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Many Young Adults Lack Financial Literacy, Economic Stability, Study Finds

August 27, 2018

Nearly a third of young adults in a recent study were found to be “financially precarious” because they had poor financial literacy and lacked money management skills and income stability. Only 22 percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds in the study sample were deemed to be financially stable, according to lead author Gaurav Sinha, a ... Read more

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Study: Student Loans Hamper Wealth Accumulation Among Black, Hispanic Adults

July 31, 2018

Black and Hispanic adults in the study who reported having outstanding student loans when they graduated college had $36,000 less in net worth than their peers at age 30, according to lead author Min Zhan, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois. Zhan’s co-author, Xiaoling Xiang, is a professor of social work ... Read more

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Ted Cross Named Recipient of APSAC Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award

May 22, 2018

The School of Social Work Children and Family Research Center’s Ted Cross has been selected for the The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children‘s Mark Chaffin Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award. This award recognizes repeated, significant and outstanding contributions to research on child maltreatment over his career. APSAC award winners will be honored ... Read more

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Study: Girls More Likely Than Boys to Struggle With Social, Behavioral, Academic Needs

April 23, 2018

Written by: Sharita Forrest  | Illinois News Bureau, Education Editor  | 217-244-1072 The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems during their freshman year in high school, a new study found. And despite the gender stereotype that boys are more ... Read more

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Dr. Tara Powell’s Journey To Provide Hope After Disaster Continues On

April 3, 2018

Read Utopian Article New Orleans, 2007 Two years after hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans, Tara Powell was still seeing its lingering effects. It was the fall of 2007 and Powell, who had just received her Master of Social Work from Tulane University, was working for the international organization Save the Children. She was ... Read more

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Optimistic Latinos Have Healthier Hearts, Study Finds

April 3, 2018

Written by: Sharita Forrest  | Illinois News Bureau Education editor  | 217-244-1072 Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, suggests a new study of more than 4,900 people of Latino/Hispanic ancestry living in the U.S. “Each unit increase in a Latino adult’s level of optimism was associated with 3 percent ... Read more

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Doug Smith Named Director of Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD)

March 1, 2018

Dr. Smith is a faculty member with a strong research portfolio and ample experience in grant development, research project management, publishing, and student research mentoring. In this new leadership role, Doug will lead strategic thinking about overall direction of the Center, interact closely with and build new networks of external stakeholders, and provide increasing linkages ... Read more

CFRC Seeking Field Interviewers for IL Child Well-Being Study

January 24, 2018

The School of Social Work’s Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) is seeking field interviewers for The Illinois Child Well-Being Study. (Applications accepted by Survey Research Laboratory.) This study aims to provide an overall assessment of the well-being of children in substitute care with DCFS and involves in person interviews with children aged 7-17. Ideal ... Read more

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Longitudinal Social-Emotional Screening Work Funded by Spencer Foundation Grant

January 22, 2018

The purpose of this project is to examine for developmental patterns of social-emotional learning (SEL) needs among high school students, their academic and behavioral outcomes, and the role of school context in influencing the relations between patterns and outcomes. The goal is to examine how school factors moderate the relations between patterns of SEL needs ... Read more