Dr. Elan C. Hope
Hope Lab Research
In the Hope Lab we take an assets-based approach to explore factors that promote academic, civic, and psychological well-being for racially marginalized adolescents and emerging adults. We have two primary lines of research. 1) We examine psychological and contextual factors related to education, schooling, and academic well-being. 2) We investigate how sociopolitical attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (e.g., justice, discrimination, efficacy) relate to civic engagement from early adolescence into emerging adulthood. We examine what assets racially marginalized youth bring to their lives and communities and what characteristics can be developed and leveraged to support positive youth development outcomes for these youth. In the Hope Lab, we use quantitative and qualitative methodology to garner a more nuanced understanding of academic, civic, and psychological well-being. Our research is deeply rooted in the belief that while there are common developmental experiences among racially marginalized youth, individual differences and contextual variation require a deep exploration of diverse pathways to success and well-being. The numbers tell us what happens most often, what pathways are most common, and what is most likely to occur. The stories give us insights into the lives of our youth, and the meaning they makes of their own lived experiences.
Middle School Civics Project
Early adolescence is a prime time period for identity development. This mixed methods project explores the question: What helps Black early adolescents develop positive civic attitudes, skills, and behaviors?
Minority College Cohort Study
Black and Latino college students are at increased risk of dropping out. In this project we examine factors related to retention, academic achievement, and psychological well-being for these students. Such factors include social support, racial identity, civic engagement, and financial factors
Social media is an ever-growing vehicle for social causes and political outrage. How are Black youth using social media to have address the sociopolitical issues of our time? This is a question that we are answering in our #Activism Project through content analysis methodologies.
Racial Identity & Racial Discrimination
Through several datasets we are exploring racial identity and racial discrimination among Black adolescents and emerging adults. How is racial identity related to academic and civic outcomes? How do youth understand structural and interpersonal experiences of discrimination?
Meet Our Team
Dr. Elan C. Hope
Undergraduate Research Assistants
NC State Psychology in the Public Interest
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