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Friendship Group Influences Dating Violence Risk for Early-Maturing Girls

May 17, 2017 — A new study has found that early-maturing girls are more likely to be the victim of abuse from a dating partner if their friend group contains more ... read more

Breaking Down Social Networking Behavior

May 16, 2017 — New big-data analytics suggests that both an individual's economic status and how they are likely to react to issues and policies can be inferred by their position in social networks. The study ... read more

Exposure to Psychological Domestic Abuse Most Damaging to Children's Wellbeing

May 15, 2017 — Exposure to psychological abuse between parents is more damaging to children's wellbeing as they grow older than physical domestic violence, according to new research. Psychological abuse can ... read more

Playground Politics: What Drives Rejection Amongst Children?

May 12, 2017 — New research approaches the subject of rejection in a different way. It asked the children doing the rejecting, the 'rejecters,' for the reasons they disliked certain children. The study ... read more

'Walking a Mile in Their Shoes' May Be Hazardous to Your Health

May 11, 2017 — When it comes to empathy, the idiom that suggests 'walking a mile in their shoes' turns out to be problematic advice, according to new ... read more

Positive Father-Child Relationship Can Moderate Negative Effects of Maternal Depression

May 11, 2017 — A new study has examined for the first time whether fathering can moderate the negative effects of maternal depression on family-level functioning. The results of the study are the first to describe ... read more

'All Is Not Lost' to Dementia, New Study Suggests

May 11, 2017 — For people with dementia, communicating needs, emotions and interacting with others becomes increasingly difficult as communication deteriorates as dementia progresses. But all is not lost, according ... read more

Ignored? Better a 'No' Than No Answer at All

May 11, 2017 — After experiencing social exclusion, a minimum of attention suffices to reduce individuals' negative emotions. Even rejection or unkind comments are better for well-being than being ignored by ... read more

Who in Europe Drinks the Most? The Rich

May 11, 2017 — For the first time, researchers have found a way to compare how much alcohol Europeans drink. And Britain, Ireland and Portugal top the ... read more

Pet Dogs Help Kids Feel Less Stressed

May 10, 2017 — Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they're stressed, according to a study by researchers, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for ... read more

The Family Dog Could Help Boost Physical Activity for Kids With Disabilities

May 10, 2017 — The family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. A case study of one 10-year-old boy with ... read more

Personality Factors Are Best Defense Against Losing Your Job to a Robot

May 9, 2017 — New research has found that IQ, along with an early interest in the arts and sciences, predicts who is likely to fall victim to automation in the ... read more

A Suspicious Mind Leads to a Suspicious Face

May 9, 2017 — In a series of studies, social psychology researchers show that Black participants who hold suspicious views of Whites visualize White faces, even smiling ones, as less trustworthy, less authentic ... read more

Is Our Social Media Behavior Still Influenced by Our Culture? This Is How Finns, Poles and Americans Differ

May 9, 2017 — Even though we think ourselves as global citizens, we still differ in terms of how we behave online and what motivates our behavior online.  A new study in the field of international marketing ... read more

Can Trusting Your Doctor Help Reduce Pain?

May 4, 2017 — Getting a shot at your doctor's office can be a stressful experience. But what if you knew your doctor was from your hometown, liked the same food as you, or shared your religious beliefs? Now ... read more

Direct and Not Indirect Childhood Abuse Linked to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents

May 4, 2017 — Adolescents who were physically abused or sexually abused were more likely to engage in non-suicidal self-injury than their non-abused counterparts, according to a new ... read more

Social Smoking Carries Same Heart-Disease Risks as Everyday Habit

May 3, 2017 — Social smokers’ risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up every day, new research has ... read more

Judging Moral Character: A Matter of Principle, Not Good Deeds

May 3, 2017 — People evaluate others' moral character -- being honest, principled, and virtuous -- not simply by their deeds, but also by the context that determines how such decisions are made. Furthermore, ... read more

How Technology Use Affects at-Risk Adolescents

May 3, 2017 — More use of technology led to increases in attention, behavior and self-regulation problems over time for adolescents already at risk for mental health issues, a new study finds. However, on days ... read more

Almost 6 in 10 Teens Take a Break from Social Media

May 3, 2017 — A new survey reveals that 58 percent of American teens report taking significant breaks from social media, and that many of these breaks are voluntary. The findings are drawn from a broader ... read more

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