Impact of the pandemic on rural shopping habits

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers at the University of Southampton have explored how the pandemic has impacted the shopping habits and attitudes of consumers aged 65+ living and shopping in rural communities in the South of England. A series of practical recommendations to encourage older shoppers in rural areas back into local stores in the… Continue reading Impact of the pandemic on rural shopping habits

More women in a STEM field leads people to label it as a ‘soft science,’ according to new research

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain One factor that influences the use of the labels “soft science” or “hard science” is gender bias, according to recent research my colleagues and I conducted. Women’s participation varies across STEM disciplines. While women have nearly reached gender parity in biomedical sciences, they still make up only about 18% of students… Continue reading More women in a STEM field leads people to label it as a ‘soft science,’ according to new research

Survey reveals Islamophobia is the posh person’s prejudice

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A survey led by the University of Birmingham says people from middle and upper-class occupational groups are more likely to hold prejudiced views of Islam than people from working class occupational groups. The survey, which was carried out in conjunction with YouGov, found that 23.2 percent of people who come from… Continue reading Survey reveals Islamophobia is the posh person’s prejudice

Social media use tied to poor physical health — ScienceDaily

Social media use has been linked to biological and psychological indicators associated with poor physical health among college students, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo researcher. Research participants who used social media excessively were found to have higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biological marker of chronic… Continue reading Social media use tied to poor physical health — ScienceDaily

Living environment affects child’s weight development from birth to school age — ScienceDaily

A new study shows that living in a neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage is a risk factor for adverse weight development in children under school age. Researchers studied the connection between neighbourhoods’ socioeconomic status and children’s weight development from data covering over 11,000 Finnish children. A new study conducted at the University of Turku, Finland, examined the… Continue reading Living environment affects child’s weight development from birth to school age — ScienceDaily

Increasing use of technology driving new forms of domestic abuse

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new Home Office report has found that domestic abuse perpetrators are increasingly using digital and online technologies to monitor, threaten and humiliate their victims. The report, based on a project funded by the UK Home Office Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Research Fund and compiled by researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth… Continue reading Increasing use of technology driving new forms of domestic abuse

The sexual harassment of Generation Z

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Workplace policy and training in addressing matters concerning sexual harassment need to ensure that the youngest members of the workforce are also protected from this kind of abuse, something that has not necessarily been dealt with comprehensively by many companies in the past. Research in this area published in the International… Continue reading The sexual harassment of Generation Z

Restoring peace in family systems in communities of color

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain As a therapist of 13 years with a private practice serving primarily people of color, I became aware of a third, unspoken, pandemic that swept across our community during the COVID-19 lockdown; the conflict pandemic among families. With many families sharing close quarters with no respite for 24 hours a day,… Continue reading Restoring peace in family systems in communities of color

How sexual violence survivors seek safe haven on social media

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Within highly religious and normative societies such as Indonesia, the notion of sexual violence seems to be something that is absurd and beyond belief. Many people still believe the occurrence of sexual violence is simply out of the question in a pious society or a country with “Eastern” values. Our research… Continue reading How sexual violence survivors seek safe haven on social media