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ISR News Releases


Psychiatric diagnoses: Why no one is satisfied

February 15th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch.

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Consumer confidence improves in January due to job gains

January 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Consumer confidence continued to improve in January due to positive news about potential job gains, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by…

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Expensive Egos: Narcissism has a higher health cost for men

January 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE.

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The Generation X Report: How young adults deal with influenza

January 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Only about one in five young adults in their late 30’s received a flu shot during the 2009-2010 swine flu epidemic, according to a University of Michigan report that details the behavior and attitudes of Generation X.

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Expert on the Arab Spring on the 1st anniversary of the Egyptian revolution

January 19th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution approaches on Jan. 25, sociologist Mansoor Moaddel is available to discuss trends in religious, political and cultural values in Egypt and other Arab countries.

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Fred Conrad heads Michigan Program in Survey Methodology

January 19th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Cognitive psychologist Frederick Conrad has been appointed director of the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology, based at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). The Program is one of only three in the U.S. to provide…

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Decline in teen smoking resumes in 2011

January 10th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The 2011 national survey results from the Monitoring the Future study show decreases in teen smoking in all three grades under study—grades 8, 10, and 12. The proportion saying that they smoked at all in the prior 30…

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Marijuana use continues to rise among U.S. teens, while alcohol use hits historic lows

January 10th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Among the more important findings from this year’s Monitoring the Future survey of U.S. secondary school students are the following:

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The 2012 Consumer Spending Outlook

January 10th, 2012

ISR economist Richard Curtin, Director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, presented his annual forecast of consumer spending at the annual U-M Economic Outlook Conference.

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Growing income and gender gaps in college graduation

December 6th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new study shows that the gap in rates of college completion between students from high-and low-income families has grown significantly in the last 50 years.

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