Real Challenges. Real Results. Real Impact.

YLI averages over $4 million in sponsored programs each year with 14 research projects currently in progress as of January 2019. Each research project originates from real-world challenge faced by:

  • one of YLI’s strategic partners within a state or federal agency
  • another Clemson University Department, Center or Institute
  • an internal YLI program

By leveraging YLI’s living laboratories across the state of South Carolina, the Office of Research and Organizational Development (OROD) is uniquely positioned to solve real-world problems for Clemson University programs and partners. YLI’s research goes beyond the pages of academic journals as OROD puts theory to practice. By implementing the results of our research, we are able to see the impact first hand, evaluate the outcome, and further refine as needed.


Research Spotlight: Human Resiliency Study

Human Resilience is one of six Clemson University research clusters and is a core competency of YLI. The Office of Research & Organizational Development (OROD) recently conducted a study examining the types of treatment interventions that can significantly improve resilience in adolescent females served at YLI’s Youth Development Center (YDC). The YDC is a treatment program serving delinquent females who have been remanded to the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. The YDC strives to provide participants with the programming they need to help them cope with their difficulties and find hope for a promising future.

The OROD team studied three years of data compiled of over two hundred case records from YDC participants to determine if they could identify specific treatment interventions that improve resilience. Using the Resiliency Attitudes and Skills Profile (RASP) to measure the level of resilience for each participant, OROD was able to predict which treatment set will have the greatest impact on RASP scores. They found that “Dealing with Expectations” was the most effective treatment set. Studies of this nature not only inform youth practitioners but also contribute to research-based literature in the field of youth development and human resilience. A summary of the human resiliency study is available for download.

Youth Development Center

See how YLI’s Youth Development Center impacted one young woman, Chastyn Webster, in a Clemson World feature.

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Featured Research

“Using a driving simulator for naturally occurring reinforcers for accessing your community”

Johnell Brooks, Nani Koonce, Billy Edwards, Casey Jenkins

“Exploring overparenting in summer camp: Adapting, developing, and implementing a measure”

Ryan J. Gagnon & Barry A. Garst

“Long Term Living Social Isolation Study”

Victoria Charles, Kristie Marr, Justine Gradillas, Lauretta Gibbons

“South Carolina Child Support Services Division PACSS Review and Adjustment Implementation Comparison Project”

Yonita Simmons, Victoria Charles, and Justine Gradillas

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