My research is based on theoretical models that consider the inherent interaction between developing individuals, and their environment, with a focus on how the transitional stress of puberty and social contexts interact to affect girls’ psychosocial development, particularly African American and Latina girls.
I study associations between pubertal development and patterns of adjustment (psychological, behavioral, and health), with particular attention to how pubertal processes, social-cultural contextual factors (family, peers, teachers, romantic partners), and wider social systems (culture, ethnicity) interact to contribute to girls’ adjustment problems from late childhood to young adulthood.
Carter, R., Caldwell Howard, C., Matusko, N., & Jackson, J. S. (2015).Heterosexual Romantic Involvement and Depressive Symptoms in Black Adolescent Girls: Effects of Menarche and Perceived Social Support. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
Carter, R.(2014). Anxiety symptoms in African American youth: The role of puberty and biological sex. Journal of Early Adolescence. doi: 10.1177/0272431614530809.
Carter, R., Silverman, W. K., & Jaccard, J. (2013). Race and perceived pubertal transition effects on girls’ depressive symptoms and delinquent behaviors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9885-1.
Carter, R., Silverman, W. K., & Jaccard, J. (2011). Sex variations in youth anxiety symptoms: Effects of pubertal development and gender role orientation. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 730-741.
Carter, R., Caldwell Howard, C., Matusko, N., Antonucci, T., & Jackson, J. S. (2010). Ethnicity, perceived pubertal timing, externalizing behaviors, and depressive symptoms among Black adolescent girls. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-010-9611-9.
Gray, C.M. K., Carter, R., & Silverman, W. K. (2010). Anxiety symptoms in African American children: Relations with ethnic pride, anxiety sensitivity, and parenting. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-010-9422-3.
Carter, R., Jaccard, J., Silverman, W. K., & Pina, A. A. (2009) Pubertal timing and its link to behavioral and emotional problems among ‘at-risk’ African American adolescent girls. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 467-481.