News: Child Welfare
SWM-010: Translating Neuroscience into Policy and Practice for At-Risk Children, with Dr. Jack Shonkoff
Dr. Jack Shonkoff, the 2014 Lucille N. Austin Lecturer, has a long connection with the social work profession. In this podcast, he talks about how social work practice may change with at-risk children as a result of new findings on the brain’s early development.
The first findings have been released from the CPRC-Robin Hood survey of New York City families, showing that poverty and hardship are worse than official estimates indicate–findings that may also help inform the national debate over how best to help the poor.
Children who are spanked by their parents go on to have more aggressive behavior, which in turn predicts increased spanking, according to a team of Columbia University researchers. Lead author, CSSW Associate Professor Michael MacKenzie, said: “Parents with more challenging children need support to avoid this escalating pattern.”
A new study led by researchers at our School is making waves in Washington because of its findings on the importance of government transfers in keeping Americans out of poverty.
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!)