Citizens: EIE

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 also organizes a series of work experience and mentorship schemes for young people.

Citizens: EIE encompasses a series of 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. The second, led by Gabriela Pavarini and assisted by Jessica Lorimer, explores what ‘becoming good’ means to teenagers. Under this umbrella, Gabriela is leading the development of innovative digital tools to assess young people’s moral intuitions and decision-making. In addition, Gabriela and Jessica are developing a study exploring the meaning young people assign to predictive genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease. Additional projects include a partnership with the University of Abertay to develop novel methods and games which will be used to explore young people’s opinions on predictive genetic testing.

 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.