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Publications from 2015

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Limited Access to AP Courses for Students in Smaller and More Isolated Rural School Districts, Douglas J. Gagnon and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Many Eligible Children Don’t Participate in School Nutrition Programs; Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Improve, Jessica A. Carson

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Migration Trends Shifted in 2014: Also Record Deaths and Continuing Low Fertility, Kenneth M. Johnson

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Official Poverty Statistics Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors A Comparison of Maine to the Nation An, Andrew P. Schaefer and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Oral Health Care Access in New Hampshire, Eleanor M. Jaffee, Joan Widmer, and Lisa Speropolous

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Rates of SNAP Receipt Stabilize or Drop in All Regions for First Time Since Great Recession, Jessica A. Carson and Paul Anskat

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Red Rural, Blue Rural; Rural Does Not Always Equal Republican, Dante J. Scala and Kenneth M. Johnson

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Rural Adolescents Are More Likely Than Their Urban Peers to Abuse Prescription Painkillers, Shannon M. Monnat and Khary K. Rigg

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SCALING U.S. COMMUNITY INVESTING THE INVESTOR-PRODUCT INTERFACE, Michael E. Swack and Eric Hangen

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Should I Say Something? Dating and Sexual Aggression Bystander Intervention Among High School Youth, Katie Edwards, Robert P. Eckstein, and Kara Anne Rodenhizer-Stampfli

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Strategies to Strengthen Youth Leadership and Youth Participation Opportunities in Central Appalachia, Rebecca O'Doherty, Ada Smith, Ben Spangler, Elandria Williams, and Katie Richards-Schuster

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Trump and Sanders Supporters Differ Sharply on Key Scientific Fact, Lawrence C. Hamilton

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Why Do the Children Flee? Public Security and Policing Practices in Central America, Mary Fran T. Malone

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Women As Economic Providers: Dual-Earner Families Thrive As Women's Earings Rise, Kristin Smith

Publications from 2014

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Cause for Optimism? Child Poverty Declines for the First Time Since Before the Great Recession, Marybeth J. Mattingly, Jessica A. Carson, and Andrew P. Schaefer

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Do You Trust Scientists About the Environment?, Lawrence C. Hamilton

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Families Continue to Rely on Wives As Breadwinners Post-Recession, Kristin Smith and Andrew P. Schaefer

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Forest management and wildfire risk in inland northwest, Joel N. Hartter, Forrest R. Stevens, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Paul T. Oester, Russell G. Congalton, Mark J. Ducey, and Morgan A. Crowley

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Health Insurance Among Young Adults Rebounds Post Recession: More Become Dependents on a Parent's Plan After ACA Extends Coverage to Adult Children, Michael J. Staley and Jessica A. Carson

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Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire, Sally Ward, Justin R. Young, and Curt D. Grimm

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Intimate partner violence among LGBTQ+ college students, Katie Edwards and Kateryna Sylaska

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Key Findings and Recommendations from the Coös Youth Study: Research from the First Half of the Study, Michael S. Staunton and Eleanor M. Jaffee

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Levels of Household Chaos Tied to Quality of Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Coös County, New Hampshire, Corinna J. Tucker

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New Population Projections Reflect Slower Growth and Increasing Diversity, Kenneth M. Johnson

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Proposed EITC Expansion Would Increase Eligibility and Dollars for Rural and Urban “Childless” Workers, Jessica A. Carson and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Public Insurance Drove Overall Coverage Growth Among Children in 2012, Michael J. Staley

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Related Foster Parents Less Likely to Receive Support Services Compared With Nonrelative Foster Parents, Wendy A. Walsh and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Restraint and Seclusion of Students With a Disability Continue to Be Common in Some School Districts Patterns Remain Relatively Consistent Despite Recent Policy Changes, Douglas J. Gagnon, Marybeth J. Mattingly, and Vincent J. Connelly

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Social Connections, Safety, and Local Environment in Three Manchester, New Hampshire, Neighborhoods Survey of Residents’ Perceptions, Justin R. Young

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The Hidden Cost of the Recession: Two Million Fewer Births and Still Counting, Kenneth M. Johnson

