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The researchers also found that spillover-exposed children are more likely to engage in their parents' more severe aggressive conflicts by attempting to solve the problem or by making peace between their parents than non-spillover-exposed children. Image: © Getty Images / Wildpixel

April 05, 2019

New interview method can lead to tailored approaches to address family aggression

Interparental aggression often co-occurs with aggression toward kids UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Parents in the midst of a psychologically or physically aggressive argument tend to also be aggressive with their children, according to researchers at Penn State. The team found that this "spillover" of aggression toward children causes kids to exhibit greater fear during future incidents of interparental aggression, regardless of the severity of those future incidents, than children who do not experience this spillover effect.

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March 15, 2019

Inaugural substance abuse conference to be held April 29 at University Park

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) will host a conference to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, foundation representatives, and the public to discuss significant and emerging problems in combating substance abuse.

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Sahiti Kunchay, a doctoral student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, displays a survey designed to assess a young adult's alcohol and marijuana co-use using an Apple Watch. Kunchay helped to design the survey application as part of an interdisciplinary study being conducted by researchers in the College of IST and the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. IMAGE: PENN STATE

March 13, 2019

A close watch: IST seed grant funds study to assess and predict substance co-use

IST and HHD researchers to analyze alcohol and marijuana use in young adults using Apple Watches

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Adolescents reported data on conflict they witnessed between their parents, how threatened they felt by that conflict, feelings of self-efficacy, their school success and how much they felt supported by their peers. IMAGE: © GETTY IMAGES / SKYNESHER

March 13, 2019

Families and schools may play key roles in promoting adolescent self-confidence

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Self-confidence is critical for teens as they prepare for the challenges of adulthood, and both families and schools may together play a vital role in boosting adolescents’ confidence even in the face of difficulties with family, according to researchers.

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March 07, 2019

2019 Lecture on Compassion to focus on cultivating mental health

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —The importance of promoting mental health and well-being among women, children and families will be the topic of the fourth annual Lecture on Compassion. Sona Dimidjian, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss “Expanding Compassion: Reflections on Our Research, Practice, and Lives” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in 110 Henderson Building. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception following.

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