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Psychologists explain why micro-cheating is the latest infidelity trend everyone's talking about

A subconscious Facebook like may cause more harm than good.<p>Temptation is everywhere – and no, we're not talking about the junk food restaurant down …

Behavior

Labor to vote against amendments to same-sex marriage bill

Labor MPs and senators will all vote against substantive amendments to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill, a move that is likely to extinguish the hopes of Coalition conservatives and the Greens of making changes to the bill.<p>On Tuesday the bill passed its second reading without opposition – the …

Same-sex Marriage
Social Issues

Study Identifies Risk And Protective Factors For Depressive Symptoms In African-American Men

African-American men report an average of eight depressive symptoms in a month, with family support, mastery, self-esteem, chronic stressors and …

Research

Professor Charts Digital Plan to Fight Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — 31 days of reflection brought about by years of suffering, survivorship and study that …

Divorce

Social Workers Can Now Learn Medicare Online and Earn Continuing Education Hours

The Critical Role of Caregivers, and What they Need from Us<p>Published<p>3 months ago<p>on<p>2017/11/01<p>Caring for loved ones who have aged or become disabled is …

A Student Perspective: Social Work and First Responders

It may be rare for a social work student to reflect on an assignment as something inspirational rather than a stressful experience with a deadline, …

Peer-Reviewed

The Long Pathway: Journey to Understanding Mental Health

Written by: Iman, Introduction: Rosie, Billy, Anisah, and Fahim – Haverstock School Journalism Project *Editor’s Note: UK Social Work Helper Staff …

Social Issues

Who Listens When You Lack Power and Privilege?

How do we differentiate who we are from what we are? Do titles really define who we are or what we think about people? Do we not care about who they …

Social Issues

How to Support Foster Children

When you choose to become a foster carer the rewards can be great. Supporting a child through a difficult period in their life, watching them grow …

Social Issues
Snorkeling

Fewer Americans Are Filing for Unemployment Benefits

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength and firming economic …

Economics

How the internet keeps poor people in poor neighborhoods - Vox

These invisible decisions group us digitally — and in real life.<p>In October, ProPublica journalists went to Facebook and bought a housing-related ad.<p>They wanted to expose how Facebook allowed advertisers to discriminate based on race. So they used Facebook’s advertising tools to exclude certain …

Mental illness and poverty: you can't tackle one without the other

A recent report by Lord Richard Layard suggests that “Happiness depends on health and friends, not money”. The conclusions presented argue that the UK government should focus more on providing better healthcare and resources for dealing with mental health issues in a variety of societal contexts, …

Mental Health

Americans overwhelmingly support Bernie Sanders’ economic policies — so how’d we end up here?

Most Americans want single-payer health care, economic justice and action on climate change. That day will come<p>During a CNN town hall held by Sen. Bernie Sanders last Monday, the Vermont senator and progressive icon tried to drive home a point that he has frequently made in the past: There is …

Middle-class

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Why?<p>CHARLOTTE—Shamelle Jackson moved here from Philadelphia, hoping to find work opportunities and better schools for her four children, who range in …

Poorest pay higher taxes than richest, new figures show

The poorest 10 per cent of households in the UK pay a greater proportion of their income in tax than the richest 10 per cent, new analysis has …

Economics

Billionaire Betsy DeVos wants to scrap student debt forgiveness. Surprised?

The plan by the secretary of education represents the Trump administration’s multi-part assault on public education and the non-rich<p>When Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos secretary of education, America’s school-going people worried it was only a matter of time before she brought back debtors’ …

Education

One community garden at a time: how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice

Tanya Fields’ Libertad Urban Farm joins a city-wide movement to redistribute resources to poor communities that are systemically deprived of healthy food<p>For the past three summers, Tanya Fields produced a veritable cornucopia of fruits and vegetables at the Libertad Urban Farm in the South Bronx. …

Agriculture

Trump Loves Old School, Tough-On-Crime Policies. So Criminal Justice Liberals Are Going Local.

What do you do when your progressive vision loses its spotlight from the White House?<p><b>It’s very important</b> to understand that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions don’t actually control everything.<p>That — with nuance added, and with facts to back them up — is the new message of criminal justice liberals who …

University of Pennsylvania

America's Child-Poverty Rate Has Hit a Record Low

It fell thanks to government policies, not the expansion of the economy, researchers found.<p>The economy is nearing full employment. The stock market is at record highs. The expansion keeps continuing. Add to that one more very good piece of economic news: The child-poverty rate fell to a record low …

Income Inequality
United Kingdom

My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain

This summer, Gary Younge took a trip from Maine to Mississippi to find out what has brought the US to this point. From the forgotten poor to desperate addicts, their whiteness is all some of them have left – and that makes fertile ground for the far right<p>Jeff Baxter’s enduring memory, from …

Al Gore

Working past 65? Beware of this Medicare trap that could cost you thousands in taxes

We can say two things for sure about the American workforce and its health insurance. First, more Americans are working past the traditional retirement age of 65. Second, more are taking advantage of employer insurance plans that include tax-exempt Health Savings Accounts.<p>Add these two facts …

Americans who haven't gone to college are way worse off today than 40 years ago

Several decades ago, regular Americans could get by with a decent job and a decent wage with only a high school diploma.<p>But things are very different today.<p>In a note to clients, Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Michelle Meyer and Anna Zhou shared a chart showing trends in real wages broken down by …

Demographics

6 alarming facts about poverty in America that you might not realize are true

Everyone knows that poverty exists, but by the very nature of economic inequality in America, if you’re not living in poverty or close to it, it’s …

The Republican Tax Plan Contains More Middle-Class Pain Than Even Its Critics Are Saying

On the morning of November 16th, a few hours before a vast majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for their party’s tax-reform plan, four Republican congressmen from New York held a press conference to express their displeasure with the bill. “A lot of the numbers we’ve seen …

Income Inequality

Dangerous embrace: When young relationships turn fatal

In December 2011, with a knife pressed to her neck, Daijah Barnes, then 20, buried herself in the pillows of her bed and begged her former boyfriend not to kill her. A cry from their baby, who laid sprawled down by her feet, defused the situation enough to spare her her life and give her time to …

Relationships

This Is What Emotional Abuse Looks Like, And You Deserve Better

<b>You deserve better than emotional abuse.</b><p>We hear this in the abstract, but we don’t always know how abuse looks.<p>We have incredibly bad models for …