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Explaining Asian Americans’ academic advantage over whites

Add Health research featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Add Health Data Users Seminar: April 21

Bring your brown bag lunch and join us for the monthly Add Health Data Users Seminar.

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Add Health Study: Like a virgin (mother)

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill observed the apparent occurrence of virgin pregnancy and birth. The research team of Amy H. Herring, Samantha M. Attard, Penny Gordon-Larsen, and Carolyn T. Halpern, with the assistance of Reverend William H. Joyner, analyzed self-reports of pregnancy and sexual initiation. They found that 36 young women who consistently reported having never had sexual intercourse also reported giving birth during the same period. Such “virgin births” were associated with signing chastity pledges and absent or poor parental communication about sex and birth control.

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Add Health Study: The effects of bedtime and sleep duration on academic and emotional outcomes

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers from the University of California Berkeley have discovered a connection between adolescent bedtime and young adult academic performance and emotional distress.

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Add Health Study: The High Price of Debt

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers from Northwestern University and McGill University have discovered a connection between household financial debt and poor physical and mental health.

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Genetic Sensitivity to Peer Behaviors: 5HTTLPR, Smoking and Alcohol Consumption

Genetic Sensitivity to Peer Behaviors: 5HTTLPR, Smoking and Alcohol Consumption. Daw J, Shanahan M, Harris KM, Smolen A, Haberstick B, Boardman JD. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 2013;54(1):92-108.

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Add Health Study: Do Sleep-Deprived Adolescents Make Less Healthy Food Choices?

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers who presented their findings at the annual SLEEP 2013 conference have discovered a connection between adolescent sleep patterns and dietary habits.

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Add Health Study: The Impact of Parental Incarceration on the Physical and Mental Health of Young Adults

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered some of the long-term negative physical and mental health effects of parental incarceration on children.

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Add Health Study: Dating Violence in Teen Years Can Have Lasting Impact

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers at Cornell University and Boston University report the negative effect that teen dating violence victimization has on both male and female victims’ health as young adults.

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Health Insurance Access and Counseling Receipt and their Association with Later Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms: New Child Trends Research Brief Released

A new Child Trends brief uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to explore the relationship between counseling and insurance access during adolescence, and reports of depression or suicidality during young adulthood.

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Add Health Study: Happy Teens Grow Up to Be Wealthier Too

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers at University College London and the University of Warwick (England) have discovered that positive affect in adolescence and life satisfaction in early adulthood, predict future earnings.

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Add Health Study: Do We Really Pick Our Friends Based on Genetic Similarities?

Using school, network and genetic data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers at the University of Colorado and Yale University studied the effects of social environment and genetic factors on friendship selection, adding to the growing body of research on the role of genetic homophily in friendship formation. Their results suggest that social context plays a fundamental role in friendship formation, as a social environment can facilitate or restrict the opportunity to select friends with similar genotypes.

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Add Health study: Strict Moms Influence Kids' Friends

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego have found that adolescent drinking and drug use are influenced by the parenting style of their friends’ mothers. Adolescents in social networks that include a friend whose mother practices authoritative parenting face a lower risk of substance abuse than adolescents in social networks that don’t include a friend with an authoritative mother.

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Add Health study: Being overweight years before pregnancy linked to bigger babies

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, UNC researchers have found that women who are overweight or obese years before becoming pregnant deliver babies with a higher birth weight, putting the next generation at a higher risk of obesity-related health outcomes.

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