CRF In The News - November

CRF In The News - November

The Center for Research on Families, its scholars, and affiliates in the news for the month of November 2011.

 

In her Economix blog, former CRF Family Research Scholar ('07-'08) Nancy Folbre, says concerns about growing economic inequality that spurred the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement should be the focus of a wider discussion by economists about capitalism and its effects. (New York Times, 11/28/11)

 

Preliminary results of the latest study in a series conducted by sleep researcher and past CRF Scholar ('10-'11) Rebecca Spencer and her doctoral student Laura Kurdziel at UMass Amherst suggest that sleep does not enhance either motor skills or sequential learning in older adults. Spencer discussed her findings on sleep and the aging brain at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. in November. (New Jersey Herald, 11/21/11;USA Today, 11/21/11; Press TV, 11/21/11; News.Health.com, 11/20/11; MedicalXpress.com, 11/14/11; Science News, 11/13/11; NEWS OFFICE RELEASE)

 

Public Engagment Project Co-Founder Amy Schalet, author of the book “Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex,” discusses the attitudes towards adolescent sexuality. She says parents should pay attention to what she calls the ABCDs of adolescent sex: autonomy, building healthy relationships, connectedness and diversity.In her book she examines the differences in attitude about teen sex among Dutch and American parents. Schalet says the way to overcome the differences in attitude between the U.S. and the Dutch is through comprehensive sex education. (Washington Times, 11/20/11; Ivillage.com, 11/16/11; Wall Street Journal, 11/15/11; Bay Windows, 11/9/11; WBUR, 11/3/11; Huffington Post, 11/2/11; The Take Away [NPR], Huffington Post, 11/1/11)

 

“Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex” by Amy Schalet, sociology, is discussed in the column “On Parenting.” The columnist notes that Schalet was in Washington, D.C. yesterday to share her research comparing the pregnancy rates of American and Dutch teens and the influence of parental attitudes towards teen sex in the two countries. (Washington Post, 11/17/11)

 

Nancy Folbre, economics, writes in the Economix blog about how measuring the number of people in povertycan make a difference in how public policies are developed. (New York Times, 11/14/11)

 

Nancy Folbre is interviewed about her research on caring work, the labor that is often outside the mainstream economy that goes into caring for children, the sick and the elderly. (In These Times, 11/13/11)

 

Amy Schalet, sociology, author of the book "Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex," writes a column about how teen sex is portrayed on the televison show Glee. She has researched and written about the attitudes toward adolescent sexuality and the differences in attitude aboutteen sex among Dutch and American parents. Schalet says the way to overcome the differences in attitude between the U.S. and the Dutch is through comprehensive sex education. (Huffington Post, 11/12/11)

 

M.V. Lee Badgett, former Family Research Scholar ('04-'05) and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, comments in a story about how studies show that same-sex couples prefer marriage to civil unionsand choose marriage at about the same rate as traditional different-sex couple. (Bay Windows, 11/9/11)

 

Nancy Folbre writes in the Economix blog about the global economy and the small group of companies and banks that control a large portion of power and money. She says in recent decades, a smaller number of players have increased their share of the global markets and this leads away from competition and toward oligarchy. (New York Times, 11/7/11)

 

A columnist writing about the issue of economic fairness in society notes that Nancy Folbre supports the idea of putting a small tax on financial transactions as a way of preventing short-term, speculative trading. (Press-Citizen [Iowa City], 11/2/11)