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  • Youngest and Oldest Drivers Most Likely to Be in Unsafe Vehicles
    Teen drivers and drivers 65 years and older — two age groups at high risk of being involved in an automobile accident — are more likely to be driving unsafe vehicles, which can increase their risk of injury even further, according to a new study from the Center for Injury ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-29
  • Older Adults More Vulnerable to Depression in Pandemic But Strong Social Ties Can Help
    Older adults have been more vulnerable to depression and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic, but having strong relationships can help protect against mental health issues, according to a new study published in The Journal of Gerontology: Series B. “What we found is the pandemic was associated with worse mental health ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-29
  • How Catastrophizing Pain Can Drive Avoiding Exercise
    A new study suggests that how people think about their pain can have a major impact on whether they get enough physical activity — or if they spend more time being sedentary. Chronic or persistent pain affects between 60 and 75 percent of older adults in the United States, and ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-28
  • Your In-Laws’ Drinking History Could Lead to Your Own Drinking Issues
    A new study reveals a surprising family connection to alcohol use disorder (AUD): the drinking habits of a person’s in-laws. The findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that marriage to a spouse who was exposed to parental alcohol misuse as a child increases that person’s likelihood of developing ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-28
  • Many Parents Butt Heads With Grandparents Over Parenting Rules
    A new poll suggests that disagreements over parenting choices and rules can cause significant contention between a child’s parents and grandparents. Nearly half of the parents in the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine describe disagreements with at least one grandparent about their parenting.  ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-28
  • Discriminatory Housing Practices Tied to Premature Births
    A new study suggests that past discriminatory housing practices may play a role in perpetuating the significant disparities in infant and maternal health faced by minorities in the United States. For decades, banks and other lenders refused loans to people if they lived in an area the lenders deemed to ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-28
  • Study: Political Parties Have Become More Extreme to Get Votes
    Political parties in the U.S. have become increasingly polarized in an attempt to get more votes — not because voters themselves are becoming more extremist. The research team led by Northwestern University found that extremism is a strategy that has worked over the years even if voters’ views remain in ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-27
  • Study IDs Parenting Risk Factors Linked to Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Individuals whose parents struggled with substance dependence, intimate partner violence and mental illness are more than 10 times more likely to have been victims of childhood sexual abuse than those whose parents did not have these problems, once age and race are taken into account, according to a new study ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-27
  • Study Looks at SSRI Efficacy for Adolescent Anxiety
    In a new study, University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers investigated the effectiveness of escitalopram (brand name Lexapro), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), for the treatment of anxiety disorders in adolescents. They also looked at the impact of metabolism on escitalopram blood levels in adolescents. The research, funded by the ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-27
  • Student Loan Debt May Hurt Chances of Full-Time Job
    Student loan debt may negatively affect a person’s chances of securing full-time employment due to added pressure in their job search, according to new research led by the University of Texas at Arlington. The study used data from 1,248 graduating seniors from four different American universities. The more financially strained ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-26
  • Why Obeying Orders Can Make Us Do Awful Things
    In a new study, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience analyzed brain activity while participants inflicted pain on others. They found that obeying orders to harm others reduced empathy- and guilt-related activity in the brain. The findings, published in the journal NeuroImage, may help explain why people are able ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-26
  • Study: Veterans May Benefit From Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation
    Complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies, such as yoga, meditation and tai chi may help improve overall physical and mental health and reduce perceived stress among veterans receiving care in the Veterans Health Administration (VA) system, according to a new study published in a special September supplement to Medical Care. ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-26
  • Surveys: Resilience Strained As Lockdowns, Fear of Pandemic and Financial Woes Persist
    The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected people’s daily emotional lives and mental health, increasing their stresses the longer that lockdowns, fear of getting sick and financial strains persist, according to a timely new study in the journal Sustainability. Having a lower education level and speaking English as a second ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-26
  • Black Patients Experience Less Anxiety, Pain with Black MD
    A new study suggests that when doctors are the same race as their patients, it can forge a sense of comfort that helps reduce anxiety and pain, particularly for Black patients. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Miami, involved groups of non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, and Black patients ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-25
  • Young Adults’ Drinking Language Suggests 4 Types of Drinkers
    A new study suggests that the language young people use to describe the effects they feel from drinking may give clues into their drinking habits. A team of researchers at Penn State analyzed the language young adults use to describe different levels of inebriation. The team was able to not ... read more
    Source: Psychology in the NewsPublished on 2020-08-24
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