College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between Feb.23 and March 2, 2015
On Sunday night, as J.K. Simmons accepted his first Oscar for best supporting actor, the Whiplash actor reminded viewers that it's our parents who we have to thank for our greatest achievements. And that we should call them.
As it turns out, Simmons is right on the money: Calling our parents may be the best way to make our parent-kid relationships great. Studies have shown that spending those few extra minutes a week to contact the people who raised us can do wonders for the health of each individual's relationship.
A 2014 study from the University of Kansas examined the relationships and communication patterns between emerging adults and their parents. Surveying 367 adults ages 18 to 29, the study found that "communication competency," or how effectively individuals got their point across, played the largest role in determining relationship satisfaction between adult kids and their parents. In other words, it really pays to call Mom.
Yes, even texting works: While Simmons' "Don't text, don't email" motto may have something to it, the study determined that the child-parent relationships that experienced the most satisfaction (on the end of the children) were those that used three or more methods to keep in touch. Facebook, email, texting, Snapchat, the good old landline — any combo can work.
Communication studies doctoral student Jennifer Schon, who authored the study, told the Chicago Tribune that it may be tough to get parents to embrace new technologies. "They don't see the point in them, or they seem like a lot of trouble," she said. "But this study shows while it might take some work and learning, it would be worth it in the end if you are trying to have a good relationship with your adult child."
Additional media coverage includes:
- KU project explores black writers with Kansas ties - LJWorld
- KU Theater Building Houses Oscar Treasure - KPR
- KU monarch butterfly emerges in space - LJWorld
- KU professor blogging from Iraq - LJWorld
- KU professor on PBS tonight - LJWorld
- KU researchers determine link between flirting styles and attraction - University Daily Kansan
- Between New York City and Kansas, theatre professor finds joy in teaching - University Daily Kansan
- Are gardeners doing monarchs more harm than good by planting Mexican milkweed? - Dallas Morning News
- Education linked to activity levels during the week - WSJV
- 'Destination: Planet Negro!' to premiere in NYC - Topeka Capital Journal
- KU professor creating digital app to interpret black teen's 1955 murder - LJWorld
- Visiting professor in history lectures on conservation and 'shrinking earth' - Stillwater Gazette
- Money means power, even for Shi'a women - Houston Chronicle
- Herbicides play a role in shrinking butterfly population - Indiana Gazette
- Crop herbicides play role in shrinking monarch butterfly population; agribusiness pledges help - Star Tribune
- Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population - Denver Post
- Herbicides play role in shrinking monarch population - Daily Herald
- Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population - WFLD Fox Chicago
- Cafe Castellano -- Spanish language conversation table - Her Campus
- Traffic concepts such as crisscross overpasses may annoy drivers, but experts say they work - Kansas City Star
- “A Raisin in the Sun” to open this weekend – University Daily Kansan
- University debate team qualifies for first round of national tournament – University Daily Kansan