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  1. Girls’ Mental Health Suffers When Romances Unfold Differently Than They Imagined

    A new study reveals that for adolescent girls, having a romantic relationship play out differently than they imagined it would has negative implications for their mental health.

    “I found that girls’ risk of severe depression, thoughts of suicide, and suicide attempt increase the more their relationships diverge from what they imagined,” said the study’s author Brian Soller, an assistant professor of sociology and a senior fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

  2. Having Children is Contagious Among High School Friends During Early Adulthood

    A new study suggests that having children is contagious among female high school friends during early adulthood.

  3. High-Status Co-Eds Use ‘Slut Discourse’ to Assert Class Advantage

    A new study suggests that high-status female college students employ “slut discourse” — defining their styles of femininity and approaches to sexuality as classy rather than trashy or slutty — to assert class advantage and put themselves in a position where they can enjoy sexual exploration with few social consequences.

  4. Sociologists Available to Discuss Holiday-Related Topics Ranging From Shopping to Sadness

    As the holiday season begins, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss holiday-related topics ranging from shopping to sadness.

  5. Journal of Health and Social Behavior to Publish Corrected Version of Study

    The authors of a March 2015 Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB) study, "In Sickness and in Health? Physical Illness as a Risk Factor for Marital Dissolution in Later Life" (2015, 56(1):59-73), have retracted the article. There was a major error in the coding in their dependent variable of marital status. The conclusions of that study should be considered invalid. A corrected version of the article will appear in the September 2015 issue of JHSB.

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  6. Job Authority Increases Depression Symptoms in Women, Decreases Them in Men

    A new study finds that having job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men.

    "Women with job authority — the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay — have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power," said Tetyana Pudrovska, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and the lead author of the study. "In contrast, men with job authority have fewer symptoms of depression than men without such power."

  7. Accepting a Job Below One's Skill Level Can Adversely Affect Future Employment Prospects

    Accepting a job below one's skill level can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent, according to new research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.

  8. Local Homicide Rate Increases Cause More Elementary Students to Fail School

    A new study finds that an increase in a municipality’s homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable.

  9. People More Likely to Cheat as They Become More Economically Dependent on Their Spouses

    Both men and women are more likely to cheat on their spouses the more economically dependent they are on them, according to a new study.

    "You would think that people would not want to 'bite the hand that feeds them' so to speak, but that is not what my research shows," said study author Christin L. Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. "Instead, the findings indicate people like feeling relatively equal in their relationships. People don't like to feel dependent on another person."

  10. Sociologists Available to Discuss Mass Shootings and Gun Culture

    In the wake of yesterday's tragic event in San Bernardino, California, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss mass shootings and gun culture.