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Completed research projects

Finding cost-effective ways to reduce truancy and crime: An evaluation of the Ramsey County Truancy Intervention Programs

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Clea McNeely (co-PI; University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Public Health), Won Lee (graduate research assistant), Besu Alemu (graduate research assistant)

Funder
National Institute of Justice

Project period
01/01/2015–12/31/2018

Objectives

  • Conduct a longitudinal individual-level outcome study of children in grades K-12 who participated in SAM (Student Attendance Matters) between 2004–2015;
  • Determine whether implementation of the SAM program demonstrates high economic benefits relative to costs; and
  • Disseminate study findings to education and legal professionals and policy makers working to reduce the incidence and impact of truancy at individual and community levels.

Project publications
McNeely, C., Lee, W.F., Rosenbaum, J.E., Alemu, B., & Renner, L.M. (accepted, May 2019). Long-term effects of truancy diversion on school attendance: A quasi-experimental study with linked administrative data. Prevention Science.

McNeely, C., Lee, W.F., Alemu, B., Rosenbaum, J. & Renner, L.M. (2018, Fall). Evaluation of Ramsey County’s Truancy Intervention Programs: Policy implications for court diversion programs. Minn-LInK brief No. 37. Article available on the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare website.


Siblings of children who have been maltreated: An examination of developmental outcomes and child welfare practice

PI
Lynette M. Renner

Funder
University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

Project period
10/1/2014–09/30/2017

Objectives

  • Determine the policies of Minnesota counties with respect to the identification of siblings and the inclusion of siblings in family assessments;
  • Explore how siblings are included in family assessments and the extent that services are provided to the siblings of a child who is maltreated;
  • Explore how IPV is included in family assessments and the extent that services are provided to children exposed to IPV; and
  • Explore differential education and health outcomes for children who are maltreated, siblings of children who are maltreated, and children exposed to IPV.

Project publications


The longer-term effects of civil legal services on battered women

Team
Carolyn Copps Hartley (PI; University of Iowa) and Lynette M. Renner (co-PI)

Funder
National Institute of Justice

Project period
01/01/2011–03/30/2016

Objectives

  • Conduct a longer-term outcome study (safety, psychological well-being, and economic self-sufficiency) of women who have experienced IPV and are receiving civil legal services, and
  • Disseminate study findings to practitioners and policy makers working to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic violence on victims.

Project publications

  • Hartley, C.C., & Renner, L.M. (2018). Economic self-sufficiency among women who experienced intimate partner violence and received civil legal services. Journal of Family Violence, 33(7), 435-445.
  • Renner, L.M., & Hartley, C.C. (in press, May 2018). Psychological well-being among women who have experienced intimate partner violence and received civil legal services. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Hartley, C.C., Renner, L.M., & Ward, C.E. (under review). A new factor solution for the Domestic Violence–Related Financial Issues Scale (DV-FI).

Exploring mental and behavioral health outcomes among children exposed to intimate partner violence

Team
Lynette M. Renner (University PI), Angela Lewis-Dmello (Community PI), Cari Jo Clark (co-I)

Funder
University of Minnesota, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Project period
07/01/2014–06/30/2016

Objective

  • Investigate how exposure to a 12-week parent and child psychoeducational intervention changes children’s mental and behavioral health, the quality of the parent-child relationship and women’s perceptions of parenting.

Project publications

  • Renner, L.M., Driessen, M.C., & Lewis-Dmello, A. (under review). Changes in mental health and parenting among women who experienced intimate partner violence.

Make Your Voice Heard!
Minnesota Suicide Awareness Survey: A Public Opinion Poll

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Melissa A. Heinen (co-PI)

Objectives

  • Examine the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and related behaviors and use of health and behavioral services among Minnesota residents;
  • Assess public knowledge of warning signs of suicide, signs of mental illness and crisis, resources available, and prevention strategies;
  • Investigate the public’s attitudes and beliefs related to mental health, mental illness, suicide and related behaviors and prevention activities;
  • Describe exposure to trauma throughout the lifespan (adverse childhood experiences, witness a suicide, suicide loss survivor, suicide attempt survivor, etc.); and,
  • Investigate the prevalence of protective and risk factors of suicide and related behaviors among Minnesota residents.

Project presentations

  • Heinen, M., & Renner, L.M. (2018, September). Making their voices heard: Minnesotans' perspectives on state and local suicide prevention efforts. Paper presented at the Safe States Alliance 2018 Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
  • Heinen, M., & Renner, L.M. (2018, April). Making their voice heard—Minnesotans' opinions about suicide and mental health. Poster presented at the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. Washington, DC.

How safe are LGBTQ youth in Minnesota schools? An examination of school climate and bullying

Team
Colleen Fisher (PI), Lynette M. Renner (co-PI)

Objectives

  • Examine youth’s perceptions of school climate for LGBTQ youth in Minnesota;
  • Examine the prevalence of bullying of LGBTQ youth in school settings in Minnesota;
  • Identify risk and protective factors associated with school-based LGBTQ bullying; and,
  • Assess the use of LGBTQ-focused resources and supports in Minnesota schools.

Microaggressions, bullying & bystander behavior: Investigating LGBTQ student wellbeing in Minnesota

Team
Lynette M. Renner (PI), Colleen Fisher (co-PI)

Objectives

  • Examine the prevalence of microaggressions and bullying toward LGBTQ youth and young adults in educational settings (i.e., high schools and college campuses) in Minnesota;
  • Investigate the consequences of microaggressions and bullying toward LGBTQ youth/young adults;
  • Examine the extent to which experienced and observed mircoaggressions/bullying affect both the victims and bystanders, respectively; and,
  • Assess the extent to which bystanders have intervened when observing LGBTQ microaggressions and bullying in educational settings, how they have intervened, and the reasons for intervening or not.

Project presentations

  • Fisher, C.M, & Renner, L.M. (2017, January). Middle school and high school students’ experiences with LGBTQ environmental microaggressions. Paper presented at the 21st annual Society for Social Work and Research conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Fisher, C.M., & Renner, L.M. (2016, January). Strategies for creating LGBTQ-supportive schools: Recommendations from LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ students. Poster presented at the 20th annual Society for Social Work and Research conference. Washington, DC.