Welcome to the Youth Social and Emotional Development Laboratory (YSED) Lab home page! The YSED Lab is located in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans (UNO). The overall goal of the research conducted in the lab is to identify social, emotional, and cognitive factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of aggressive behavior in youth. A specific focus of our research is examining aggressive subtypes (e.g., reactive, proactive, relational, physical) and their unique and common developmental correlates. Specific research questions include:
1. Is relational aggression similar to physical aggression in terms of its developmental correlates, and if so, are these correlates similar for boys and girls?
2. Do youth use relational aggression both reactively and proactively? If so, what is the best way to assess these behaviors?
3. How can the assessment of reactive and proactive aggression (both relational and physical) inform treatment and intervention decisions with aggressive and antisocial youth, particularly girls?
4. How do biases in social cognition relate to the use of relational aggression in adolescence?
5. What role do callous and unemotional (CU) traits play in the development and maintenance of relational aggression?
These and related research questions are investigated using a multi-method, multi-informant research protocol that includes self, parent, teacher, and peer-report of behavior, as well as experimental and observational methods. Further, all research conducted in the YSED Lab is grounded in a developmental psychopathology perspective which fits well within the broader context of the Applied Developmental Psychology doctoral program and UNO.