UNL sociologist Lisa Kort-Butler's newly published research studies the characteristics and expectations of prison volunteers, along with their interactions with prison staff and inmates.
In the popular narrative, motherhood among lesbians or bisexual women is usually viewed in one of two ways: non-existent, or seeking evidence of a lesbian baby boom. However, a new study led by UNL's Emily Kazyak suggests that the notion of motherhood is much broader and more complex in the minds of sexual-minority women than those stereotypes allow.
Puerto Rico has one of the highest HIV rates in the United States, primarily from drug users sharing needles. To help prevent HIV infections, UNL sociologist Kirk Dombrowski is using his expertise in studying how people form social connections to explore how drug users' social lives influence the spread of HIV.
Kimberly Tyler, professor of sociology at UNL, will use a text-messaging system to pinpoint which factors could limit substance use among the nearly 3 million American teens and young adults living on the streets.
Birds of a feather flock together: It’s an old saying that is true in many ways. But as the U.S. population becomes more diverse, those we count as our closest friends and confidants are changing as well, a new study by UNL sociologist Jeffrey Smith shows.
Research by UNL's Philip Schwadel has found that younger generations are closing the social class gap between evangelical Protestants and mainline denominations. And in what appears to be an important shift in the U.S. religious landscape, a growing number of younger-generation working-class Americans are not affiliated with any particular religious denomination.
UNL sociologist Les Whitbeck is co-author of a new book designed to inform Native tribes and mental health service providers of the historical framework surrounding Native adolescents’ mental health and substance abuse issues.
As a rising star in population-based research, UNL sociologist Bridget Goosby was one of six scientists from across the United States selected to meet with the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to discuss the importance of continued funding from the institute for population-based research.
Kendra Haag always knew she would go to college. There was never a doubt in her mind. As the first member of her family to pursue higher education, Haag – a native of Hiawatha, Kan., a member of the Kickapoo Tribe and a senior biological sciences and sociology major – has taken advantage of every opportunity at UNL.
A new study from UNL sociologists, including Patricia Wonch Hill, explores why Americans – even those with fertility problems – don’t opt for adoption more often as their route to parenthood.