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BYU study finds that princess culture can have a positive impact on child development

July 25, 2021
In the longest study to date on the impact of princess media on consumers, new research from BYU professor Sarah Coyne found that children who engaged with princess culture were more likely to later hold progressive views about women and subscribe less to attitudes of hegemonic masculinity.
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10-year BYU study shows elevated suicide risk from excess social media time for young teen girls

February 03, 2021
In the longest study to date on the effects of social media on teens, BYU research found a correlation between time spent on social media and suicidality risk among teenage girls.
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Father-friendly workplaces make finer families

June 18, 2020
Employers are in a unique situation where they can either support father involvement in the family, or they can be a barrier.
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Is video game addiction real?

May 12, 2020
Long-term BYU study looks at the effect of video game play and the trajectories of addiction
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BYU researchers: Parents should be more intentional about financial conversations with kids

February 27, 2020
Family discussion about money can enhance children’s financial knowledge and reduce future financial instability.
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Does time spent on social media impact mental health? New BYU study shows screen time isn’t the problem.

October 20, 2019
New research led by Sarah Coyne, a professor of family life at Brigham Young University, found that the amount of time spent on social media is not directly increasing anxiety or depression in teenagers.
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How you feel about your home is more important than the size

June 19, 2019
Although home environments affect the way many feel which, in turn, has the potential to influence family relationships, researchers at BYU recently found that how individuals perceive the space (too crowded or too spread out) in their homes has more of an effect on family functioning than actual characteristics, such as the size of the house or number of bedrooms.
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Helicopter parenting: Control vs. support makes all the difference

June 17, 2019
BYU researchers identify three different kinds of helicopter parents
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Study: Serious dating can create serious challenges for teens

March 06, 2019
Considering a host of social pressures and stresses that adolescents experience, the addition of a relationship to the equation can have a negative impact, according to a study from BYU professor of family life Adam Rogers.
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BYU marriage and family therapy program honored nationally for research

February 13, 2019
The BYU marriage and family therapy program was recently named the No. 1 program of its kind for research productivity.
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Checked off "the talk" with your teen? Not so fast: one isn't enough

September 30, 2018
Patting yourself on the back for gritting through “the talk” with your kid? Not so fast: new research from BYU family life professor Laura Padilla-Walker suggests that when it comes to your teens, one vague and generic conversation about sex is not enough.
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Family favoritism: Younger siblings impacted more

October 31, 2017
A new BYU study shows if a younger sibling feels like they’re the favorite and their parents agree, their relationship is strengthened. With older siblings, whether they feel favored or not, it has no major effect on the relationship.

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Study finds superhero culture magnifies aggressive, not defending behaviors

January 09, 2017
A new BYU study found children who frequently engage with superhero culture are more likely to be physically and relationally aggressive one year later and not more likely to be defenders of kids being picked on by bullies.

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The irony of awkward: Taking yourself out of uncomfortable situations makes you more uncomfortable in the long run

June 28, 2016
Not all withdrawn individuals are the same, but for emerging adults who do everything they can to avoid social interaction, combining that with things like violent video games or pornography can cause big problems.

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Disney Princesses: Not Brave Enough

June 16, 2016
Gendered behavior can become problematic if girls avoid important learning experiences. BYU professor Sarah M. Coyne looks at how Disney Princesses play a role.

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Rich, beautiful and popular: Foul-mouthed characters in teen books have it all

May 16, 2012
Bestselling authors of teen literature portray their more foul-mouthed characters as rich, attractive and popular, a new study finds.

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Profanity in TV & video games linked to teen aggression

October 16, 2011
While it’s been long established that watching violent scenes increases aggression levels, a new study in the medical journal Pediatrics suggests that profanity in the media may have a similar effect. Pediatrics is the top-ranked journal in its field and among the top 2 percent most-cited scientific and medical journals in the world.

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Video games are good for girls – if parents play along

January 31, 2011
Dads who still haven’t given up video games now have some justification to keep on playing – if they have a daughter.

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