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Study Examines Parents' Perspectives on the Benefits and Challenges of Adolescent Pet Companionship

A new study examines teens’ relationships with their pets through the perspectives of their parents. Parents were interviewed about the benefits and challenges of having pets for their adolescent’s wellbeing as well as how adolescents affected...
23-May-2022 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

New White Paper on Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse: Challenges in Achieving Justice

This white paper delves into the factors that impact whether cases of child sexual abuse move forward to prosecution. It makes actionable recommendations for achieving justice for all involved and for strengthening the safety of communities.
25-Apr-2022 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Family communication about sex and relationships extends from early adolescence to emerging adulthood, study finds

Parents’ communication with their teens about sex and relationships can protect teens from risky sexual behaviors, but few studies investigate how family talk may change over the course of development from adolescence to emerging adulthood. A new...
2-Mar-2022 1:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

Changes in teens' wellbeing during COVID-19 not related to their social media use, study finds

There is a popular assumption that teens’ wellbeing is intricately linked to their social media use. But a new study found that although teens were using social media more during COVID-19, and experiencing increases in social anxiety, loneliness,...
23-Feb-2022 10:35 AM EST Add to Favorites

Linda Charmaraman Appointed Forbes Ignite Scientific Advisor

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), has been appointed as Forbes Ignite’s new Scientific Advisor.
15-Dec-2020 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Quantity, content, and context of social media use may affect adolescents’ sleep

A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that checking social media often, viewing emotional or violent videos, and starting to use social media at an early age were significantly related to later bedtimes and fewer hours of...
2-Nov-2020 11:25 AM EST Add to Favorites


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