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The importance of outdoor activity and place attachment to adolescent development in Coös County, New Hampshire, Jayson Seaman and Sean R. McLaughlin

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The Increasing Diversity of America's Youth, Kenneth M. Johnson, Andrew P. Schaefer, Daniel T. Lichter, and Luke T. Rogers

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The long-term unemployed in the wake of the Great Recession, Andrew P. Schaefer

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Understanding Connections Between Rural Communities and Family Well-Being, Cynthia Fletcher

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Walking builds community cohesion: Survey of two New Hampshire communities looks at social capital and walkability, Shannon H. Rogers, Kevin H. Gardner, and Cynthia H. Carlson

Publications from 2013

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2012 National child poverty rate stagnates at 22.6 percent, Marybeth J. Mattingly, Jessica A. Carson, and Andrew P. Schaefer

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2012 New Hampshire Civic Health Index, Bruce L. Mallory and Quixada Moore-Vissing

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Age and lifecycle patterns driving U.S. migration shifts, Kenneth M. Johnson, Richelle Winkler, and Luke T. Rogers

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Child care subsidies critical for low-income families amid rising child care expenses, Kristin Smith and Nicholas Adams

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Comparing teen substance use in northern New Hampshire to rural use nationwide, Karen T. Van Gundy

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Coös youth with mentors more likely to perceive future success, Kent Scovill and Corinna J. Tucker

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Deaths Exceed Births in Record Number of U.S. Counties, Kenneth M. Johnson

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Granite staters weigh in on renewable energy versus drilling: Environmental quality of life ranks high across party lines, Lawrence C. Hamilton and Cameron P. Wake

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Informal kinship care most common out-of-home placement after an investigation of child maltreatment, Wendy A. Walsh

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Mental health among northern New Hampshire young adults: depression and substance problems higher than nationwide, Karen T. Van Gundy

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Middle-skill jobs remain more common among rural workers, Justin R. Young

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New Hampshire Children in Need of Services: Impacts of 2011 Legislative Changes to CHINS, Lisa Speropolous and Barbara Wauchope

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Psychotropic medication use among children in the child welfare system, Wendy A. Walsh and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Recent data show continued growth in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use, Jessica A. Carson and William W. Meub

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Record number of children covered by health insurance in 2011, Michael J. Staley

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Rural natives’ perceptions of strengths and challenges in their communities, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad

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Sixty percent of Coös youth report having a mentor in their lives, Kent Scovill and Corinna J. Tucker

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SNAP use increased slightly in 2012, Jessica A. Carson

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Variation found in rates of restraint and seclusion among students with a disability, Douglas J. Gagnon, Marybeth J. Mattingly, and Vincent J. Connelly

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Wanting more but working less: involuntary part-time employment and economic vulnerability, Rebecca K. Glauber

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Who would be affected by a new minimum wage policy?, Jessica A. Carson

Publications from 2012

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Beginning teachers are more common in rural, high-poverty, and racially diverse schools, Douglas J. Gagnon and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Beliefs about development versus environmental tradeoffs in the Puget Sound region, Thomas G. Safford, Matthew Cutler, Megan M. Henly, Karma Norman, and Phillip Levin

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CDFI industry analysis: summary report, Michael E. Swack, Jack Northrup, and Eric Hangen

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CDFI industry analysis: summary report, 508 compliant version, Michael E. Swack, Jack Northrup, and Eric Hangen

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Coös County’s class of 2009: Where are they now?, Eleanor M. Jaffee

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Coos county teens’ family relationships, Corinna J. Tucker and Desiree Wiesen-Martin

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Coös County youth and out-of-school activities - patterns of involvement and barriers to participation, Erin H. Sharp

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Demographic change in the northern forest, Kenneth M. Johnson, Susan I. Stewart, and Miranda H. Mockrin

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Forest views: Northeast Oregon survey looks at community and environment, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Joel N. Hartter, Forrest Stevens, Russell G. Congalton, Mark J. Ducey, Michael Campbell, Daniel Maynard, and Michael Staunton

