Healthy Development Lab

Our goal is to help children with behavioural vulnerabilities live healthy lives and grow up to be the best they can be.

What is our mission

The Healthy Development lab conducts longitudinal research, which follows the development of children with early conduct and other associated mental health problems (e.g., depression or addictions).  In so doing, we seek to understand more about the modifiable risk and protective factors leading to increased mental health problems later in life as well as associated medical and school-based service use in these vulnerable children.

What are conduct problems?

  1. Conduct problems refer to the clinical expressions of conduct disorder and/or oppositional defiant disorder, two mental health problems which frequently co-occur.
  2. Conduct problems are characterized by rule breaking, aggression and bullying, as well as defiance and opposition to authority.
  3. Conduct problems are serious, but are also treatable.

Why do we focus on Conduct Problems?

  • Conduct problems are common among populations of children from several countries and regions.
  • The prevalence rate of conduct problems among children has been found to be up to around 9% of boys and 2% of girls.
  • Boys and girls who show high levels of conduct problems in childhood are at risk of maintaining a high level of conduct problems overtime and experiencing a chain of negative events that may continue into adolescence and adulthood. This is why early identification and treatment are important!
  • Conduct problems are a common reason for which teachers seek support from school professionals and elementary schools are among the most common venues where children with conduct problems receive support.

What we do

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