Category: Daniel Miller

Why ‘Family Bonding’ During The Holidays Actually Matters, According To Science

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Miller, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the official “Holiday Season,” a time of year that is focused on family as well as fun. But in recent years, smartphones and other technologies are growing increasingly common, often detracting from the time we spend with the people we love…

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“Parent-adolescent communication accounts for some of the relationship between family meals and adolescent mental health.”

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Home-cooked family dinner isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

September 19th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, School of Social Work, Washington Post 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

This was our family dinner last week: I poured some leftover soup into a mug, heated it in the microwave, tossed a $20 bill at my kids and told them to order pizza or Thai food, and raced out the door to get to an evening event, drinking the soup in the car…

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Debunking the myth of the family dinner

September 12th, 2014 in 2014, Daniel Miller, Globe and Mail, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

Over the years, it’s become accepted wisdom that home-cooked family meals make for happier and healthier children. Studies suggests those casseroles and pot roasts protect kids from obesity, decrease the likelihood of drug use, depression and delinquency, and boost academic performance…

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“In our most careful statistical models, we didn’t find any relationship between family meal frequency in any of those outcomes.”

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Research Shows Family Dinners Have ‘Insignificant Effect’ on Teen Drug Use

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

Among the many benefits attributed to the family dinner, the prevention of drug abuse is one that has been researched the most…

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“They might not be important in the way we typically talk about them,” said Dr. Miller. “But that doesn’t mean they don’t have all sorts of benefits.”

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What Family Dinners Can and Can’t Do for Teens

December 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, School of Social Work, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

My print column this week — my last as the Numbers Guy for The Wall Street Journal — looks back at one of my first, about the importance of family dinners…

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“They use good survey methodology. They’re not subject to any kind of expert review.”

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Each family dinner adds up to benefits for adolescents

March 24th, 2013 in 2013, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Social Work, USA Today 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

Parents have heard it for years: Family dinners help kids avoid risky behaviors and may even help them in school…

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“Family meals might just be part of a whole lot of activities that families engage in that are good for their kids. It might look like it’s family meals that matter.”

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Importance of Family Meals Questioned

October 9th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Miller, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

There’s no evidence to support the widely held belief that sharing family meals improves children’s school performance or reduces their risk of behavior problems, a new study says…

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Family Dinner Benefits: Do Meals Together Really Make A Difference For Children? (POLL)

September 26th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Miller, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

Sunday dinners are a hallmark of black life…

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Do family meals really make a difference for child academics or behavior?

September 24th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

A shared meal has consistently been valued for its social and health benefits – it’s recognized as a door to academic excellence and as the ceremonial event that helps cement family relationships, no matter how you define “family.”…

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Are family dinners as important as they used to be?

August 31st, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Miller, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Daniel Miller, School of Social Work

New research shows family meals have no bearing on a child’s grades or behavior. Are family dinners as important as they used to be?…

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