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Why focus on youth?

The adolescent years build on the foundations established in childhood and set the course across the lifespan. In focusing on "youth," we are referring not only to a specific developmental period, but also to the childhood experiences that influence youth, as well as the early adult years that are determined by successful adolescent passages.

Investments in adolescents, or conversely the failure to address their needs at this stage of development, can result in lifelong consequences for youth and for our society.

 

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Dr. Susan Tasker wasn’t on the hunt for a research passion; rather, it found her. The serendipitous event happened in February 2009 when Dr. Tasker, Assistant Professor in UVic’s Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, met Priscilla de Villiers, a Canadian lobyist and recipient of an Honoree Law degree from McMaster University for her work, who was presenting at a conference on the impact of critical incident stress on children.

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