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World Religion News: Improved Mental Health Found through Greater Spiritual Awareness
[7/28/2015]
July 17, 2015
Article about celebrities who have experienced depression cites Wave III of the Baylor Religion Survey and quotes Paul Froese, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Froese, part of the research team that studied the connection between mental health and spirituality, said that respondents who have strong beliefs about their relationship with God have significantly better mental health, and that those who attend religious services regularly have the lowest reported number of mental health issues. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco churches diverge, evolve in views of same-sex relationships
[7/14/2015]
July 11, 2015
Article cites a nationwide study by Baylor sociologists in 2013, who found that a quiet but significant segment of evangelical Christians are “ambivalent” about gays and lesbians, considering their behavior sinful while remaining friendly to them and not opposing same-sex unions. Using the Baylor Religion Survey, administered by Gallup, sociologists Lydia Bean and Brandon Martinez gathered survey data on 467 evangelicals. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the research nationally in 2013. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Inside Higher Ed: Celebrations, not Tests
[7/10/2015]
July 10, 2015
Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is reframing the way students and faculty members approach assessments by changing the environment in which students are evaluated. He has relabeled quizzes and exams as “learning checks” and “learning celebrations.” The approach — with balloons, streamers, music and assessment questions featuring classmates — seems to be working, he says. Compared to three semesters of students taking traditional exams to those who take the celebrations, the average score of the assessments increased by nearly two points, which Dougherty partially attributes to the alternative ambiance. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Science Newsline: Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently Than Others Do, Baylor Study Shows
[7/9/2015]
June 30, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: People Who Go to Large Churches Tend to Discount Discrimination as Responsible for Racial Inequality
[7/8/2015]
July 7, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Black Christian News: Study Shows Church Size Matters When It Comes to Views on Racial Inequality
[7/7/2015]
July 6, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored the study, which was published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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The Baptist Standard: Church size matters regarding views on racial inequality, study shows
[7/6/2015]
July 3, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Science Daily: Tests vs. Fests: Students in 'learning celebrations' rather than exams scored higher and enjoyed themselves
[7/1/2015]
June 25, 2015
Baylor sociologist Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., who reshaped "test day" in his class by transforming it with balloons, streamers, treats and music, found that students in "learning celebrations" scored higher than students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Dougherty, associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, also wrote multiple-choice questions that featured students. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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Brightsurf: Huge congregations view racial inequality differently than others do, Baylor study shows
[7/1/2015]
June 30, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
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