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Current Projects & Grants

With scores of grants and contracts received since the Institute's inception in 1999, the projects implemented by IFNL are too numerous to list. Among the largest initiatives that the Institute is currently undertaking are the following:

Adolescent Dating Violence Study

IFNL is leading one of the most comprehensive studies of rural adolescent dating violence ever undertaken in the U.S.  The National Institutes of Health funded study is collecting data from adolescents and a parent or caregiver, teachers, and youth service providers.  Data are also being collected to characterize the adolescents’ neighborhoods.  The results will identify factors that influence the developmental trajectory of dating violence victimization and perpetration. Read more

Bullying Prevention

The IFNL is leading efforts in the United States to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, developed in Norway, is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle or junior high schools and identified as one of only 11 national Blueprints for Violence Prevention by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado.

IFNL faculty and staff are actively engaged in the development and implementation of a National Bullying Prevention Campaign. The public information campaign, targeted at “tweens” (children and youth between the ages of 9 to 13), launched national print, broadcast, and web campaign ads on March 1, 2004. Dr. Susan Limber, professor, and Dr. Joyce Ott, research assistant professor, have provided expert consultation in this national public awareness campaign: “Take A Stand. Lend A Hand. Stop Bullying Now.” Read more

Campus-wide Suicide Prevention

With funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), IFNL is partnering with faculty in the Department of Psychology, various Student Affairs divisions such as the Student Health Center,  Healthy Campus, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Dean of Students Office, New Student and Family Programs, Residential Life, and various student representatives.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. This project will build upon Clemson’s existing resources to create an enhanced and comprehensive suicide prevention approach that focuses on promoting mental health seeking and filling in gaps in resources and infrastructure.

Clemson Sustainable Community Project

The Clemson Sustainable Community Project focuses on the use of technology to improve the attitude and skills in the academic areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and in STEM professional disciplines; of students who participate in the Boys and Girls Club After-School Program at Mary H. Wright Elementary and Chesnee Elementary Schools provide efficient access to educational resources, and provide essential technological skills for youth and adults in at-risk environments. This project is a comprehensive, intensive, community-based program developed with active citizen participation in all phases. It calls for collaboration among community partners, curriculum areas, and capacity building for sustainability, as well as a holistic approach that views the individual in the context of the family and community.

Momentum Bike Club

Grounded in the Principles of Positive Youth Development, Momentum Bike Clubs provides consistent mentoring support through bicycle clubs in Greenville County to middle and high school youth.  Young people and adults learn to repair and maintain bikes and build stamina and friendships as they explore roads and trails on bikes.  Some outings are riding for the sake of riding while others are to a specific destination, such as a tour of a museum or a radio station.  Exposure to healthy nutrition and active lifestyles are proven ways of enhancing physical, emotional, and intellectual development.  All youth need supportive people in their lives. Momentum Bike Clubs seeks to provide that, one pedal turn at a time. Read more

Suicide Prevention among Youth

IFNL faculty has been awarded Distinguished Investigator funding by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to investigate the epidemiology of suicidal trajectories in youth transitioning to adulthood. Little is known about how suicide risk changes over the course of emerging adulthood. This project will use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to determine how suicide risk changes over the span of 13 years and what risk and protective factors predict these trajectories. These findings will provide an empirically and theoretically-supported basis for targeted suicide prevention programs.