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UK prejudice against immigrants amongst lowest in Europe
A new study published in Frontiers in Sociology challenges prevailing attitudes on Brexit, the nature of prejudice, and the social impact of modernization. According to analysis of the largest public European and international surveys of human beliefs and values, prejudice against immigrants in the UK is rare and comparable with that in other wealthy EU and Anglophone nations. (2019-02-26)

Religion shown to steer adolescents away from pornography
Young people who attend religious services less likely to view porn. Sociology researchers Kyler Rasmussen and Alex Bierman examine impact of religion on pornography consumption habits. (2016-07-05)

Flexibility key to sports for Muslim women: Study
Adopting a more flexible dress code in school sports programs could encourage more young Muslim women to participate in recreational activities, suggests a new study. (2002-11-11)

The internet may be secular, but religious americans aren't worried, baylor survey shows
Despite the pervasive use of the Internet in everyday life, most Americans report they never use it to find religious or spiritual content, and most never use it to share religious views, according to the Baylor Religion Survey. (2017-09-14)

Pediatric advance care planning linked to better understanding of child's end-of-life care choices
The more that families understand the end-of-life treatment preferences expressed by adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the less likely these youth are to suffer HIV-related symptoms compared with youths whose families do not understand their end-of-life care goals, according to a single-blinded, randomized study published online Oct. 19, 2018, in Pediatrics. (2018-10-19)

New social services for the elderly in modern Russian non-state social work
A team of Lobachevsky University researchers led by Professor Zaretkhan Saralieva is exploring the potential of social services for the elderly by public and religious organizations of modern Russia. Their work is focused on the transformation of social work with the elderly during the last four years in the context of contractual relations in social services and participation of socially-oriented non-profit organizations in the competition for state subsidies. (2018-06-22)

Study: Commitment to democratic values predict climate change concern
Commitment to democratic values is the strongest predictor of climate change concern globally, Georgia State University faculty have found in a new study comparing climate change attitudes across 36 countries, including the US. (2018-09-20)

Small numbers of churches embrace same-sex marriage
Researchers at the Universities of York and Leeds have found that the majority of places of worship that permit same-sex marriage carry out small numbers of ceremonies, with just over half having actually married a couple. (2017-11-27)

Internet use may prompt religious 'tinkering' instead of belief in only one religion
Internet use may decrease the likelihood of a person affiliating with a religious tradition or believing that only one religion is true, according to a Baylor University study. The research is published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (2018-01-16)

Video games depict religion as violent, problematized, MU study shows
Greg Perreault, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found that the many newer-generation video games equate religion with violence in the game narratives. (2012-02-27)

Research: Religion affects consumer choices on specialty foods
People with strong religious beliefs are more likely to buy fat-free, sugar-free or gluten-free foods than natural or organic foods, according to new research that could influence the marketing of those specialty food products. (2019-02-04)

Disclosure of religious identity, health care practices on Catholic hospital websites
Some patients seek care at Catholic hospitals but others may not because aspects of reproductive and end-of-life care can be limited by ethical and religious directives for Catholic hospitals based on the church's moral teachings. This research letter analyzed the websites of 646 hospitals listed in the Catholic Health Care Directory to see whether the hospitals described their religious identity and associated health care practices. (2019-03-15)

Conversion 'therapy' begins at home
A study by the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at San Francisco State University has found that attempts by parents and religious leaders or therapists to change the sexual orientation of LGBT adolescents ('conversion therapy') contribute to multiple health and adjustment problems in young adulthood. These include higher levels of depression and suicidal behavior, as well as lower levels of self-esteem, social support and life satisfaction, and lower levels of education and income in young adulthood. (2018-11-08)

What should doctors do when parents request 'second best' treatments for their children?
What should doctors do when parents request treatments for their children that are less effective than those recommended? In the Journal of Medical Ethics today, leading experts explore the boundaries of parental choice and identify thresholds of acceptable levels of harm and cost. (2017-09-25)

Why parents should teach their kids to give
Teaching children how to appropriately give money away can help them develop valuable financial skills such as budgeting, and it may also contribute to their well-being later in life, according to a study led by the University of Arizona. (2019-05-28)

Injuries and loss of life boost religious faith after disasters
Weather-related disasters can make people more religious but it depends on the toll they inflict, suggests new UBC research. If a disaster injures a significant number of people, it can strengthen religiosity among those who are already religious. But if a disaster inflicts mostly economic damage, the opposite effect applies. (2018-06-05)

Psychology paper authors range from Dr. Phil to the Dalai Lama
Steven Jay Lynn, distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Psychological Clinic at Binghamton University, and Scott O. Lilienfeld of Emory University examined 78 authors or co-authors that may be surprising to the psychology world. Their new paper focuses on these unconventional authors who contributed to esteemed books of psychology research that audiences might find surprising. (2016-10-17)

Position statement opposing sex/porn addiction model
Following AASECT's position statement on sex addiction, CPS, NCSF, and TASHRA publish their collective position opposing the sex/porn addiction model. This is based on current and reliable scientific data. (2017-11-07)

