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Preschoolers of working moms get less sleep, which may explain why these children are at greater risk of becoming overweight, according to a new study by (from left) Janet Liechty, professor of medicine and social work; Katherine Speirs, postdoctoral research associate in human and community development; and Chi-Fang Wu, professor of social work.

Long work hours for moms mean less sleep, higher BMI's for preschoolers

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 20, 2014

The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study.

Published Date: November 20, 2014


A new study by Karen Rudolph indicates that boys and girls who mature early are at higher risk of several adverse outcomes, including depression. Rudolph is a professor of psychology at Illinois.

Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 19, 2014

Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.

Published Date: November 19, 2014


New studies by social work professor Venera Bekteshi explore the contextual factors that contribute to acculturative stress and emotional distress among immigrant Latinas in the U.S.

Discrimination, family conflict key sources of stress for Latina immigrants

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 19, 2014

Racial discrimination and family issues are key contributors to the acculturative stress experienced by Latina immigrant women in the U.S., new research suggests.

Published Date: November 19, 2014


Teaching and research are strongly linked as part of the student learning experience in An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie, with essays by Illinois faculty from a wide range of disciplines. The book was recently published by the University of Illinois Press.

Teaching and Research are a Potent Educational Mix, Say U. of I. Faculty in a New Book

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 3, 2014

A common perception, especially outside the university classroom, is that teaching and research are two separate domains, with little overlap. That’s not the reality, however, for many University of Illinois faculty – including those whose 18 essays appear in “An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie,” recently published by the University of Illinois Press.

Published Date: November 3, 2014


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