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Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Retirement

Fewer than half of Americans have calculated how much they need to save for retirement. In 2012, 30 percent of private industry workers with access to a defined contribution plan (such as a 401(k) plan) did not participate. The average American spends 20 years in retirement. “Financial security in retirement doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and commitment and, yes, ... Read More »

Adverse Experiences among Children: What Affect?

Unhappy child

Children who experience major, potentially traumatic events in early childhood have an increased risk of poor social and academic outcomes in adolescence. The effects of these early adverse experiences are also connected with an increased risk of poor lifelong health. A new report from Child Trends shows that the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences varies dramatically across the states. Child ... Read More »

Bullying Incidence Rates: Is this the Whole Picture?

By: Dr. Adrienne Duke, Alabama Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies In a recent article, the state of Alabama was listed as having the12th lowest bullying incident rates in the country. At first glance this appears to be an excellent finding. However, while the numbers appear to be low, researchers, parents, and teachers know that most ... Read More »