Rising religious 'none' rates linked to conservative Christian politics
A study published in April in the journal Political Research Quarterly examined states that enacted policies against same-sex marriage, and found a correlation between these activities and a rising number of people who do not affiliate with a specific religion. (2018-05-10)

Experiences of 'ultimate reality' or 'God' confer lasting benefits to mental health
In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, Johns Hopkins researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic. (2019-04-23)

Primary care physicians nationwide face clinical ethical conflicts with religious hospitals
Nearly 1 in 10 primary care physicians has experienced a conflict with a religiously-affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care. Most feel that when clinical judgment conflicts with religious hospital policy, physicians should refer patients to another institution. (2010-04-09)

When the Syrians bathed like the Romans
Classical scholars from M√ľnster explore rare Roman bathing facility and magnificent early Christian basilica in southeastern Turkey -- Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence make new archaeological findings in the ancient town of Doliche -- northern Syrian town flourished across epochs and religions -- Roman and Christian influences can be proven (2018-10-30)

Europeans' understanding of science, evolution, more advanced than Americans
When it comes to scientific literacy, Americans aren't nearly as evolved as they may think. In fact, only about 40 percent of American adults accept the basic idea of evolution, a figure much lower than any European country. (2007-02-15)

How religion can heighten or help with financial stress
Researchers found that some people experience financial stress due, in part, to their religion's demands on their time and money. Yet, others feel their religious involvement and support of their church community reduces their financial stress. (2019-11-18)

Highly religious Americans are less likely to see conflict between faith and science
Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science. (2015-10-22)

Research reveals water management and climate change in ancient Maya city
The findings inside a cave and a key cultural and religious center for the ancient Maya will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York. (2012-02-21)

Adolescents whose religious mothers die are likely to be less religious as young adults
Bereaved children whose late mothers were very religious are likely to be less religious after their mother dies than youths who did not suffer a maternal loss. Conversely, children whose late mothers placed no importance on religion are more likely to become religious -- especially when it comes to praying often. (2018-09-11)

Demand for sexual services in Britain: does sex education matter?
By analysing survey data from 1999-2001 and 2010-2012, researchers have estimated the demand for commercial sex among British men. (2018-10-03)

Many US women don't realize they're seeking reproductive care at Catholic hospitals
More than one-third of women who go to a Catholic hospital for reproductive care aren't aware they're seeking obstetrical and gynecological care at a facility that may have limited health care options due to its religious affiliation. (2018-06-05)

Keeping active in middle age may be tied to lower risk of dementia
Keeping physically and mentally active in middle age may be tied to a lower risk of developing dementia decades later, according to a study published in the February 20, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Mental activities included reading, playing instruments, singing in a choir, visiting concerts, gardening, doing needlework or attending religious services. (2019-02-20)

Polarization for controversial scientific issues increases with more education
A commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education. However, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that the opposite is true: people's beliefs about scientific topics that are associated with their political or religious identities actually become increasingly polarized with education, as measured by years in school, science classes, and science literacy. (2017-08-21)

Oversimplifying beliefs about causes of mental illness may hinder social acceptance
Belief that mental illness is biological has increased among both health experts and the public in recent years. But campaigns to treat it as a disease and remove stigma may be lacking because other factors, such as bad character and upbringing, still are viewed as playing a role, a Baylor University study has found. (2018-01-09)

Students' perceptions of Earth's age influence acceptance of human evolution, says U of Minn. study
High school and college students who understand the geological age of the Earth (4.5 billion years) are much more likely to understand and accept human evolution, according to a University of Minnesota study published in the March issue of the journal Evolution. (2010-03-10)

When Russian teenagers start drinking
High school students intending to pursue vocational education consume alcohol more often than their peers who are planning to go to universities. These findings come from a survey of 1,000 Russian high school students that was carried out as part of a joint research project by scholars from Higher School of Economics and New York University. (2017-08-17)

Former inmates need social supports to maintain mental health, Rutgers study says
Men released from prison who receive social, community and spiritual support have better mental health, according to a study by researchers at Rutgers School of Public Health. (2019-03-19)

Sociologists study the impact religion has on child development
Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, researchers found that religion can be a mixed blessing for children as they get older. (2019-02-07)

Sex Ed before college can prevent student experiences of sexual assault
Students who receive sexuality education, including refusal skills training, before college matriculation are at lower risk of experiencing sexual assault during college. New research from Columbia University's Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) project suggests that sexuality education during high school may have a lasting and protective effect for adolescents. (2018-11-15)

Study links social isolation to higher risk of death
A large American Cancer Society study links social isolation with a higher risk of death from all causes combined and heart disease for all races studied, and with increased cancer mortality in white men and women. (2018-11-16)

Rise of religion pre-dates Incas at Lake Titicaca
An ancient group of people made ritual offerings to supernatural deities near the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, about 500 years earlier than the Incas, according to an international team of researchers. The team's findings suggest that organized religion emerged much earlier in the region than previously thought. (2019-04-01)

Religious participation may serve to strengthen social bonds
By analyzing how peoples' religious practice correlates with their social support networks in two villages in South India, Eleanor Power of the Santa Fe Institute proposes an evolutionary benefit to religious participation. (2017-03-06)

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