The Center for Social Development is broadly engaged in designing and testing social innovations that promote full inclusion, fair treatment, and achievement of one’s full potential. Our research is transdisciplinary and encompasses seven primary areas.

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Research from 2016

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Features of Child Development Accounts in Israel, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Meredith Covington, Megan Brewster, and Jane E. Oliphant

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From Being Unbanked to Becoming Unbanked Or Unbankable: Community Experts Describe Financial Practices of Latinos in East Los Angeles, Larissa A. Padua and Joanna K. Doran

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From Mass Incarceration to Effective and Sustainable Decarceration: Conference Report, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Matthew W. Epperson

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From Mass Incarceration to Smart Decarceration, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Matthew W. Epperson

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Growing Financial Assets for Foster Youths: Expanded Child Welfare Responsibilities, Policy Conflict, and Caseworker Role Tension, Clark M. Peters, Margaret S. Sherraden, and Ann Marie Kuchinski

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Home Delinquency Rates Are Lower Among ACA Marketplace Households: Evidence From a Natural Experiment, Emily A. Gallagher, Radhakrishnan Gopalon, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Stephen P. Roll, and Genevieve Davison

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How the Emerging U.S. Retirement System Magnifies Wealth Inequality, Karl Polzer

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Impact of Disabilities and Other Physical Health Issues on Academic Outcomes Among American Indian and Alaskan Native College Students: An Exploratory Analysis, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Carol VanZile-Tamsen, Jessica Black, Shanondora M. Billiot, and Molly Tovar

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Impact of the Academic-Social Context on American Indian/Alaska Native Student's Academic Performance, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf and Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes

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Improved Financial Capability Can Reduce Material Hardship Among Mothers, Jin Huang, Yunju Nam, Michael Sherraden, and Margaret M. Clancy

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Increasing Productive Engagement in Later Life, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ernest Gonzalez, Christina Matz-Costa, and Emily A. Greenfield

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International Child Development Accounts, Michael Sherraden, Li-Chen Cheng, Fred M. Ssewamala, Youngmi Kim, Vernon Loke, Li Zou, Gina Chowa, David Ansong, Lissa Johnson, Yung Soo Lee, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Margaret M. Clancy, Jin Huang, Sondra G. Beverly, Yunju Nam, and Chang-Keun Han

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Kinship Foster Care Among African American Youth: Interaction Effects at Multiple Contextual Levels, Anne K. Rufa and Patrick J. Fowler

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Leveraging Tax Time to Build Financial Capability: Research Evidence and Policy Directions, Meredith Covington, Jane E. Oliphant, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Material Hardship and Children's Social-Emotional Development: Testing Mitigating Effects of Child Development Accounts in a Randomized Experiment, Jin Huang, Youngmi Kim, and Michael Sherraden

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Nudging Youth to Develop Savings Habits: Experimental Evidence Using SMS Messages, Katherine Rodríguez and Juan E. Saavedra

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Page Avenue Health Impact Assessment: Building on Diverse Partnerships and Evidence to Promote a Healthy Community, Christine M. Hoehner, Jodi Rios, Cristina Garmendia, Sabrina Baldwin, Cheryl M. Kelly, Donna-Mae Knights, Gena Gunn McClendon, and Mark Tranel

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Policy Innovation for Children and Families, Mark Greenberg

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Promoting Financial Capability of Incarcerated Women for Community Reentry: A Call to Social Workers, Cynthia K. Sanders

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Race, Life Course Socioeconomic Position, Racial Discrimination, Depressive Symptoms and Self-Rated Health, Darrell L. Hudson, Eli Puterman, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Karen A. Matthews, and Nancy E. Adler

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Racial Discrimination, John Henryism, and Depression Among African Americans, Darrell Hudson

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Racial Disparities in Education Debt Burden Among Low- and Moderate-Income Households, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Dana C. Perantie, Samuel H. Taylor, Shenyang Guo, and Ramesh Raghavan

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Racial Disparities in Student Debt: Evidence From the Refund to Savings Initiative, Samuel H. Taylor, Dana C. Perantie, Nava Kantor, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Shenyang Guo, and Ramesh Raghavan

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Racial Pride and Religiosity Among African American Boys: Implications for Academic Motivation and Achievement, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Terrinieka T. Williams, and Tabbye T. Chavous

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Reconsidering the Role of Social Disadvantage in Physical and Mental Health: Stressful Life Events, Health Behaviors, Race, and Depression, Briana Mezuk, Jane Rafferty, Kiarri N. Kershaw, Darrell L. Hudson, Cleopatra Abdou, Hedwig Lee, William W. Eaton, and James S. Jackson

