Is Congress Right to Repeal Gun Control Rule?

February 10, 2017

Congress is set to repeal a rule that prevented people with mental illness from purchasing guns. “What the policy actually does,” writes Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson, “is take away the gun rights of a large category of individuals without any evidence that they pose risk.” He believes Congress should modify the rule, “to reflect what the evidence tells us about mentally ill persons and violence risks.”

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The Lasting Impact of Low Self-Control

February 8, 2017

Low self-control in children can lead to long-term problems, according to Faculty Fellow Terrie Moffitt. Moffitt tracked 1,000 children from birth to age 32, and found that children who exhibited low self-control were more likely to have health problems, criminal records and credit problems as adults.

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How Does a Child Build Resilience?

Katie Rosanbalm, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University February 6, 2017

A child’s resilience is developed over time through positive, nurturing relationships with supportive adults, according to Center Research Scholar Katie Rosanbalm. “I think resilience and other protective factors are mutually supportive and create a positive cycle that builds over time,” she says. “Resilient kids draw other protective factors to them …, [and] protective factors make kids more resilient.”


Reducing Poverty with a Federal Job Guarantee

February 4, 2017

While some U.S. legislators and policymakers are debating the benefits of a universal basic income in lowering poverty levels, Faculty Fellow William Darity Jr. suggests a federal job guarantee might be more beneficial. According to Darity, a federal jobs guarantee could stabilize and build an inclusive economy, reduce poverty more quickly, and provide more benefits than a universal basic income.

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Why We Should Welcome Immigrant Families

February 3, 2017

Center researchers have found that Hispanic children worry a lot more than their peers, and this was before the executive order on refugees and immigration from President Donald Trump. His message was clear: We don’t want you here. Research from Anna Gassman-Pines and Ann T. Skinner shows why such messages can be harmful to children and families and costly to our communities.

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How President Trump’s Travel Ban Could Affect Research

February 3, 2017

Travel restrictions enacted by President Trump will have a “direct detrimental impact on our scientific community,” according to Faculty Fellow Geraldine Dawson, who is the president of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).  “We believe that this will slow progress in understanding autism and related disorders and in finding more effective treatments to lessen disabilities for those affected,” writes Dawson, who also noted that 30 percent of the society’s members are from other countries.

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Increased Technology Decreases Reading and Math Scores

Helen "Sunny" Ladd, Duke University January 31, 2017

While schools in rural parts of the country struggle to provide students with the technology necessary to succeed in college and the job force, research from faculty fellow Helen Ladd suggests that the arrival of broad band service in North Carolina between 2000 and 2005 correlated with a small dip in reading and math scores for elementary students. The study of more than 150,000 students found that after-school tech related activities interfered with the time students spent doing homework.

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Medication or Therapy for ADHD?

David Rabiner, Duke University January 24, 2017

A recently released study on how to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder finds that while cognitive behavioral therapy combined with medication worked best, therapy alone worked almost as well and became more effective over time. Faculty Fellow David Rabiner, who was not involved in the study, said it shows there is no longer “a clear answer” to whether medication “provides significant additional benefits” over therapy.

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