History & Mission
Established in the winter of 1984, the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) is a rapidly growing, dynamic society focused on the theoretical, empirical, and policy research issues of adolescence. Through its biennial meetings and publishing efforts, SRA promotes the dissemination of research on adolescents and serves as a network and forum for its members. SRA publishes the Journal of Research on Adolescence.
As a community of researchers, our goals are to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world. We promote high-quality research that considers the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of development in context. We aim to lead and shape scientific and public discourse on youth and adolescence, and to guide parenting, schooling, programs, and policies. In order to achieve these goals we foster the professional development and growth of all members, and are relevant, visible, diverse, and global in perspective.
As a society we share a set of values that informs our research and practice, including:
- We value young people – their experiences and perspectives – and see them as critical to a better future.
- We value research as a foundation for raising children and for informing educational and community programs, practices and policies that shape the lives of youth.
- We value diversity of membership including national, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic, ability, and professional status.
- We value diversity in scholarship, including the study of diverse populations; disciplinary perspectives; and methodological approaches.
SRA currently serves over 1,300 members representing 30 countries throughout the world. The Society is governed by its Executive Council according to a constitution and by-laws.