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Parental affection helps adoptive preschoolers develop empathy

September 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Young children whose parents regularly provide warmth and positive reinforcement show more empathy for others and care about following rules, according to a new University of Michigan study examining adoptive families. Without that parental affection, children may become aggressive…

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Consumer confidence: Volatile stock prices and persistent job and income growth

September 25th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The decline in optimism continued to narrow in late September as consumers increasingly concluded that the stock market declines had more to do with international conditions than the domestic economy, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of…

New survey tool on sexual harassment and assault now available

September 24th, 2015

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) has partnered with SoundRocket, an Ann Arbor-based social science research firm, to provide the nation’s college campuses with a scientifically designed survey on student sexual assault and harassment.…

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U-M launches Detroit study on social relationships, forgiveness

September 22nd, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Interviewers from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research will begin contacting Detroit community members this week for a new study on social relationships, forgiveness and well-being. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the study will include interviews…

AAU survey results echo earlier UMich study on campus climate regarding sexual misconduct

September 22nd, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan today released the findings of a second campus climate survey of students on the Ann Arbor campus regarding sexual misconduct. U-M was one of 27 universities across the nation to participate in a survey sponsored…

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Daily marijuana use among U.S. college students highest since 1980

September 1st, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. A series of national surveys of U.S. college students, as part of the University of Michigan’s Monitoring…

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Consumer confidence declines slightly in August: volatile stock prices, persistent job and income growth

August 28th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence declined in late August mainly due to the recent volatility in stock prices, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The overall decline was quite small, occurring very late in the month, as well…

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Marriages still resilient after the second child

August 27th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Many married couples can feel overwhelmed and stressed after their first child’s birth, but the transition period isn’t as long for the second child. While the initial four weeks after the second birth involves a period of adjustment, couples…

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Women in finance less likely to recommend their field to other women when stereotyped

August 26th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Gender stereotypes negatively affect women in male-dominated professions such as finance and banking, resulting in reduced well-being at work and less interest in recommending their field to young women. Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Queensland…

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Harsh parenting strategies undermine learning

August 13th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Before the new school year begins, here’s a pop quiz for parents of middle-school children: What do you do when your child brings home a bad report card? A. Lecture the child. B. Restrict her activities, such as participating…

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