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It just makes cents: BYU study shows children need hands-on experience to learn financial responsibility

September 22, 2022
Children who are given opportunities to manage money when they're young are more likely to be financially responsible as they enter adulthood, says a new study from BYU.
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Would Mirabel from “Encanto” be as connected to her family if she lived in the US? BYU study says yes

February 03, 2022
Research from BYU professor of family life Jocelyn Wikle suggests that Mirabel would have a strong family connection even if she lived in the U.S. According to her research, Latino teens in the U.S. may be different from teens in other racial/ethnic groups due to distinctive cultural norms and family values, such as those displayed in “Encanto.”

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Teaching kids about money pays off — in finances and relationships, BYU study shows

January 13, 2022
A new study from BYU discovered that children who learn proper money management behavior from their parents have more fulfilling relationships with their significant others in young adulthood.
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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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