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Education professor Saundra Murray Nettles is the author of the new book, 'Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South'' (Information Age Publishing Inc., 2013).

Scholar examines keys to black children's psychosocial development

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:August 26, 2013

Education professor Saundra Murray Nettles is the author of the new book, "Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South" (Information Age Publishing Inc., 2013).

Published Date: August 26, 2013


A new study indicates that adolescent substance abuse has roots in bullying, fighting and familial violence, including conflict between siblings. Dorothy Espelage, a faculty member in the College of Education, led the research.

Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 15, 2013

Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests.

Published Date: July 15, 2013


A social-emotional skills learning program for sixth-graders decreased physical fighting by 42 percent, suggests a study led by educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage in the College of Education.

Skills learning program in middle schools dramatically reduces fighting

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 6, 2013

Middle school children who completed a social-emotional skills learning program at school were 42 percent less likely to engage in physical fighting a year later, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study, which is ongoing, involves more than 3,600 children at 36 middle schools across Illinois and Kansas, the largest sample to date used to investigate the impact of a social-emotional skills learning program on the behavior of middle school students.

Published Date: May 6, 2013


Gangs presence in the vicinity of schools both escalates levels of violence associated with bullying and creates a climate of fear and victimization that discourages adults and youth from intervening, suggests a study by alumnus Anjali Forber-Pratt, left, and co-author Dorothy Espelage in the College of Education.

Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:April 18, 2013

The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.

Published Date: April 18, 2013


New hires success on the job is highly dependent on their knowledge of the formal and informal social systems in the workplace, suggests a new study led by Russell Korte, a professor of  human resource development in the College of Education.

'Social capital' key to workers' success on the job, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:April 9, 2013

The quality of the social relationships that newly hired people develop with other employees in their work groups is critical to newcomers job satisfaction, learning their responsibilities and their ability to fit in to the workplace culture, a new study suggests.

Published Date: April 9, 2013