Shotgun marriages have faded in popularity overall, but are on the rise among some groups, says new research from the Center. Against the backdrop of an overall decline in marriages, shotgun marriages have actually risen among certain groups of women, including young mothers and those with less education, according to the research.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a federal initiative to combat bullying if she were elected president. Faculty Fellow William Copeland, an expert on bullying, says such funding is sorely needed. “Bullying is a public health tragedy that is too often ignored or merely given lip service,” he says.
Given its pervasiveness, developmental scientists find it increasingly crucial to consider the role of media and technology in children’s development. The Center’s Candice Odgers is among the organizers of a Society for Research in Child Development meeting being held Oct. 27-30 that centers on how technology and media affect development.
Experts from Duke University and the Center for Child and Family Policy share back-to-school advice for parents on bullying, homework, absenteeism and helping English language learners navigate the start of school.
Center researchers have been awarded a $230,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study whether being born to married parents leads to improved academic achievement and school behavior among black children.
Children with attention problems in early childhood were 40 percent less likely to graduate from high school, says a new study from Duke University that examines how early childhood characteristics affect academic performance.
Candice Odgers, the senior associate director of the Center, has been named a fellow of the Child & Brain Development program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Researchers with the program look at how adversity and enrichment in early childhood affect health over a lifetime and what can be done to mitigate early adversity.
The Center for Child and Family Policy welcomes the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy as an affiliate of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The Center, which is part of the Sanford School, looks forward to closely collaborating with the Hunt Institute on issues related to education policy.
Data collected from 1,000 individuals over 40 years suggests psychological factors play a role in linking a person’s genetic profile and several important life outcomes. The study’s researchers include Faculty Fellows Daniel Belsky, Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi.
People with serious mental illnesses who use guns to commit suicide are often legally eligible to buy guns, despite having a record of an involuntary mental health examination and brief hospitalization, according to an analysis led by Center Faculty Fellow Jeffrey W. Swanson.