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Parental warmth on high-conflict days helps teens to feel loved

Aug 7, 2020

While parent-teen conflict is inevitable, parents expressing warmth and support on high-conflict days can bolster how much their teen feels loved, according to a study conducted by Gregory Fosco, Penn State associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the…

Biological responses to conflict differ in maltreated children

Feb 12, 2019

Parent-child conflict is inevitable as children grow, become more independent, and explore the limits of their behavior. However, in families where child maltreatment is present, biological responses to conflict may be altered in both parents and children. A team of Penn State researchers measured…

Does putting the brakes on outrage bottle up social change?

Oct 24, 2018

While outrage is often generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, a team of psychologists suggest outrage — specifically, moral outrage — may have beneficial outcomes, such as inspiring people to take part in long-term collective action. In a literature review, the team, led by…