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  • Research Center
  • Major Research Areas
  • Vision and Direction

Research center

Center Director

Professor Jun, Hye-jeong

  • Ph.D. Family Studies, Gerontology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Associate Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Human Ecology, Yonsei University

Introduction to the Research Center

The Human Life Research Center investigates various problems over an individual’s entire life span from infancy through childhood and adolescence to adulthood and the elderly from an integrated viewpoint embracing psychology, education, counseling, and social science in order to study practical methods that benefit humanity and society. The Human Life Research Center was established to conduct diverse studies to promote human quality of life at each stage of an individual’s life span and the interaction between the environment and humans in the present and future society where the ecological environments surrounding humans (family, education/child-care institutions, school, social institutions, and culture) are complex and rapidly changing.

The Human Life Research Center is actively conducting various studies including development studies, language and play studies, counseling and treatment regarding various problems, peer relationship studies, masculinity studies, studies on the development of intervention programs for children in multicultural and vulnerable social groups and their effect, gerontology, family stress studies, creativity studies, family relationship studies, child-care and infant education studies, studies regarding the relationship between the internet and adolescence, development and application of various programs, and studies on the development of policies customized to consumers for each stage of human life. At present, the Human Life Research Center consists of a total of 7 permanent researchers and 12 specialized researchers and is operated by 6 integrated laboratories.

Major Research Areas

The Research Center has been conducting studies and research projects on the following topics, actively cooperating with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Education and Science Technology, local autonomous entities, Future Human Resources Research Center, Korea Institute of Child Care and Education, Samsung Welfare Foundation, Korea Association of Senior Welfare Centers, Seoul Small and Medium Business Administration, and Korea Multicultural Family Support Project Group.

  • Infant development (attachment, emotion, perception, and interaction)
  • Infant care and education environment and support (child care and education, parent education)
  • Infant education process and creative movement education
  • Work and family of men and women
  • Parenthood conversion, fatherhood, and motherhood studies
  • Stress and stress management
  • Peer harassment studies
  • Study on the effect of the desire for peer approval on the degree of depression and social competence in children
  • Study on the daily stress and school adjustment of late school aged children
  • Studies on child care center evaluation certification index, quality level of child care and education, play, and teacher interaction
  • Studies on nonverbal behavior, vocabulary, communication capability, family literacy environment, and belief of infants
  • Studies on the development and effect of preventive play and language intervention program for infants in vulnerable social groups
  • Development of standard child care and education procedure, Nuri procedure, and child care center programs for each age group
  • Prospect of family structure changes in a society with a low birth rate
  • Development of a model for elderly voluntary service in Community Impact Project:
    Focused on self-directed service learning and local resource network
  • Analysis of the effect of the social and emotional development promoting program for infants in multicultural families
  • Formation of youth identify and intimacy in cyber-relationship age
  • Studies on morality, parent-child relationship, and problem behavior of runaway youths living in youth shelters and general youths
  • Relationship between parental attitude and juvenile delinquency investigated with the parameter of moral thinking of youths: Comparative analysis depending on ecological environment
  • Behavior intervention for reducing the problem behavior of children
  • Picture exchange communication system training to improve the communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral intervention using computer and video for education and maintenance of basic learning skills and living skills of children with developmental disorders

Vision and Direction of the Research Center

The Human Life Research Center extends the scope of children and family studies with an integrated multidisciplinary point of view and leads a balanced direction of life in which changing society is connected with technologies and humans are at the center. Accordingly, the Research Center has the following research directions.

First, the conventional research areas are subdivided according to methodologies and topics.
At the same time, core programs for improving various aspects of the environment surrounding humans will be developed, and the effect of the programs will be studied. In addition, practical studies will be extended and applied to future environments.

Second, taking advantage of the recent developments in molecular genetics and neuroscience, studies will be extensively conducted on the effect of environmental factors on healthy development and successful aging.
The Research Center will lead in investigating the neurobiological system related to the family process and behavior through family neuroscience studies. In other words, the Research Center will conduct studies on the mechanism in which family relationships such as marital relationships and parent-child relationships influence industrial stress neurobiology.

Third, because drastic social changes have increased the ratio of children having special problems and children belonging to risk groups and their families, the Research Center will conduct studies using a comprehensive approach to investigate human ecological environments not limiting future-oriented interventions to just treatment and counseling of individual children. In other words, the Research Center will take the lead in forming a partnership among therapy experts, families, and child care and education institutions based on the diversity of children and families and in developing and applying the appropriate intervention programs through teamwork with various partnerships.