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Impacts of COVID-19 school closures on Latino sibling dynamics

Nov 23, 2021

School closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many children spent much of their time at home in the spring of 2020. For most children, this meant more time spent with sisters and brothers, creating the potential to change family dynamics. For family scholars like Xiaoran Sun, former…

Gatzke-Kopp featured on parenting podcast

Sep 27, 2021

SSRI cofund Lisa Gatzke-Kopp was recently interviewed on the Evolutionary Parenting Podcast to explore the issue of how parents can help their child’s emotion regulation development. She shares her research on the synchrony between parent and child from parenting in infancy.

Closeness with dads may play special role in how kids weather adolescence

Aug 3, 2021

Adolescence can be an emotionally turbulent time, but new research at Penn State found that close, supportive relationships with parents — especially dads — at key points during adolescence can help stave off certain adjustment problems. The researchers examined how emotionally close and supportive…

Penn State researchers are developing app to promote family well-being

Jun 23, 2021

The middle-school years mark a time of rapid change for pre-teens and teens, as well as for their parents. As adolescents seek greater independence, it can be challenging for their parents to connect with and guide them. Penn State researchers, with funding from the Mental Research Institute, are…

Human development and family studies professor joins Recovery Rising initiative

Jun 22, 2021

H. Harrington ‘Bo’ Cleveland, professor of human development and family studies at Penn State and SSRI cofunded faculty member, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ Recovery Rising initiative. Recovery Rising works to foster a resilient, diverse and…

Parents may underestimate impact of involving adolescent children in conflicts

Jun 22, 2021

When parents who are fighting with each other draw their adolescent children into their conflicts, the children may perceive those conflicts very differently than their parents, according to a new Penn State study. "Parents may not realize the impact they are having on their children," said Devin…

Parents more lenient about alcohol with teens who experience puberty early

Apr 29, 2021

Parents of teens who went through puberty early may be more lenient when it comes to letting them consume alcohol, according to a new Penn State study. But the researchers said that even if adolescents appear more mature, drinking alcohol is still not safe for them. Rebecca Bucci, a doctoral…

Buss recognized with 2021 President's Award for academic integration

Apr 22, 2021

Kristin Buss, Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families, Professor of Psychology; professor of human development and family studies; and head of the psychology department in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts; has been awarded Penn State's 2021 President’s…

Data collection for human science, 2D materials focus of data science talks

Mar 28, 2021

The upcoming Data Science Community Research Talks will feature two researchers using data science approaches in their research, one studying ethical ways to conduct human science while maintaining data privacy, and another using techniques to accelerate the development of two-dimensional materials…

Living a stress-free life may have benefits, but also a downside

Mar 23, 2021

Stress is a universal human experience that almost everyone deals with from time to time. But a new study found that not only do some people report feeling no stress at all, but that there may be downsides to not experiencing stress. The researchers found that people who reported experiencing no…

Study looking to recruit parents of young children

Feb 8, 2021

Penn State researchers are now actively recruiting parents with a child under six years of age and an infant or about to have their second child for an online focus group. Researchers are studying how couples work together when adding a second child to the family. Couples will be compensated for…

Infants exposed to second-hand smoke may develop behavior problems later in life

Feb 1, 2021

When parents think of baby-proofing, they may think of baby gates and outlet covers, but there might be something less obvious to consider: whether previous occupants of their home were smokers. According to a National Institutes of Health-funded study by researchers at Penn State and the…

Despite advances, behavioral health legislation still lags behind

Jan 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to over $16 trillion in increased healthcare, criminal justice, child welfare, education, and labor market costs, has pushed the topic of mental and behavioral health to the forefront for many Americans. In a new study, Penn State researchers examined all…

Using wearable technology to prevent kidney stones

Oct 1, 2020

idney stones are a painful and expensive medical problem, and people who suffer from kidney stones once are likely to experience them a second time. Recurrence can often be prevented if patients increase urine output by increasing the amount of water that they drink. Though this may seem easy,…

Protocols to make data on kids secure, shareable eventually may help families

Sep 30, 2020

Researchers in developmental psychology face a perplexing challenge: They know that collecting and sharing data about children can lead to real benefits for kids and their families, but they also recognize that some kinds of data like video or audio recordings risk violating the privacy of these…

Study shows promise for two-day therapy to treat PTSD, improve relationships

Aug 28, 2020

Couples that include a partner with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may someday have access to a faster, more efficient therapy that treats the disorder and simultaneously improves their relationships, according to research. A study published by the journal Behavior Therapy demonstrated that…

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…

Researchers to study impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on families

Apr 23, 2020

Since social distancing has been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families are experiencing high levels of stress and conflict — arguments and conflict between parents, between parents and children, and between siblings. And though social distancing is a frequently used intervention…

How Siblings’ Gender Can Affect a Child’s Development

Mar 11, 2020

When you talk about sibling issues, everyone takes it personally. Whether it’s birth order and the supposed advantages of being the oldest (or youngest, or middle), or the question of having (or being) the favorite child, people tend to respond immediately with their own sometimes very individual…

Stress may drive people to give as well as receive emotional support

Feb 27, 2020

Stress has a justifiably bad reputation for making people feel crummy. But new research suggests that despite its negative side effects, it may also lead to a surprising social benefit. In a study, a team of scientists including Penn State researchers found that experiencing stress made people both…

Registration open for awareness event on preventing child neglect

Feb 12, 2020

Penn State's Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is hosting an awareness event, “Preventing Child Neglect,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 4, in the ballroom of the Nittany Lion Inn.   Child maltreatment can take many forms, but the most common cases nationwide are that of child neglect. Throughout…

Underemployment affects African American parents and their relationships

Feb 12, 2020

Penn State researchers have found that perceived underemployment among African American parents may have an effect on their careers, their mental and physical health, and their relationships. Conducted by Xiaoran Sun, former Penn State graduate student in human development and family studies and…

Hydration may affect cognitive function in some older adults

Dec 17, 2019

Not getting enough water is enough to make you feel sluggish and give you a headache, but a new Penn State study suggests it may also relate to cognitive performance. The researchers investigated whether hydration levels and water intake among older adults was related with their scores on several…

All the feels: Feeling loved in everyday life linked with improved well-being

Nov 26, 2019

Poets and songwriters may tend to focus their artistry on passion and romance, but it may be those unsung, brief feelings of love throughout the day that are connected with psychological well-being, according to a team of researchers led by two Penn State Institute for Computational and Data…

How husbands perceive their wives’ weight may affect later marriage satisfaction

Nov 22, 2019

Husbands may want to pay careful attention to the messages they send about their wives' weight, according to new research that suggests a husband’s perception of his wife being overweight may predict a decrease in her marital satisfaction. In a study, Penn State researchers examined the…