John G. Borkowski

John G. Borkowski

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., The University of Iowa

(574) 631-6549

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556


Dr. Borkowski is currently engaged in a multi-site intervention project designed to better understand the factors that lead to child abuse and neglect in at-risk mothers. This NICHD-sponsored project gathers data in four cities and assesses a wide range of variables that produce neglect, its impact on child development, the role of community agencies in preventing neglect, and the potential for developing more sensitive and responsive parenting practices. A second, multi-site project intervenes early in the lives of at-risk mothers and attempts to reduce their tendencies toward child neglect by increasing interactive and responsive parenting practices. A third major longitudinal project has followed children born to adolescent mothers in the late 1980s, as they enter their turbulent teenage years; academic success, delinquency, and depression are among topics currently under investigation. We are also interested in interrelating the lives of teen mothers and their children from birth to age 18, as reflected in the 2007 book on Risk and Resilience (Erlbaum).

Recent Publications

Borkowski, J. G., Farris, J. R., Whitman, T. L., Carothers, S.S., Weed, K., & Keogh, D. A. (2007). Risk and resilience: Adolescent mothers and their children grow up. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Borkowski, J. G. & Weaver, C. M. (2006). Prevention: The science and art of promoting healthy child and adolescent development. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

Borkowski, J. G., Carothers, S., Howard, K., Schatz, J., & Farris, J. (2006). Intellectual assessment and the definition of mental retardation. In J. W. Jacobson, J. A. Mulick, & J. Rojahn (Eds.), Handbook of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. New York: Springer.

Howard, K. S., Lefever, J. B., Borkowski, J. G., & Whitman, T. L. (2006). Fathers' influence in the lives of children with adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Psychology,20, 468-476.

Carothers, S.S., Borkowski, J.G., Burke-Lefever, J., & Whitman, T.L., (2005). Religiosity and the socioemotional adjustment of adolescent mothers and their children. Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 263-275.

Lounds, J. J., Borkowski, J. G., Whitman, T. L., Maxwell, S. L., & Weed, K. (2005). Adolescent parenting and attachment during infancy and early childhood. Parenting: Science and Practice, 5, 91-118.

Carothers, S.S., Borkowski, J.G., & Whitman, T.L. (in press). Children of adolescent mothers: Exposure to negative life events and the role of social supports on socioemotional adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Weaver, C. M., Borkowski, J. G., & Whitman, T. L. (in press). Understanding the cycle: Violence in the lives of at-risk children. Journal of Community Psychology.