Linda Caldwell conducts research on interventions that develop youth competencies, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce risky behavior through leisure. Linda initially started working in prevention research because she has always had an interest in helping people be healthy from a whole person perspective.
Linda has incorporated her love for traveling in her research—most recently, she was named a guest professor at the University of Iceland and an extraordinary professor at both the University of the Western Cape and North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. Linda‘s key projects include TimeWise: Taking Charge of Leisure Time and HealthWise South Africa: Life Skills for Young Adults. In the future, Linda hopes to better understand the school dropout rates in South Africa through continued research with her colleagues.
Over the past 20 years as a prevention scientist, Linda has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles that have appeared in Prevention Science and International Journal of Drug Policy, among others. Linda’s favorite aspect of the PRC is the people and opportunities that present themselves through her work. Linda received her Ph.D. in recreation from the University of Maryland in 1986. In her free time, Linda enjoys photography, scuba diving, and gardening.
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Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise
Motamedi, M., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Smith, E. A., & Jones, D. E. (2016). Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 700-709. doi: 13894986
Longitudinal patters of active leisure among South African youth: Gender differences and associations with health risk behaviors
Tibbits, M., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E., Vergnani, T., & Wegner, L. (2016). Longitudinal patterns of active leisure among South African youth: Gender differences and associations with health risk behaviors. World Leisure, 58, 60-68.
The power of leisure as a developmental context for adolescents
Anderson, D., Caldwell, L. L., & Walters, K. (2016). The power of leisure as a developmental context for adolescents. In F. McGuire & D. Kleiber (Eds.), Leisure and human development. New York: Venture.
Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach
Weybright, E., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2016). Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 158-169.