The Howard B. Kaplan Laboratory for Social Science Research (formerly known as the Laboratory for Studies of Social Deviance) at Texas A&M University was founded by Dr. Howard B. Kaplan. The laboratory conducts large-scale studies of the causes and consequences of drug abuse and other deviant adaptations to stress.
Kaplan’s Longitudinal and Multigenerational Study (KLAMS) offers social researchers a unique window into life in the United States. It is one of the very few studies that spans decades following two generations—parents and children. Data collection began in the 1970’s when his team interviewed about 50% of all of the 7th graders in the Houston Independent School District. These original respondents were followed up six times through their adolescence and into mid-life. But Dr. Kaplan did not stop there. He gained permission to interview the children of the original respondents, interviewing them at three different times as they transitioned from adolescence into young adulthood. Much of his work has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Using this data, Dr. Kaplan and his colleagues have explored the factors that lead people to live on the margins of society, become criminals, and abuse drugs. Nearly 200 academic books, papers, and book chapters on social deviance have resulted from the original study and other related inquiries.
It is our honor and privilege to continue the work Dr. Kaplan started by: 1) using and analyzing this unique data to develop sociological theories; and 2) to continue the data collection in the future.
DR. HOWARD B. KAPLAN
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
MARY THOMAS MARSHALL PROFESSOR OF LIBERAL ARTS
Dr. Kaplan received his PhD from New York University in 1958 and devoted his career to the study of social psychology, deviant behavior, social disorganization, and mental health.
He was internationally known and regarded as an expert in the area of deviance, social psychology and especially medical sociology. His reputation is demonstrated by his award of the American Sociological Association’s Leo G. Reeder Award for a career of distinguished contributions to medical sociology, the highest award that can be given in the area. This award honored his more than 50 years of research that made an indelible impact on the field of medical sociology as well as deviant behavior and social psychology.
Dr. Kaplan joined the Texas A&M Sociology Department in 1988 (coming from the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston) and established The Laboratory for Studies of Social Deviance at that time. In addition to directing a myriad of ongoing grants and associated studies, and mentoring graduate students, he regularly taught graduate seminars on social psychology and social deviance.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award in Medical Sociology, ASA Section on Medical Sociology (through the generosity of Diane Kaplan and the Kaplan family) provides up to $500 a for a graduate student to attend ASA annual meeting.
Dr. Kaplan Memorial Assistantship, Sociology Department, Texas A&M University (through the generosity of the Kaplan family and friends), helps to fund graduate students in the Department of Sociology. In 2013, the recipient of this award was Xavier Serna.
The Department of Sociology has received an Enhanced Research Capacity Grant funded by the Texas A&M Division of Research and the College of Liberal Arts. This grant will help continue Dr. Kaplan’s research and dissemination.
Selection of Recent Publications
Kaplan, Diane S., R. Xiaoru Liu, and Howard B. Kaplan. 2005. “School related stress in early adolescence andacademic performance three years later: the conditional influence of self expectations.” Social Psychology of Education 8:3-17.
Kaplan, Howard B. 2006. “Self Theory and Emotions.” Pp. 224-253 in Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, edited by Jan E. Stets and Jonathan H. Turner. New York, NY: Springer.
Kaplan, Howard B. and Glen C. Jr. Tolle. 2006. The Cycle of Deviant Behavior: Investigating Intergenerational Parallelisms. New York, NY: Springer.
Kaplan, Howard B. 2007. “Self-referent constructs and medical sociology: In search of an integrative framework.”Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48:99-114.
Pals, Heili and Howard B. Kaplan. 2013. “The roles of internal locus of control and neighborhood affluence in predicting the continuity of negative self-feelings from adolescence to young adulthood.” Journal of Adolescence 36 (5):807-814.
*Pals, Heili and Howard B. Kaplan. 2013. “Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Negative Self-Feelings on Adult Deviance: Moderated by Neighborhood Disadvantage, Mediated by Expectations.” American Journal of Criminal Justice 39(3): 348-368.
Love, Tony P. and Carlton W. Mathis. 2014. “Control Balance Theory as a Predictor of Deviant Behavior and Victimization at Two Early Stages in the Life Course.” International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Criminal Law.
* Winner of the 2013 Outstanding Paper Award for the American Journal of Criminal Justice
- Generational Effects
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Family Research
- Socioeconomic Mobility
- Mental Health
- And much much more . . .
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