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It's not concerns about the cost that keep many people from getting help with civil justice problems, says Rebecca Sandefur, a professor of sociology and of law at Illinois, in a new report.

Many solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says study

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 19, 2014

Many of life’s problems are also civil legal problems, but people don’t see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.

Published Date: August 19, 2014


New research by Liza Berdychevsky and colleagues explores the motivations and consequences - both beneficial and detrimental - of women's sexual risk-taking during tourist travel. Berdychevsky is a professor in the department of recreation, sport and tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Studies explore sexual risk-taking among women travelers

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 18, 2014

For some women, sexual adventures during tourist travel can be life-changing – sparking sexual fulfillment and personal growth, or potentially causing devastating health or social problems, two new studies suggest.

Published Date: August 18, 2014


Communication professor Leanne Knobloch has spent the past five years studying how military families adjust after a service members return from deployment.

Returning troops and their families have work to do after the reunion

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 30, 2014

Many service members will arrive in the U.S. to happy reunions. But reunited couples and families will have work to do in the months that follow, says Leanne Knobloch, a University of Illinois communication professor who has studied the relationships of military families post-deployment for about five years – and is starting new research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Published Date: July 30, 2014


University of Illinois anthropology professor Kathryn Clancy led a new study of sexual harassment and assault of men and women working on scientific field studies.

Sexual harassment and assault are common on scientific field studies, survey indicates

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2014

A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them – particularly the younger ones – suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.

Published Date: July 16, 2014


A new study by social work professors Douglas C. Smith and Karen M. Tabb suggests that refusal skills training may not help minority adolescents with substance abuse problems avoid relapse.

Learning to 'just say no' is not a panacea for minorities with alcohol, drug problems

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:July 10, 2014

Teaching youth to “just say no” has long been viewed as the first line of defense in the war on drugs. And several studies have provided compelling evidence that refusal skills training, which teaches participants strategies for resisting social pressure, can be successful at preventing youth from trying drugs and alcohol.

Published Date: July 10, 2014