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Edin and Shaefer's book a call to action for Americans to deal with poverty

Weir says pain may underlie rise in suicide and substance-related deaths among white middle-aged Americans

Weitzman says China's one-child policy has had devastating effects on first-born daughters


MCubed opens for new round of seed funding, November 4-18

PSC News, fall 2015 now available

Barbara Anderson appointed chair of Census Scientific Advisory Committee

John Knodel honored by Thailand's Chulalongkorn University

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Daniel Eisenberg, "Healthy Minds Network: Mental Health among College-Age Populations"

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Sastry finds mothers' reading skills greatest determinant of children's academic success

a PSC In The News reference, 2010

"Improving mothers' literacy skills may be best way to boost children's achievement" - NIH News. 10/25/2010.

Narayan Sastry and Anne Pebley (UCLA) found that a mother's literacy is the largest single determinant of her children's academic success, outweighing the effects of neighborhood or family income. This in turn suggests that programs to improve maternal literacy skills may be very effective in overcoming school achievement disparities between children in poor and in more affluent communities.

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