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Family and Technology Symposium to be Held Oct. 23-24

Family and Technology Symposium to be Held Oct. 23-24

To discuss the implications of increases in technology use on relationships and family dynamics, the 2017 National Symposium on Family Issues presents “Families and Technology,” Oct. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn

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Americans Face a Rising Risk of Dying Alone

Americans Face a Rising Risk of Dying Alone

Research from Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography Ashton Verdery finds that more older people are living on their own, and fewer have close relatives to help them out as they age

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Penn State Professor Invited to Present at Federal Reserve Board Conference

Penn State Professor Invited to Present at Federal Reserve Board Conference

Niki Dickerson von Lockette, Penn State associate professor of labor and employment relations and Sociology, was one of only fifteen experts invited to present papers during a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., Sept. 26-27.

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Physical abuse and punishment impact children’s academic performance

Physical abuse and punishment impact children’s academic performance

Sarah Font and her collaborator found that physical abuse was associated with decreases in children’s cognitive performance, while non-abusive forms of physical punishment were independently associated with reduced school engagement and increased peer isolation.

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Tracing Trends Could Lead to Better Public Health Education

Tracing Trends Could Lead to Better Public Health Education

Using a Population Education Transition (PET) curve, which illustrates the process of education and behavior change, could lead to a better way to identify and plan public health responses to new health risks in a population, said researchers in an article published in the journal Demography

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