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Inner-city youth to be topic at Westminster

Published: Sat, February 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Dr. Rolf Loeber, professor of psychiatry at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will speak about his research on inner-city youth risk factors at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Phillips Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Resources Center of Westminster College.
Loeber's presentation, "New Findings on the Causes of Violence and Homicide," will review the 15-year study conducted with his wife, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber. The study tracks more than 1,500 inner-city boys to examine risk factors influencing the development of antisocial and delinquent behavior from childhood to early adulthood.
The couple began "The Pittsburgh Girls Study" in 1999, and is currently tracking more than 2,400 girls to examine delinquency, depression and substance abuse over time. Loeber and his wife co-founded and co-direct the Pitt Department of Psychiatry's Life History Studies Program.
Loeber received the 2003 Distinguished Contribution Award by the American Psychological Association and was recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Criminology from the University of Cambridge. He earned his doctoral degree from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Mandy Medvin, associate professor of psychology and Gibson-Drinko Distinguished Chair of Psychology at Westminster College, at (724) 946-7360 or e-mail medvinm@westminster.edu.

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