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SPSSI and Social Psychology in the News

Are imaginary social norms increasing school violence?
How can we affect social norms to influence school violence?  (Psychology Today).

Psychologists launch bare-all research initiative
SPSSI's Brian Nosek aims to make psychological research more transparent (Science).

Kids with low self-esteem: The parental praise paradox
How much should you praise your kids?  Researchers, including SPSSI's Brad Bushman, investigate (Wired).

APA survey finds U.S. employers unresponsive to employee needs
American Psychological Association releases report on workplace stress (Press release).

New moms say countering stereotypes can add to workplace stress
ABC reports on implications for new mothers in APA workplace stress report.

Violence Against Women Act shines a light on same-sex abuse
CNN highlights VAWA's application to same-sex relationships.

How the demographic shift could hurt Democrats, too
What effect will increased intergroup contact have in the U.S.?  (Washington Post)

Why good deeds can cause moral backsliding
How can good deeds cause us to behave worse?  (Live Science).

On the Hill: News from the US Congress

March 18, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "How comprehensive immigration reform should address the needs of women and families." View the hearing here.

March, 14 2013: H.R. 1177, To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect more victims of domestic violence by preventing their abusers from possessing or receiving firearms, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 14, 2013: S. 150, to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.  Reported by Comittee.  Read more here.

March 13, 2013: H.R. 890, Preserving work requirements for welfare programs act of 2013.  Passed by the House.  Read more here.

March 13, 2013 H.R. 1136, To amend the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 13, 2013, S. 548, To amend title 10, United States code, to improve and enhance the capabilities of the Armed Forces to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment in the Amed Forces, and for other purposes.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 12, 2013: H.R. 2091, To implement equal protection under the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 12, 2013: S. 374, To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.  Reported by Committee.  Read more here.

March 7, 2013: S. Res 69, A resolution calling for the protections of religious minority rights and freedoms in the Arab world.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 6, 2013: H.R. 987, To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through December 31, 2013.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 5, 2013: S. 464, To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article 1, section 8, of the Constitution.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 5, 2013: H.R. 951, To promote the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women through their increased participation in high-wage, high-demand occupations where they currently represent 25 percent or less of the workforce.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 5, 2013: S.J. Res. 10, A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 4, 2013: S. 437, To authorize the Department of Housing and Urban Development to transform neighborhoods of extreme poverty into sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to economic opportunities, by revitalizing severely distressed housing, and investing and leveraging investments in well-functioning services, education opportunities, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.  Referred to Committee.  Read more here.

March 4, 2013: S. 443, To increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking.  Reported by Committee.  Read more here.

Further Resources

SPSSI fact sheets, policy statements, and events

SPSSI Congressional briefing on the Violence Against Women Act

SPSSI call for increased research on gun violence

SPSSI policy summary on homelessness prevention among persons with serious mental illness

Other Policy Resources

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin