Citizens: EIE investigates young people’s moral attitudes to, and judgements about a range of early intervention strategies to manage moral and behavioural development. Working with young people, the project will progress through several phases: scoping and defining questions; methods development and testing, qualitative research, and e-research tools innovation.
Citizens: EIE works closely with young people who access different services; including mental health, juvenile justice, and special educational needs, continuing a longstanding commitment to supporting the inclusion of young people in ethics research and development. All stages of the project are developed with the support of a young people’s advisory group, which you can read about here.
Citizens: EIE encompasses two main research projects. One, led by Arianna Manzini, investigates adolescents’ moral attitudes regarding the ethical implications of identifying genes and neural markers for the prevention of autism and psychosis. The second, led by Gabriela Pavarini, explores what ‘becoming good’ means to teenagers who engage in antisocial behaviour, and the full range of meanings they assign to programmes designed to prevent misconduct. Gabriela is also leading the development of innovative digital tools to assess young people’s moral intuitions and decision-making. These tools will be showcased in our Tech4Social Good Event in December 2017. For more information, you can read about the Tech4Social Good event here.
As the title reveals, Citizens: EIE seeks a richer understanding of the concept of citizenship as it relates to child development. It further seeks an increased awareness of the ways in which childhood environments and experiences shape moral attitudes and perspectives.