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Bad behavior may not be a result of bad parenting, but a lack of common language

New research led by Thomas Schofield, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, suggests that a language barrier can have negative consequences for adolescent self-control and aggressive behavior. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.

Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child is difficult at times. It is even more challenging when parents and children don’t speak the same language fluently — a reality for a growing number of immigrant families in the United States.

New research from Iowa State University suggests this language barrier can have negative consequences for adolescent self-control and aggressive behavior. 

College of Human Sciences scholarships support students at unpaid internships

Kelsey Driscoll, a senior in kinesiology and health, leads a walk around Fenway Park in Boston as part of an internship she worked at with the help of a scholarship from the College of Human Sciences for unpaid internships and student teaching. Contributed photo.

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences has in the past year helped nearly six dozen students who interned in fields where they are helping others, but were not going to be compensated for their work.

‘Good cop’ parent not enough to buffer some harmful effects of ‘bad cop’ parent

Research by Thomas Schofield, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, shows harsh parenting may have lasting health consequences for children. Contributed photo.

New research shows harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older. And attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are not always effective in lessening that risk.

Increasing the chances of student parents’ success

Keesha Wormely, an Iowa State alumna in child, adult, and family services, helps to produce better outcomes for college students who are also parents. Quality child care is essential, she said. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Keesha Wormely’s childhood gave her the passion to make things better for families like hers.

College of Human Sciences will showcase international programs

Leaders of the College of Human Sciences will showcase Iowa State’s international outreach ideas to other universities at the Board of Human Sciences conference next month in Alexandria, Virginia. Contributed photo.

Two international program leaders from the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will present ideas for globalization at the national Board on Human Sciences conference next month.

College of Human Sciences director of international programs Erin French and associate dean Linda Serra Hagedorn will deliver one of three international outreach presentations at the conference, March 8 to 11 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Resolving to exercise more in 2016? Iowa State experts can help you start and make it a habit

Weight loss is often the goal for anyone starting a new exercise routine. It’s a good motivator, but Iowa State University health experts say weight is not the only factor to consider if you want to stick with it and see results.

Weight loss is often the goal for anyone starting a new exercise routine. It’s a good motivator, but Iowa State University health experts say weight is not the only factor to consider if you want to stick with it and see results.

New College of Human Sciences program attracts food lovers to Italy

The College of Human Sciences international programs office now offers a new program in Italy for students seeking a short-term abroad experience. Contributed photo.

A new study abroad opportunity will allow Iowa State University students in food science and human nutrition and apparel, events, and hospitality management to study in Italy.