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Odgers awarded Jacobs Foundation Fellowship

Candice Odgers, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, has received a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship for 2016. Odgers, associate professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience, received one of the three Advanced Fellowships awarded for the year, drawn from a large pool of applicants from around the world. The […]

Parents’ Top Fears About Teens’ Cellphone Use — Are They Justified?

Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a new report from Duke University researchers. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption. “Each generation worries about how young people are using their time,” said Candice Odgers, associate professor in […]

Parents, don’t fret about your ‘constantly connected’ kids

While doing back-to-school shopping the other day, I was sorting through glitter glue and pencil crayons when my son turned to me with an urgent request: He “needed” a cellphone, he said, so his friends could text him. My son is 5 and does not yet know how to read. I began to laugh, but […]

The surprising cost of growing up poor in the shadow of wealth

“Poverty hurts a child’s chances of getting ahead, of thriving in school, of growing up healthy. It touches the brain and influences the air children breathe. It fundamentally affects where they live and the kind of world they’re exposed to. “We know a lot about how kids experience poverty,” says Candice Odgers, the associate director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at […]

Researching neighborhoods with Google Street View

Researchers are beginning to recognize the value of Google Street View for capturing information about neighborhoods. Candice Odgers‘ research team is among the few who have begun to channel the power of this tool to paint a richer picture of the context in which children grow up. For the full story in The Wall Street […]

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

January 4, 2016 This New York Times opinion piece reveals alarming rates of school-related depression and anxiety among American students. Nearly one in three teenagers told the American Psychological Association that stress drove them to sadness or depression — and their single biggest source of stress was school, according to the author. “Expectations surrounding education have […]

Digital Zombies?

No, Your Children Aren’t Becoming Digital Zombies Should parents be worried about smartphones and social media? A new survey of research provides encouraging news “The other day, a newspaper writer joined the chorus of angry voices about the bad effects of new technology. “There can be no rational doubt that [it] has caused vast injury.” […]

The paradox of the ghetto

“…Researchers at Duke University in America followed over 1,600 children from age five to age 12 in England and Wales. They found that poor boys living in largely well-to-do neighbourhoods were the most likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, from lying and swearing to such petty misdemeanours as fighting, shoplifting and vandalism, according to a […]

Risks and Rewards of Being an Adolescent in the Digital Age

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. adolescents now own mobile phones, and teens send an average of 60 text messages a day. But fears that so much texting is harming adolescents’ relationships may be exaggerated, write Madeleine George and Candice Odgers. In fact, studies suggest that teens’ texting enhances their relationships. Adolescents’ sleep may be suffering, […]

Rural areas suffer high rates of food insecurity

Food insecurity is not only an urban problem, Joy Piontak and Michael Schulman write in a new article in the journal Contexts. Hunger plagues rural America, too, and food deserts are sprinkled across that landscape.  Read the full article here: Rural Food Insecurity