News: Child Welfare
Children who are spanked by their parents are at greater risk for later problems in both vocabulary and behavior, a team of Columbia University researchers has found. One of them, CSSW Associate Professor Michael MacKenzie, said: “This is an important finding, because few studies in this area have examined effects on cognitive development.”
A new study has found that the decline in consumer confidence beginning in 2007 is associated with a six-fold increase in the chances that mothers will hit their children frequently (on about at least a monthly basis). Compton Foundation Centennial Professor Jane Waldfogel is a co-author, along with doctoral candidate William Schneider.
A new study, published August 5 in PNAS, finds that the onset of the Great Recession and deteriorating economic conditions has lead mothers—particularly those who carry a gene variation that makes them more sensitive to their environment—to engage in harsh parenting. Professor Irwin Garfinkel is a co-author.
Congratulations to Michael MacKenzie on his promotion to Associate Professor! Dr. MacKenzie is a social work scholar with a multidisciplinary background in developmental psychology and the life sciences.
Continuing our series of posts on social work careers, we talk to CUSSW alumna Kathleen Chiarantona (MS’12), who works in HHS on the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Program.
In a new series of posts on social work careers, we talk to CUSSW alumni who got launched in their careers upon graduation. First up: Emily Jabbour (MS’06), who works at a federal agency. (She is also the outgoing president of CUSSW’s Alumni Association!)
William T. Gormley, a recent visiting scholar at CUSSW, and a University Professor and professor of government and public policy at Georgetown, presents the premise of his latest book, that child advocates should take care in choosing their rhetoric and “issue frame.”
Announcing the release of a booklet listing the achievements of nine CUSSW doctoral students, program chair Julien Teitler mentioned their “broad range of important topics, including child obesity, foster care, adult and adolescent mental health, gender-based violence, and resilience among at-risk women in developing countries.”
Paul Levine (MS’68) was one of five awardees at the annual dinner held by the National Association of Social Workers, New York Chapter, on December 6. Read more about his achievements, along with those of the other five CUSSW alumni who were honored…