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Father Schools and Promise Keepers

In many countries, women have gained greater access to education, the right to work with fair compensation, and protection from violence. These all reflect changing … Read More

Suicide’s Gender Divide

Whereas Durkheim considered fatalistic suicide caused by high levels of social regulation a marker of premodern societies, this research suggests gender regulation may be harmful to adolescents’ mental health in the present day as well. Read More

Culture of Overcompensation

As more middle-class people felt The Great Recession’s effects, inequality became more visible. The public increasingly realized the top 1% was not suffering in the same way as everyone else. Read More

Protest Works

In 334 Southern cities, lunch-counter sit-ins increased the likelihood of desegregation. The protests also affected desegregation in nearby cities; desegregation in one city led to desegregation in nearby cities as well. Read More

Unemployment and Well-Being

Sociologists of mental health study how the broader social forces surrounding individual circumstances affect psychological well-being. For example, unemployment affects well-being, but how might this … Read More

Coding for Laughter

Instead of hurrying to the next question on an interview protocol, it may be well worth the time to question those spontaneous bouts of laughter. Read More

Kids and Community Violence

Proximity to violence seems to affect children differently based on psychological traits. Anxious children may have fewer cognitive resources to devote to mental coping strategies when they encounter community violence. Read More

Online Friends Affect Relationship Status

Complain about your job on Facebook? Your children? What about your marriage? Read More

Foreclosing on Diversity

Race matters. It affects who our neighbors are, our interactions with law enforcement, and where we go to school. A new study by Matthew Hall, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring shows how race affects foreclosures, too Read More

When Victims Blame the Victim

Why are so many victims of sexual violence seemingly reluctant to label their experiences “rape”? Read More