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A Cal U sign reading Building Careers hangs in front of Noss Hall.A Cal U sign reading Building Careers hangs in front of Noss Hall.

Child and Family Studies Institute

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and the sixth leading cause of death for 5- to-14-year-olds. These grim statistics argue strongly for early detection and intervention.

To address issues such as youth suicide, the Department of Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania developed the Child and Family Studies Institute (CFS Institute). The CFS Institute conducts research into child and family issues with an eye toward equipping parents, educators, policymakers and health care professionals with information that can help them meet the challenges of modern life.

CFS is also actively involved in outreach activities that include collaborating with several local school districts and Mon Valley Hospital.  It also assisted the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Child Death Review Team by completing an aggregate summary and analysis of data and providing technical assistance to the organization. The purpose of this collaboration was to enable the state to develop and implement methods and programs for preventing future child and adolescent deaths.

The ultimate goal of the CFS is to enhance the growth and development of each child and his or her family, and to serve as a clearinghouse of information for families, educators and policymakers.