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BYU research: Childhood adversity shapes adolescent delinquency, fatherhood

March 29, 2021
About 61% of Americans have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), experts’ formal term for a traumatic childhood event. Two recent BYU studies analyzed how ACEs shape adolescents’ delinquent behaviors as well as fathers’ parenting approaches.
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Study: Black homeownership is lowest since 1968; what that means in an election year

July 08, 2020
Since data shows homeownership is strongly tied to voter turnout this could indicate a potential negative impact on Black voter turnout in 2020.
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Is too much screen time for kids making it harder to talk in person?

April 16, 2020
Children are constantly surrounded by screens – whether it’s watching TV, gaming on a computer or scrolling on a phone. Parents and scholars alike are worried that growing screen exposure is destroying the rising generation’s face-to-face social skills and leaving children unable to converse and interact with others.
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Immigrant students raise performance across the board

June 06, 2019
A group of researchers from BYU and the University of Albany recently tested the claim that immigrant students drain resources from native-born students -- but they found just the opposite to be true.
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Won’t you be my neighbor? House hunting is a struggle for mixed-race couples with children

April 28, 2019
New study shows these parents typically settle for less affluent areas
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Study: Today’s dads are engaging more with their kids

June 11, 2018
Whether it’s physically being there for a baseball game or piano recital, or emotionally being there to provide warmth or support in a tough time, there appears to be a shift in how fathers are viewing their roles.

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Study: Hockey players born October through December score more and are paid more

May 23, 2018
With youth hockey teams being organized by age groups, the idea has persisted that kids born earlier in a year have a greater athletic advantage than kids born later in the year. BYU researchers show a trend reversal happening.

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BYU professor's research links deportation crisis to housing market crisis

December 07, 2016
With the possibility of more mass deportations ahead, BYU sociology professor Jacob Rugh discovered a link between the mass deportations from 2005 to 2013 and the foreclosures that contributed to a housing crisis.

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Family size and education levels: the right support could reverse long-held theory

May 18, 2016
More kids in your family. Less education. This pattern isn’t new, but a team of researchers led by BYU sociology professor Ben Gibbs studied why that educational dip occurs and found that there are exceptions to the trend.

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Most of America's poor have jobs, study finds

June 23, 2015
'Science' magazine asserts new study's importance in presidential election
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Smart teens rub off on teammates

September 15, 2014
A new study of high school activities bears this message for incoming high school students: Play what the smart kids play.

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Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart

February 25, 2014
Loads of studies over the years have shown that children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests and perform better in school, but the reason why remained unclear.

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Overeating learned in infancy, study suggests

May 21, 2013
In the long run, encouraging a baby to finish the last ounce in their bottle might be doing more harm than good.

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