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February 11, 2014

Data on today’s youth reveal childhood clues for later risk of STDs

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Findings from UW longitudinal surveys of nearly 2,000 participants suggest that efforts to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases should begin years before most people start having sex.


February 4, 2014

Personal experience, work seniority improve mental health professionals’ outlook

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One might think that after years on the job, mental health workers would harbor negative attitudes about mental illness, but a new UW study suggests the opposite.


December 16, 2013

5 effective parenting programs to reduce problem behaviors in children

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UW researchers evaluated about 20 parenting programs and found five that are especially effective at helping parents and children at all risk levels avoid adolescent behavior problems that affect not only individuals, but entire communities.


December 9, 2013

Communities across U.S. reduce teen smoking, drinking, violence and crime

Fewer high school students across the U.S. started drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, committing crimes and engaging in violence before graduation when their towns used a prevention system developed by UW’s Social Development Research Group.


August 5, 2013

Abused children found to smoke more as teens and adults

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Researchers have long suspected some kind of link between childhood abuse and smoking. But in an interesting twist, UW researchers found a connection not between whether or not an abused child will ever begin smoking, but to how much they smoke once they do start.


July 9, 2013

School policies reduce student drinking – if they’re perceived to be enforced

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Every middle and high school has a policy against drinking alcohol on campus, but not all students follow the rules. New research suggests students are less likely to drink if they believe their school will strictly enforce its policy.


March 28, 2013

Arts Roundup: Art, recitals, trivia — and big band jazz

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This week, student art and music, a School of Social Work art exhibit a lecture on art and more. It’s between quarters but there’s still plenty to see on campus.


December 17, 2012

Aging, end-of-life expert offers advice for coping with holiday blues

A sorrowing old man in the painting "At Eternity's Gate" by Vincent van Gogh.

The holidays can be a time of sadness and loneliness, and UW’s Wendy Lustbader has advice on how to deal with these issues.


October 16, 2012

Marriage, education can help improve well-being of adults abused as children

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Researchers investigating the long-term consequences of child abuse have identified some protective factors that can improve the health of victims during their adulthood.


September 20, 2012

Low income linked to poorer health in both U.S. and England, despite different health systems

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Although the English are generally healthier than Americans, both countries grapple with large health inequalities. A new study suggests that in both countries, health and wealth are tightly linked. The study, published online Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health, links income level with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and other health conditions….


September 12, 2012

Official U.S. poverty rate remains high, middle class incomes decline

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Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show that, after increasing since 2008, the poverty rate for the U.S. remained stable at 15 percent between 2010 and 2011. In Washington state, the estimated poverty rate increased from 11.5 percent (774,000 residents) to 12.5 percent (854,000 residents) between 2010 and 2011.


July 10, 2012

Multiracial youths show similar vulnerability to peer pressure as whites

Experts have thought that multiracial adolescents use drugs and engage in violence more than their single-race peers. But in a new study, researchers find that mixed-race adolescents are more similar to their white counterparts than previously believed.


June 12, 2012

Intervention to improve foster families’ trust, connectedness

UW researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children.


May 10, 2012

School of Social Work to lead new partnership for child welfare

The School of Social Work at the University of Washington will lead a newly formed partnership to provide professional development for the state’s social workers involved in child welfare.


May 8, 2012

Caregivers must keep ‘a slice of selfishness’ – UW social worker

Wendy Lustbader, with the UW School of Social Work, is a nationally known speaker on how to cope with aging, disability and end-of-life issues. She will speak June 4 at a caregivers conference in Tukwila, Wash.


April 24, 2012

Global health priorities should shift to preventing risky behaviors in adolescence: UW professor

As deaths from infectious diseases have declined worldwide, policymakers are shifting attention to preventing deaths from noncommunicable causes, such as drug and alcohol use, traffic crashes and unsafe sex practices.


April 2, 2012

Sex-offender registries list individuals not living in community, UW study

A UW Tacoma researcher has discovered that sex-offender registries include people who are not actually living within the community,such as individuals who have died, been deported, are in jail or have moved out of state.


December 28, 2011

A way to ‘feel human: School of Social Work fosters social justice, joy through art

A way to ‘feel human: School of Social Work fosters social justice, joy through art (3)

The School of Social Work will host a public reception Jan. 11 at 4-6 p.m. to kick off an art exhibit featuring about 20 paintings and drawings by homeless youths in the University District.


November 16, 2011

LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

LGBT seniors face harder old age, national study finds

Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services, according to a new study by researchers in the School of Social Work


November 7, 2011

Soldiers phone in for help with substance use

Soldiers phone in for help with substance use

The Warrior Check-Up study provides free, confidential help to active-duty service members experiencing problems with alcohol and drug use but who arent already in treatment


October 21, 2011

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

Housing, health care contribute most to rising costs of living in Washington

It costs 8 percent more on average than it did two years ago for Washington residents to make ends meet, according to a new report from a UW research group.


October 3, 2011

Community effort brings lasting drop in smoking, delinquency, drug use

Tenth graders in towns using Communities That Care, a prevent system developed by UW School of Social Work researchers, were less likely to have tried drinking or smoking and showed less delinquent behavior.


September 21, 2011

33 percent drop in physical bullying in schools using Steps to Respect

Eric Brown, a research assistant professor at the UW School of Social Work, led the study of Steps to Respect's effect on bullying.

Schools using Steps to Respect saw a reduction in physical bullying and in the number of teachers reporting fighting as a big problem, according to a new study from researchers in the UW School of Social Work.


June 27, 2011

Two talks with teens leads to less marijuana use for at least a year

Two talks with teens leads to less marijuana use for at least a year

Brief, voluntary conversations with a health educator led to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for teenagers who frequently used the drug.


May 4, 2011

Adult-supervised drinking in teens may lead to more alcohol use

UW researchers show that allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach responsible drinking as teens get older.


March 28, 2011

Mothers abused during childhood at risk for having low birth weight babies

Amelia Gavin is an assistant professor in UWs School of Social Work.

UW researchers report that mothers who were maltreated as children have increased risk for giving birth to low birth weight babies.


February 9, 2011

Working more than 20 hours a week in high school can harm grades, UW researcher finds

Kathryn Monahan is a research scientist at the Social Development Research Group in UWs School of Social Work. Photo credit: University of Washington.

A UW researcher shows that working during the school year can impede high school performance and cause behavior problems, such as drug use and delinquency.


December 7, 2010

International law permits abusive fathers custody of children

International law permits abusive fathers custody of children



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