Recent News Releases

Mixed Results for Income-based K-12 Assignment

Photo of the back door of a yellow school bus November 30, 2015

When Wake County Public Schools switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools became slightly more segregated, according to research from Center Faculty Fellow William A. Darity Jr.

Are Parents’ Fears about Teens’ Cellphones Justified?

Close up photo of hands holding cell phone (teen) November 18, 2015

Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a report from Center for Child and Family Policy researchers Candice Odgers and Madeleine J. George. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption.

Dodge Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Kenneth Dodge Center for Child and Family Policy Duke University October 19, 2015

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Membership in NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.


Early Childhood Stress Affects Brain’s Response to Rewards

Photo of parents arguing in background while young daughter looks into camera October 16, 2015

A Duke University-led study has pinpointed how early childhood stress affects the adult brain’s response to rewards. The findings suggest a possible pathway by which childhood stress may increase risk of depression and other mental health problems in adulthood.

Study Links Success in Adulthood to Childhood Psychiatric Health

July 15, 2015

Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, according to research from Center Faculty Fellow Bill Copeland and Center Associate Director of Research E. Jane Costello.

Kids Expecting Aggression from Others Become Aggressive Themselves

Photo of two young children pushing each other July 14, 2015

Hypervigilance to hostility in others triggers aggressive behavior in children, according to a study led by Center Director Kenneth A. Dodge. The study found this pattern is more common in some cultures than others, which helps explain why some cultures have more aggressive behavior problems in children.