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The Political Consequences
of Poor Mental Health

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s mental health has been in decline. At the same time, polarization and division among Americans is on the rise, causing concern about the state of American democracy.

A growing number of studies by IPR political scientist James Druckman and his colleagues suggest a possible relationship between Americans’ mental health problems and the nation’s political health. While they are still early in their investigation of this connection, the researchers believe if the nation’s mental health isn’t taken seriously it could have consequences for democratic stability.

Research News

IPR Research Program Prepares Undergraduates for Careers After College

Over the summer, 41 students participated in IPR's Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants Program (SURA) and contributed to research projects focusing on important social issues like trends in adolescent depression and anxiety and COVID-19 mortality and how efficient early vaccine rollouts were.

Mesmin Destin Becomes First Faculty Director of Student Access and Enrichment

As faculty director of student access and enrichment, IPR social  psychologist Mesmin Destin will leverage his experience as a scholar of inequality and student experiences to help enhance engagement with first-generation and lower-income students at Northwestern.

New Policy Research Brief

The Impact of Vicarious Racism on Mental Health

In an IPR policy brief, developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers and her co-authors investigate how vicarious racism and vigilance about being a target of racial discrimination affect the mental health of Asian and Black Americans, offering key policy takeaways.

Early Care and Education Trends in Chicago’s 47th Ward

IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol and IPR economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach released an IPR rapid research report examining the early care and education market in the 47th Ward on Chicago’s North Side, which covers much of the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods, from 2015–16 to 2021–22.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty examines support for political violence, a two-generation program to improve immigrant parents' English, and a multidisciplinary roadmap for global mental health.

Faculty Insights

"Exposures to inaccurate information are pervasive and if we're not prepared and thinking deeply about it, we can actually have change in how we think and our decision-making, which is a real problem.”

David Rapp
Changes at X Encourage Spread of False Claims,
Especially About Israel-Hamas War

“Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons,” WBEZ Chicago
Working Papers

IPR has 38 working papers in its series for 2023, covering topics such as the connection between the need for chaos and dehumanizing others and support for politically motivated violence, the language acquisition of early 20th-century refugees, and if non-traditional digital trace data and traditional survey data yield similar estimates of cash transfer program impacts. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website. You can sign up to receive notification of our newest working papers here.
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