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Older parents frequently give help to their middle-aged offspring, and their perceptions about giving this help may affect their mental health, according to a team of researchers.
Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, will give a lecture, titled "Expanding on the Science of Healthy Aging," at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Village at Penn State.
Leann Birch, distinguished professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State, is retiring effective Dec. 31 after 21 years at Penn State.
Peter C.M. Molenaar, distinguished professor of human development in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has received the 2013 Sells Award for Distinguished Mulitvariate Research from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP).
Cynthia Stifter, professor of human development and family studies in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, has received two grants, totaling nearly $2 million to investigate the relationship between children's temperament and their risk of becoming obese as well as the relationship between children's temperament and their abilities to experience joy.
Patricia Hillkirk, a 1982 graduate in the individual and family studies program at Penn State, and founder/director of Camp Dreamcatcher, will give a presentation, titled "Catching a Dream: My Journey Helping HIV/AIDS-Impacted Youth," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. The talk, which is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society, will be held in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus. It is free and open to the public.
Twenty-six residents of The Village at Penn State, a State College retirement community, have received a Skype lesson from volunteers Amanda Gresh, undergraduate student in health policy and administration, and Courtney Polenick, graduate student in human development and family studies, since January.
Susan McHale, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, will present the 2013 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. Her lecture, “Love, Hate, Tolerate: The Puzzles of Sibling Relationships,” will be given at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.
Children in afterschool programs who have a sense of connectedness with their peers are less likely to report emotional problems, according to Penn State researchers. Children exhibited fewer behavior problems if they perceived their peers were willing to encourage them to behave well.
Spouses whose partners suffer from chronic pain may sleep poorly, according to researchers at Penn State, Duke University, the University of Pittsburgh and Kent State University. The researchers also found that the effect of chronic pain on spousal sleep is worse for couples with the closest relationships.
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