Child & Family

Beer Pong and…Study Habits? You May Learn More from Your College Roommate Than You Realize

New research suggests college peers may have significant effects on each other’s academic achievement, but the effects differ in size for students from different backgrounds.

Nudging Disadvantaged Students Towards Improved College Application Decisions

The college application process is riddled with uncertainty, and students in disadvantaged areas in particular may not have access to quality counseling or other resources to guide them. A recent study shows how a cheap policy change dramatically impacted the college decisions of disadvantaged students—and likely, their incomes.

“A” For Attendance: Do Certain Types of Absences Affect Students Differently?

Students who miss school intermittently suffer more than students who miss school due to mass disruptions like snow days, suggesting there are more negative effects from poor attendance than just missed instructional time.

Finance for Social Good: Are Microloans Truly Empowering the Impoverished?

An experiment in rural Morocco finds that economic gains from access to microfinance are highly variable, and there are no significant indirect impacts on the status of women and children.

The Welfare Investment: How Child Sponsorship Is Tied to Future Education and Employment

Children participating in an international sponsorship program are more likely to attain higher education and formal employment.

Protecting Our Kids: Domestic Violence, Corporal Punishment, and Risk

Parental attitudes toward domestic violence and corporal punishment directly inform whether children are at risk for physical or psychological violence.

Academic Stress in China: Coping with High Expectations in School Environments

How do high school students cope with high expectations? A look at academic stress levels in China.

Policy Radio | Feeding America’s Sophie Milam on Food Insecurity in America

Sophie Milam with Feeding America discusses the current state of food insecurity in the United States and the impact of new farm bill legislation on food assistance programs.

High Quality Vocab Cues from Parents Predict Better Comprehension Among Their Children

Children who received higher quality vocabulary cues from their parents are found to have higher vocabulary comprehension scores than those whose parents gave lower quality cues.

Another Path: Can school-based gang prevention programs show youth a way out?

An evaluation of the G.R.E.A.T. program, implemented as a school-based response to gang activity among youths, finds that students enrolled in the program are less likely than their peers to join gangs or have negative attitudes towards the police.

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