Recent News Releases

Is Shotgun Marriage Dead?

Photo of the question "Marry Me?" written in the sand November 1, 2016

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.

Why Funding for Anti-Bullying Efforts Is Needed

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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.

News Tip: Research-Based Advice for the New School Year

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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.

Does Having Married Parents Lead to School Success?

July 21, 2016

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.

Odgers Awarded Fellowship in Child, Brain Development

June 28, 2016

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.

Hunt Institute Teaming Up with Duke to Advance Education Policy

June 16, 2016

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.

Genetics Linked with Social, Economic Success

Graphic of four ladders of different heights reaching into a pink sky with clouds June 6, 2016

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.

Study Examines Mental Illness, Gun Violence and Suicide

Photo of a handgun and ammunition clip June 6, 2016

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.