Research + News | Topic: Family

‘Launch’ Plan Gets Your Grown Kids Off Your Couch

A plan for launching your grown children out on their own. Read the advice column here.

College Students’ Internet Addiction Has Mixed Effects On Families

On one hand, the Internet helps keep college students connected to their families when they are apart, but when they are together, their family complains about their excessive use of the Internet. Read the article here.

Most Students Expect Parents’ Financial Help After College

According to Upromise, more than 2/3 of students expect mom and dad to financially support them after college graduation. Read the article here.

The Culture of Adolescence

George Will writes the following in an opinion piece on

As Penn State historian Gary Cross says, adolescence is being redefined to extend well into the 20s, and the “clustering of rites of passage” into adulthood – marriage, childbearing, permanent employment – “has largely disappeared.”

Read the full article here.

Pregnant College Girls Should Not Have to Choose Between Child, Education

The Christian Post explores the issue of getting pregnant while in college. From the article:

“Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college can be a scary situation for most women, and many of these students have no idea about the resources available to them on their college campuses to help them stay in school and parent their children.”

Read the entire article here.

Home Alone? You Wish.: 10 Tips for Readjusting To Family Life Over Break

Some helpful tips for college students returning home over break. Read the tips here.

Poll: Parents and Teens Share (Unrealistic) Dreams About College

NatinalJournalThe National Journal reports on a Heartland Monitor poll revealing that “most (students and parents) still see a college degree as ticket to the middle class. But they’re unprepared for the cost.”

From the article:

“And how do families expect to pay for all of these four-year degrees? The answer may explain why so many students end up dropping out–or taking breaks from their college studies–because of financial concerns and difficulties. Sixty percent of parents and a full 78 percent of teenagers say they are counting on grants and scholarships to help finance the cost of college education. That is no doubt the encouraging message they’re hearing from well-meaning teachers and counselors who want to nurture college dreams. But with fewer than 40 percent of college students receiving Pell Grant money–and a far smaller number benefiting from merit-based scholarships–that leaves a families with tuition-and-board sticker shock.”

Read the full report here.

Getting to College: How Do Young Black and Latino Males Succeed?

pennstudyThe University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education released a report entitled “Succeeding in the City: A Report from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study.” After analysis of interviews with 325 high school juniors and seniors in NYC public schools, the research attributed levels of success to several factors including:

  • Consistently high expectations from parents and families
  • Reputations that exempted them from gang recruitment
  • A desire to transcend poverty
  • Meaningful relationships with caring teachers and other adults in their schools who foster innovative college-going cultures and respectful educational environments


Read the press release here.

Read the full report here.

Saying Goodbye to My Child

The Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson, has written a heart-felt reflection on dropping his son off at college. He writes, “The emotions of a parent, I can attest, are an odd mix: part pride, part resignation, part self-pity, even a bit of something that feels like grief. The experience is natural and common. And still planets are thrown off their axes… Parenthood offers many lessons in patience and sacrifice. But ultimately, it is a lesson in humility. The very best thing about your life is a short stage in someone else’s story.”

Read the full article here.

Will Today’s Teens Depend on Parents Forever?

An article from US News & World Report discusses a new survey from Junior Achievement USA and the Allstate Foundation. The study revealed that “one in four teens say they will be in their mid-20s before they will be able to support themselves without parental assistance, an increase from 12 percent two years ago.”

Read the full article here.