Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, Summer

Apparel Designers Develop Clothing to Fit Older Women
Clothes come in special sizes for wide women, short women, and young women, but none are specially tailored for older women, whose body changes can include a forward head and neck angle, a forward shoulder roll, back curvature, an increase in girth,...
But Is It Medicine?
The first wave of female baby boomers is about to turn fifty. Many are turning to alternative medicine to deal with the symptoms of menopause. Why? Associate Professor Andrea Parrot investigates this latest approach to women's health care. Shining needles,...
Can a Tax Put the Axe on Drinking?
Alcohol abuse claims 100,000 lives and costs the nation's economy more than $98 billion every year. Associate Professor Donald Kenkel says a fivefold increase in the tax on alcoholic beverages - almost doubling current prices - would reduce the economic...
Children from Divorced Families Less Likely to Attend Selective Colleges
Children who do not consistently live with two biological parents are only half as likely to ever attend a selective college, even after researchers take into account factors such as income and parent education, according to a new Cornell University...
Growing Up Poor
One of the beliefs about growing up in America is that anyone can accomplish anything they set out to do, regardless of the obstacles that stand in their way. But research is showing that for children growing up in poverty, the reality is not quite as...
Kids Develop Social Competence despite Poverty
Despite all the stresses financial hardship brings, many poor children are doing very well. What is happening in the families of those children to account for such success? There's something special in here," graduate student Erika Blackburn tells three-year-old...
Maltreated Children Move More Often, Do Worse in School
A major reason maltreated children do worse in school than nonmaltreated children may be because their families move much more frequently and they change schools often, according to a recent award-winning study. The study found that during their school...
Mandated Managed Care Will Change Health Care Structure
As the Medicaid system moves into a managed care model on a state-by-state basis, the entire medical structure in this country will change dramatically and the potential consequences "could be monumental," warns John Kuder, associate professor of health...
Marital Tension Spreads to Kids
On days that parents bicker, both mothers and fathers are much more likely to also have tense days with their children, according to a new Cornell University/University of Arizona study. And although mothers, in general, have conflicts with their children...
Nursing Assistant Shortages May Be Crisis for Nursing Homes
The shrinking population of nursing assistants is a "hidden time bomb" and an impending crisis that will implode the entire nursing home system in the next few decades if drastic measures aren't taken soon, says Karl Pillemer, professor of human development...
Out to Pasture? No Way!
For decades, retirement in the United States has meant a pat on the back, a gold watch, and a dozen or so years of golf, gardening, and increasingly frequent visits to the doctor. But retirees - and therefore retirement - are changing. People are leaving...