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Addressing the Global Impact of Violence on Children

The effects of war, natural disasters, poverty, and other calamities on children often hit the headlines. The abduction of 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Nigeria and surge of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America into the U.S. are two recent examples.

Last week, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released the largest-ever global study of the “staggering” physical and emotional violence inflicted on children daily, going beyond situations of conflict or war. The statistical analysis of violence against children, drawing on data collected from 190 countries, finds that sexual violence against girls under 20 is rampant; violence as a method of discipline within the home is widespread worldwide; and one in three students between the ages of 13 and 15 regularly face bullying in school.

UConn Today discussed some of these issues with Alaina Brenick, an assistant professor of human development and family studies. Her research has focused on children in high-conflict situations; immigration and the changing conceptions of self and identity in Israeli and Arab children; and the role of media in promoting or eliminating stereotypes. She is currently working on an analysis of interethnic relations between native Germans and minority immigrants in Germany.

Read more at UConn Today, September 9, 2014



Redefined View of Disabled, Says UConn Researcher

Despite potential risks and limited benefits, many Americans are still screened for cancers toward the end of their lives, according to a new study. Up to half of older people in the U.S. received cancer screenings even though there was a high likelihood that they would die within nine years without cancer, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

..."Each screening test carries different risks and benefits,” said Keith Bellizzi of the University of Connecticut‘s Center for Public Health and Health Policy in Storrs. "Individuals should be counseled about these risks in order to make an informed decision (sometimes involving caregivers or family members)."

Read the article in Fox News, August 19, 2014


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Redefined View of Disabled, Says UConn Researcher

American families who pursue an international adoption often embrace their child’s culture of origin while raising them. It’s an approach, according to a University of Connecticut researcher, that may also be beneficial to the development of disabled children.

Disability is not just about having a medical condition – it comes with a culture and a community, says Laura K. Mauldin, assistant professor of human development and family studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Read more of this article in UConn Today, August 18, 2014


Charles Super, PhD  

UConn faculty continues to lead in social science research

The Social Science Research Council and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosted a book publication celebration to honor the recent work of UConn faculty in the field of social sciences this Thursday. The event was energized with discussion about past successes throughout the discipline and promise for the upcoming years.

In less than one year, Charles M. Super’s of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies book sold more than 1,000 copies from the Oxford University Press. This is the highest number of sales for a book of the scholarly genre at Oxford, which reflects its impact and influence worldwide. UNICEF has purchased copies for staff worldwide, due to its deep insight into early childhood development policy. Early childhood development is increasingly visible and the basis of many UN Millennial goals and policy.

Read more of this article in The Daily Campus, November 15, 2013


Preston Britner, PhD  

Four Faculty Receive Endowed Professorships

In a ceremony on Wednesday, November 6, professors Jerzy Weyman, Jeffrey Shoulson, Jennifer Sterling-Folker, and Preston Britner were formally inducted as endowed professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, positions that honor the their achievements and stature as researchers, teachers, and mentors.

Read more at, November 6, 2013