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Forging the future: community leadership and economic change in Coös County, New Hampshire, Michele Dillon

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It takes a community: civic life and community involvement among Coös County youth, Justin R. Young

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Lack of protections for home care workers: overtime pay and minimum wage, Kristin Smith

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Mapping food insecurity and food sources in New Hampshire cities and towns, Barbara Wauchope and Sally Ward

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Mathematics achievement gaps between suburban students and their rural and urban peers increase over time, Suzanne E. Graham and Lauren E. Provost

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New Hampshire demographic trends in the twenty-first century, Kenneth M. Johnson

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Over sixteen million children in poverty in 2011, Marybeth J. Mattingly, Jessica A. Bean, and Andrew P. Schaefer

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Public knowledge about polar regions increases while concerns remain unchanged, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Matthew J. Cutler, and Andrew P. Schaefer

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Public perceptions of environmental management in the Puget Sound region, Thomas G. Safford, Matthew Cutler, Megan M. Henly, Karma Norman, and Phillip Levin

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Recessions accelerate trend of wives as breadwinners, Kristin Smith

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Renters more often burdened by housing costs after recession: Nearly half of all renters spent over 30 percent of income on housing by 2010, Jessica A. Bean

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Rural demographic change in the new century: slower growth, increased diversity, Kenneth M. Johnson

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Share of tax filers claiming EITC increases across states and place types between 2007 and 2010, Marybeth J. Mattingly and Elizabeth Kneebone

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The effects of state EITC expansion on children’s health, Reagan A. Baughman

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The local agricultural community exchange: outcomes and lessons learned from a public-private initiative to revitalize a downtown community, Michele Cranwell Schmidt

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Underemployment in urban and rural America, 2005-2012, Justin R. Young

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Understanding child abuse in rural and urban America: risk factors and maltreatment substantiation, Wendy A. Walsh and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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Urban-rural differences in concern about the environment and jobs in the Puget Sound region, Thomas G. Safford, Matthew Cutler, Megan M. Henly, Karma Norman, and Phillip Levin

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Who cares for the sick kids? parents’ access to paid time to care for a sick child, Kristin Smith and Andrew P. Schaefer

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Youths' opinions about their opportunities for success in Coös County communities, Erin H. Sharp

Publications from 2011

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Changes in New Hampshire’s republican party: evolving footprint in presidential politics, 1960-2008, Dante J. Scala

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Civil protective orders effective in stopping or reducing partner violence: challenges remain in rural areas with access and enforcement, T. K. Logan and Robert Walker

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Climate change: partisanship, understanding, and public opinion, Lawrence C. Hamilton

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Community strength and economic challenge: civic attitudes and community involvement in rural America, Michele Dillon and Justin R. Young

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Continuity and change in Coos County: results from the 2010 North Country CERA survey, Chris R. Colocousis and Justin R. Young

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Coos teens’ view of family economic stress is tied to quality of relationships at home, Corinna J. Tucker and Genevieve R. Cox

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Do you believe the climate Is changing? answers from new survey research, Lawrence C. Hamilton

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Education in chronically poor rural areas lags across generations, Jessica D. Ulrich

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Enduring ties to community and nature: charting an alternative future for southeast Alaska, Jessica D. Ulrich and Thomas G. Safford

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Environmental, economic, and social changes in rural America visible in survey data and satellite images, Joel N. Hartter and Chris R. Colocousis

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Household reports of energy assistance receipt increased 48 percent during recession: Proposed cuts threaten vulnerable families, Jessica A. Bean

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How far would you drive for fresh food? How some rural New Hampshire residents navigate a dismal food landscape, Jennifer J. Esala

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Jobs, natural resources, and community resilience: A survey of southeast Alaskans about social and environmental change, Thomas G. Safford, Megan M. Henly, and Jessica D. Ulrich

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Long-term foster care: different needs, different outcomes, Wendy A. Walsh and Marybeth J. Mattingly

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More poor kids in more poor places: children increasingly live where poverty persists, Marybeth J. Mattingly, Kenneth M. Johnson, and Andrew P. Schaefer