The problem of gun violence has again returned to the foreground of our national consciousness. Although we have seen some overall decline in the violent murder rate across the U.S. since the early 1990s, the problem remains devastatingly large, painfully destructive to our families and communities, and morally unacceptable.
Women reported growing unhappiness from 1985 to 2006, according to “Footloose and Fancy Free? Two Decades of Single Mothers’ Subjective Well-Being,” a recent study published in Social Service Review. They reported increased pessimism about the future, regret over the past, and overall dissatisfaction with their lives.
Young people from the highest tax brackets who care about social justice are finding ways to reconcile their money and their values by using a community organizing model that takes them beyond simple philanthropy.
Child support is a good thing, right? Not always. New research published in the March 2012 Social Service Review has found that children whose fathers paid below the median level of formal child support—$1,500—were more likely to show more aggression and more “internalizing behavior” like depression, anxiety and withdrawal.
A program in Chicago’s neighborhood high schools is better preparing some students for college than the city’s most selective high schools, a recent study found.
Historians are beginning to understand the central role art has played in the efforts of community organizers to subvert ingrained representations of race and to challenge urban inequality.
Over the years, studies have shown that multi-racial youth are more likely to use illegal drugs, smoke, drink alcohol or be caught up in violence than youth identified as single-race. According to a paper published this year in the peer-reviewed Journal of Youth and Adolescence, however, the differences in risky behavior among these two populations are not as great as previous studies had shown.