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Research Summary: Universal Accounts at Birth: Results From SEED for Oklahoma Kids, Sondra G. Beverly, Margaret M. Clancy, and Michael Sherraden

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Reversing Extreme Inequality, Laura Lein, Jennifer L. Romich, and Michael Sherraden

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School and Peer Influences on the Academic Outcomes of African American Adolescents, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Lorena Estrada-Martinez, Rosa J. Colin, and Brittni D. Jones

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Social Work's Response to Poverty: From Benefits Dependence to Economic Self-Sufficiency, Lauren B. Gates, Jennifer Koza, and Sheila H. Akabas

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Sociocultural Influences on Gambling and Alcohol Use Among Native Americans in the United States, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, JW Welte, GM Barnes, MC Tidwell, and P Spicer

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Strengthening the Social Response to the Human Impacts of Environmental Change, Susan P. Kemp, Lawrence A. Palinkas, Marleen Wong, Kristen Wagner, Lisa Reyes Mason, Iris Chi, Paula Nurius, Jerry Floersch, and Andreas Rechkemmer

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Student Debt and Hardship: Evidence From a Large Sample of Low- and Moderate-Income Households, Mathieu R. Despard, Dana Perantie, Samuel Taylor, Michael Grinstein-Weiss, Terri Friedline, and Ramesh Raghavan

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Support for a Tax-Time Savings Policy: Interest in Deferring Tax Refunds With Matched Incentives, Dana C. Perantie, Jane E. Oliphant, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Tax Abatement in Saint Louis: Reforms Could Foster Equitable Development, Claire DeWind, Jennifer Dickey, Ellen O'Neill, and Molly W. Metzger

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Testing Universal Child Development Accounts: Financial Impacts in a Large Social Experiment, Margaret M. Clancy, Sondra G. Beverly, Michael Sherraden, and Jin Huang

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The Burden of Student Debt: Findings From a Survey of Low- and Moderate-Income Households, Mathieu R. Despard, Samuel H. Taylor, Dana C. Perantie, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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The Excluded: An Estimate of the Consequences of Denying Social Security to Agricultural and Domestic Workers, David Stoesz

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The Impacts of Individual Development Accounts, Assets, and Debt on Future Orientation and Psychological Depression, William M. Rohe, Clinton Key, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Mark Schreiner, and Michael Sherraden

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The Protective Role of Religious Involvement in African American and Caribbean Black Adolescents’ Experiences of Racial Discrimination, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Pamela P. Martin, Nikeea Copeland-Linder, Eleanor K. Seaton, Niki Matusko, Cleopatra H. Caldwell, and James S. Jackson

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The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Position and Depression Among a US Nationally Representative Sample of African Americans, Darrell L. Hudson, Harold W. Neigbors, Arline T. Geronimus, and James S. Jackson

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The Role of Health Insurance in the Financial Lives of Low- and Moderate-Income Households, Mathieu R. Despard, Dana C. Perantie, Jane E. Oliphant, Stephen P. Roll, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Toward a Culturally Informed Rehabilitation Treatment Model for American Indian/Alaska Native Veterans, Molly Tovar, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, and Julia Stevenson

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Toward Culturally Sensitive Financial Education Interventions With Latinos, Liza Barros Lane and Suzanne Pritzker

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Training Social Workers and Human Service Professionals to Address the Complex Financial Needs of Clients, Jodi Jacobson Frey, Karen Hopkins, Philip Osteen, Christine Callahan, Sally Hageman, and Jungyai Ko

Underachievement and Success of African American Males in School Settings: Integrating Critical Race and Ecological Perspectives, Pamela P. Martin

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Unmarried Mothers and Children's Social-Emotional Development: The Role of Child Development Accounts, Jin Huang, Youngmi Kim, Michael Sherraden, and Margaret M. Clancy

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Using Self-Regulated Learning to Increase Native American College Retention, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Kelly H. Ahuna, Christine Gray Tinnesz, and Carol VanZile-Tamsen

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“We Routinely Borrow to Survive”: Exploring the Financial Capability of Income-Poor People in India, Mahasweta M. Banerjee

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“White Box” Epidemiology and the Social Neuroscience of Health Behavior Change: The Environmental Affordances Model, Briana Mezuk, Cleopatra M. Abdou, Darrell Hudson, Kiarri N. Kershaw, Jane A. Rafferty, Hedwig Lee, and James S. Jackson

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Youth Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal, Lissa Johnson, YungSoo Lee, David Ansong, Margaret S. Sherraden, Gina Chowa, Fred Ssewamala, Li Zou, Michael Sherraden, Moses Njenga, Joseph Kieyah, Issac Osei-Akoto, Sharad Sharma, Jyoti Manandhar, Catherine Rodriguez Orgales, Frederico Merchán, and Juan Saavedra