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Parental Roles Matter in Fostering Strong Relationships between Children and Stepgrandparents

May 04, 2016

Popular television shows such as “Modern Family” and the “Brady Bunch” brought the dynamics of stepfamilies into mainstream pop culture. However, as families become increasingly diverse and complex, defining family membership remains ambiguous. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri’s College of Human Environmental Sciences and Sinclair School of Nursing are shedding new light on what happens within a family when the stepgrandparent had no active role in raising the parent of the stepgrandchild. Their findings indicate that how a parent behaves toward the stepgrandparent determines the relationship between their child and the stepgrandparent.  Full Story
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Children React Physically to Stress from Their Social Networks

28-year study reveals that the social relationships nurtured in childhood may have physiological consequences

May 02, 2016

Research has shown the significance of social relationships in influencing adult human behavior and health; however, little is known about how children’s perception of their social networks correlates with stress and how it may influence development. Now, a University of Missouri research team has determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause. Scientists believe that the quality and size of the social relationships nurtured in childhood may have important physiological consequences for physical and mental health for youth.  Full Story
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