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Do Age & SES Matter? A Mix-method Exploration of Social Media Use during Good & Bad Times

New Connections Webinar Series Presentation (January 2015)

Alumna Linda Charmaraman, PhD (NC 2013) and researchers studied differences in the utilization of social media and mobile phone technology by age and socioeconomic status (SES) among adolescents. The investigators recruited a diverse sample of more than 2,000 young adults to participate in an online survey.  They subsequently invited the young adults to serve in a follow-up interview. Findings revealed that young adults and upper-level college students were more likely to be unable... Read More

Residential Instability & Obesity over Time: The Role of Social & Built Environment

Health and Place (January 2015)

Alumnus Antwan Jones, PhD (NC 2011) published findings from his research exploring the correlation between residential instability and obesity risk in the United States. In the study, Dr. Jones extracts data from a retrospective longitudinal cohort sample of nearly 14,000 racially diverse adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adult Health and the Obesity and Neighborhood Environment database.  He does this to capture demographic, socioeconomic, and familial... Read More

Exploring Culturally Based Intrafamilial Stressors among Latino Adolescents

Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies (December 2014)

In an exploratory qualitative study New Connections network member David Córdova, PhD, and colleagues, used a grounded theory approach to uncover the effects of acculturative differences on the parent-adolescent dyad that may affect Latino youth development. Specifically, this study expands the knowledge of parent-child cultural discrepancies among Latinos by observing how acculturation influences intrafamilial stressors when Latino youth are more acculturated than their parents... Read More

Urban vs. Rural Differences in Prescription Opioid Misuse among Adults in the United States

International Journal of Drug Policy (October 2014)

New Connections network member, Khary K. Rigg, PhD, and grantee Shannon M. Monnat, PhD, collaborated on a study addressing the misuse of prescription opioids and its contributing factors by geographic classification. The researchers found that urban adults are at a higher risk of prescription opioid misuse (POM) in comparison to their rural adult counterparts. The higher rate of POM among adults in urban communities may be attributed to the greater likelihood of consuming other alcohol... Read More

TXT Me I’m Only Sleeping

Fam Community Health (2014)

New Connections scholar Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD (NC 2007) and researchers examined the correlations between teen sleeping patterns and cell phone usage at bedtime. Under the premise that nighttime cell phone use is a health risk, interfering with sleep onset, quality, and duration, Dr. Adachi-Mejia and colleagues surveyed participants (ages 12-20) of a New Hampshire pediatric primary care practice. More than half of the sample reported taking their phones to bed with them (63%), and... Read More

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