Civic Institute welcomes Rolf Loeber

From 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 19, the public is invited to a lecture, “Development Pathways to Delinquency,” by Rolf Loeber, Ph.D., in Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst College.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute, is free and open to the Erie community.

Loeber will present findings from the Pittsburgh Youth Study, a longitudinal study of 1,517 inner-city boys in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The project is one of three coordinated projects supported since 1986 by the Program of Research on the Causes and Correlates of Delinquency (Causes and Correlates) that is overseen by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

The Pittsburgh study has followed three samples of boys for more than a decade to advance knowledge about how and why boys become delinquent and develop other problem behaviors. One of the important findings to emerge from the study was that the boys generally developed disruptive and delinquent behavior in an orderly, progressive fashion, with less serious problem behaviors preceding more serious problem behaviors. Loeber will expound on the findings about the developmental pathways that display progressively more serious problem behaviors. 

Loeber earned his bachelor and master of arts degrees from the University of Amsterdam and a doctoral degree from the Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is currently a professor of psychiatry, psychology and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Loeber is also co-director of the Life History Studies Program, where he is directing three longitudinal studies on the development of juvenile delinquency, substance use and mental health problems. 

For more information, please call Sherrie Sonnenberg at 824-2551.

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