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A study by School of Social Work alumna Chennan Liu suggests that extreme gaming may have positive as well as negative effects on teens.

Teen gaming addicts may wind up physically healthier as young adults, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:October 7, 2014

Teens who play video/computer games 21 hours a week or more may be physically healthier and less prone to obesity as young adults than peers who spend their time on other pursuits. But gamers who log the most screen time also may be more prone to depression in young adulthood, a new study says.

Published Date: October 7, 2014


STUDYING LEISURE: The Office of Recreation and Park Resources conducts a biennial survey of public recreation operators in Illinois. Co-authors are: graduate student Megan Owens, community services and education coordinator Jarrod Scheunemann and Robin Hall (not pictured), ORPRs director.

Trails, pickleball popular with Illinois fitness enthusiasts, survey says

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 7, 2014

Illinoisans want more trails, interest in pickleball is on the upswing, and some communities are pulling the plugs on their aging swimming pools, according to a recent survey of the organizations and municipalities that operate public recreation facilities in Illinois.

Published Date: October 7, 2014


Julie A. Dowling, a professor of Latina and Latino studies, has been named to a national committee advising the U.S. Census Bureau.

U. of I. professor named to U.S. Census Bureau advisory committee

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 6, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau has named Julie A. Dowling, a University of Illinois professor of Latina and Latino studies, to its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

Published Date: October 6, 2014


view image RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY: New research by doctoral student Tamilia D. Reed and educational psychology professor Helen A. Neville indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is critical to black American women's life satisfaction and mental health.

Study: Spirituality, not religion, is critical to black women's well-being

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 24, 2014

A number of studies have suggested that religion plays a critical role in black Americans’ mental health and life satisfaction, aiding their ability to cope with personal and societal stressors. However, a new study indicates that spirituality, rather than religiosity, may be the element that is essential to black women’s psychological well-being.

Published Date: September 24, 2014


SOCIAL STUDIES: New research by Nicole Llewellyn and Karen Rudolph suggests that children's gender, social orientation and sensitivity to social rewards and punishments may determine their responses to peer victimization. Llewellyn is a doctoral candidate and Rudolph is a faculty member, both in the department of psychology.

Gender, social orientation affect children's reactions to bullying

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 24, 2014

A new study of nearly 600 third-graders may explain why some children who experience peer victimization develop problems with depression or aggression while other children who also get bullied have healthy emotional and social adjustment.

Published Date: September 24, 2014