society
Volume 7, Issue 1

Linda S. Siegel & Judith Wiener


Crack's Children: The Consequences of Maternal Cocaine Abuse
Volume 6, Issue 4

Theresa Lawton Hawley & Elizabeth R. Disney

The States and the Poor: Child Poverty Rises as the Safety Net Shrinks
Volume 6, Issue 3

Julie Strawn

Testing in American Schools: Issues for Research and Policy
Volume 6, Issue 2

Patricia Morrison

Mother-Headed Families: An International Perspective and the Case of Australia
Volume 6, Issue 1

Alisa Burns


Rhetoric or Reality? Child and Family Policy in the United States
Volume 5, Issue 4
Francine H. Jacobs & Margery W. Davies

The Migrant Head Start Program
Volume 5, Issue 3
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz

Infant Mortality and Public Policy
Volume 5, Issue 2
Ann L. Wilson & Gary Neidich

Two-Generation Program Models: A New Intervention Strategy
Volume 5, Issue 1
Sheila Smith


Antecedents of Illiteracy
Volume 4, Issue 4
Barbara J. Fox

Pediatric AIDS and HIV Infection in the United States: Recommendations for Research, Policy, and Programs
Volume 4, Issue 3
Linda A. Valleroy

Child Mental Health: Service System and Policy Issues
Volume 4, Issue 2
Judith H. Jacobs

Social Science and the Prevention of Children's Injuries
Volume 4, Issue 1
Penelope H. Brooks & Michael C. Roberts


Homelessness: Implications for Children and Youth
Volume 3, Issue 4
Andrea L. Solarz

Implications of Public Law 99-457 for Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Volume 3, Issue 3
Penny Hauser-Cram, Carole C. Upshur, Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, & Jack P. Shonkoff

Head Start: A Backward and Forward Look
Volume 3, Issue 2
Diana T. Slaughter , Valora Washington , Ura Jean Oyemade, & Rachel Washington Lindsey

Children and the Uninsured
Volume 3, Issue 1
Charles N. Oberg


Child Care: Quality, Regulation, and Research
Volume 2, Issue 4
Karen S. Weintraub & Laurie N. Furman

School Dropout: A Federal Perspective
Volume 2, Issue 3
Brian L. Wilcox & Trudy Vincent

The National Center for Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
Volume 2, Issue 2
Angela Barron McBride

The Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention Act
Volume 2, Issue 1
Ellen Greenberg Garrison


Bilingual Education Act, Title II of the Education Amendments of 1984
Volume 1, Issue 5
Diane L. August

Children and Television
Volume 1, Issue 4
Dale L. Kunkel & Bruce A. Watkins

The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Volume 1, Issue 3
Lindsay Chase-Landsdale, Patrick Casey, Kathleen, McCluskey, Ernesto Pollitt, Jill Reich, Henry Ricciuti, Maris Vinovskis, Valora Washington, & Ann Wilson

Adolescent Pregnancy
Volume 1, Issue 2
Barbara Everett, Wendy Baldwin, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Patrick Casey, Susan Crockenberg, Frank Furstenberg, Jr., Hariette McAdoo, Craig Perry, Maris Vinovskis, & Valora Washington

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1983
Volume 1, Issue 1
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Patrick Casey, Byron Egeland, Eli Newberger, Diana T. Slaughter, Maris Vinovskis, & Valora Washington