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In Brief

News and notes.

Where Intersectionality is a Strategy

Despite a consensus that men’s involvement is crucial to women’s rights movements, including the long-standing push to stop violence against women, it remains a struggle … Read More

Facing Race in Adoptive Families

Children adopted into families whose race or ethnicity differs from their own—transracial adoptive families—force their parents to confront uncomfortable racial realities. Read More

Crime is Even Lower in Diverse Immigrant Neighborhoods

Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than U.S. natives. Still, Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign hinged partly on stoking fear of criminality among U.S. Read More

Helicopter Parents in the Hospital

How far can parents go when advocating for their sick child? Better yet, how far will doctors allow them to go? Read More

Swedish Parents Get the Interview

Research typically finds evidence for a “fatherhood premium” and a “motherhood penalty”: parenthood is good for fathers’ earnings and reduces mothers’ earnings. However, studies directly testing employer discrimination are few and inconclusive in their results. Read More

Fewer Kids, More Equality

An across-the-board decrease in larger families might be a net gain for child outcomes—and its pronounced change among disadvantaged families might help reduce American inequality. Read More

Health, Now and Later

What is the relationship between diabetes and personality? Read More

Of Porn and Prayer

Is the rise in pornography consumption reducing religiosity? Read More

Get Tough on the Huddled Masses

Illegal documentation status elicits the strongest support for aggressive policing. Read More

Success and Failure in Framing Social Movements

How social movements frame their issues is crucial for success or failure, but understanding how framing works remains a challenge for researchers and activists alike. Read More