In the Media

January 31, 2014
NPR News' Delaware affiliate WDDE-FM quoted William Vega of the USC School of Social Work about the role of gender in mental health treatment within the Latin culture. “The majority of women will see a doctor because of reproductive health,” he says. “But they are not going to the doctor for mental issues so it’s up to the primary care provider to recognize it.”

New York Times
January 31, 2014
The New York Times featured "Families and Faith," a book by Vern Bengston of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues, which includes research from a study he began in 1969. Bengtson interviewed 350 families regularly until 2008, speaking with respondents born in years spanning 1878 to 1989. The project has yielded more than 200 articles, often focused on aging and intergenerational conflict. "Parent-youth similarity in religiosity has not declined," Bengtson wrote.

San Bernardino Sun
January 27, 2014
San Bernardino Sun quoted Shane'a Thomas of the USC School of Social Work about states legalizing same-sex marriage. “I think they’re going to see a big financial benefit,” she said. “This is a business — it’s all about money in the end.”

Wall Street Journal
January 26, 2014
The Wall Street Journal featured Vern Bengston’s book Families and Faith, which draws on a four-decade study of 350 families to show how faith is passed down from generation to generation. The book review noted one revelation was that grandparents have more influence than previously thought because they live longer than they used to and communicate more widely with tools like Skype, making it easier for grandparents and grandchildren to know each other and for a longer time.

Newtown Bee
January 24, 2014
Newtown Bee mentioned Marleen Wong of the USC School of Social Work is among the experts scheduled to present to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission about behavioral health and crisis counseling services.

Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times quoted USC School of Social Work Dean Marilyn Flynn about a proposed blueprint to oversee child welfare in Los Angeles County. She said the panel will probably propose changes in the way the county contracts with private foster care agencies, and argues that payments should be tied to improvements made in foster children's lives, not just the number of days they remain with a foster family or in group homes. The story noted Flynn is a member of a special county commission on child welfare.

Military Times
January 17, 2014
Military Times featured research by Tamika Gilreath of the USC School of Social Work and colleagues finding that middle and high school students of military parents are twice as likely to carry guns and more likely to be victims of physical violence. “It is possible that having a military-connected family member allows youth access to weapons in the home,” she said. “Multiple deployments may contribute to increased weapon carrying if a parent is deployed and parental monitoring declines in the absence of the other parent.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 13, 2014
The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted Anthony Hassan of the USC School of Social Work and efforts to build a virtual patient for the U.S. Department of Defense to help train mental health professionals. The article mentioned the school’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families is developing the patient – named Staff Sgt. Alamar Castilla – who currently can respond to 2,000 questions with 900 different responses. Hassan said the goal is to quadruple those figures.

Your Mark on the World
January 7, 2014
Your Mark on the World blog featured a guest post from the USC School of Social Work’s Social Work License Map team about its new resource called Inspired Advocates, which is dedicated to creating awareness and community for social justice sites from around the world.

Deseret News
December 26, 2013
Deseret News featured Vern Bengston and his research into how and why religion is passed down from one generation to the next."There is a strength about religion that’s not going to go away especially among youth. There is a life course trajectory by which a lot of young people leave religion and then come back," he said, referring to his findings published in the book Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations. "My hypothesis is that in the next decade or two you will see a resurgence in church attendance as baby boomers retire and return to church."

Your Health
December 23, 2013
Alla Branzburg, an adjunct professor at the USC School of Social Work, was quoted in the Tallahassee Democrats "Your Health" magazine about the holiday blues. "If you cannot have a Christmas or Thanksgiving with your family on that particular day, try and have it on another day. Change the rules. Make a new tradition and tell yourself every day is a holiday," she said.

Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2013
Wall Street Journal quoted Lawrence Palinkas about the "Antarctic stare," a daze that comes over scientists working in remote locations in Antarctica. The article mentioned Palinkasstudies the ways humans adapt to extreme environments.

Christian Century
December 20, 2013
Christian Century featured a Q&A with Vern Bengstonand his longitudinal study of generations, a multidisciplinary investigation of families, aging and social change.“Mormons, Jews and evangelical Christians have the highest rate of transmission. They have the institutional support and reinforcement outside the family that helps in passing on their religious traditions,” he said. “The best example, of course, is Mormons. For Mormons, religion and family are intertwined—they are almost one and the same.”

December 15, 2013
KoreAm featured the Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL), mentioning its summit in October that attracted 150 attendees – working professionals in a variety of career fields— to help them navigate the “what’s next” question for themselves and for the Korean-American community at large.

Education Week
December 12, 2013
Education Week ran an op-ed by Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work about the Sandy Hook shooting and creating safety in schools. "We should be ramping up mental-health services in schools—both by increasing the number of school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, nurses, and other professionals on staff, as well as by partnering with community agencies," Astor wrote.

KPCC Southern California Public Radio
December 12, 2013
KPCC Southern California Public Radio featured the Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL), noting theleadership incubator has turned out more than 150 fellows, which have come from the worlds of finance, technologyand law.The article also mentioned the program, founded by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership, gives members intensive training sessions and allows for broad networking among Korean-Americans.

Los Angeles Times
December 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times mentioned an anonymous donor has gifted $20 million to help fund student scholarships at USC, with $6 million targeted for the School of Social Work. "Their extraordinary gift will bring the dream of a USC education to deserving students for many generations to come," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. KCRW-FM,City News Service and LA Observed also covered the story.

Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2013
Los Angeles Times featured USC School of Social Work online master’s student Quinetta Rascoe, who is working to sign people up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina. "I don't feel that the law was designed for people to go sign up on a whim," she said. "It takes education."

Huffington Post
December 2, 2013
The Huffington Post ran a column by Ron Avi Astor of the USC School of Social Work about research by him and Julie Cederbaum, also of the School of Social Work, finding that teens with family in the military are at higher risk of suicide if those relatives are deployed multiple times. "There should be nothing automatic about having to choose between combat readiness and services that could help depressed military students from committing suicide," Astor wrote.