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Thursday Aug 25

Values and Community

Higher Powers

Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:52

Religious diversity in Congress reflects changing profile of U.S. population.

The unprecedented religious diversity of those serving in the new 113th Congress is a reflection of changing U.S. demographics, say experts at Pew Research who examined the religious profiles. Citing three new developments—including the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber, and the first member to identify her religion as “none”—experts say that these changes reflect national trends.

“With growing numbers of people from religions other than Christianity and Judaism we are bound to see more elected representatives from these different groups,” says Sean D. Foreman, PhD, professor of associate professor of political science at Barry University and author of The Roads to Congress 2010  and the forthcoming The Roads to Congress 2012.


Losing Our Religion?

Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:52

The number of non-affiliated, non-religious Americans at all-time high.

An increasing number of Americans do not identify with any particular religion, and the majority of unaffiliated are not seeking to follow any specific theology, says a Pew study examining Americans and religion in the U.S.


At-Risk Nation

Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:52

U.S. Census announces new guidelines for poverty; Native Americans particularly at risk.


Expert Q&A


Teri Cardwell, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, a social worker of Cherokee and Shawnee ancestry recently discussed the plight of Native Americans in light of the recent re-assessment of poverty in the United States by the U.S. Census. Cardwell is also on the Board of Directors at the National Association of Social Workers.



Out and Online

Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:52

 The LGBT community has a stronger online presence than heterosexuals on blogs, social networking.  

Gays and lesbians are more likely to read online blogs than their heterosexual counterparts, a poll from Harris Interactive states. While more than half (54 percent) of gays and lesbians report regularly reading blogs, for example, fewer heterosexuals (40 percent) do so. Over the last three years, Harris notes, numbers of gays and lesbians who have frequented online blogs have increased, with slightly more than half (51 percent) doing so in March 2008, and less than a third (32 percent) in November 2006.


Family Obstacle Course

Thursday, 25 August 2016 09:52

Level of materialism predicts whether parents view family as an obstacle to work goals.   

Materialistic people may be more likely to view their families as an obstacle to work than their less acquisitive peers, says a study from Temple University. The study, led by assistant professor Mark Promislo and colleagues John Deckop, Robert Giacalone and Carole Jurkiewicz, examined the relationship between materialism and work-family conflict, evaluating the attitudes of 274 people via questionnaire. Using two questionnaires—one to assess their perception of how much their families obstruct their work goals, and one measuring their levels of materialism—researchers found a relationship between the two.




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