On the Record

"Many people who grew up in the '50s say, 'Nothing I did was ever good enough for my parents.' Now we're seeing the pendulum swing, and you hear from coaches and teachers who have been at it a while that kids have become more fragile. They don't take criticism well. Thinking you're God's gift to the world is nice for you. It's a little harder for everyone else around you."

— Florida State University
Roy Baumeister, PhD,
USA Today
, Nov. 19

"We expected the effect but we were surprised by the size of the effect."

Kees Keizer, a social psychologist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who found
that graffiti and litter made people twice as likely to steal. The findings reinforce the
so-called "Broken Windows Theory" that forms the backbone of crime prevention.
Reuters, Nov. 25

"We want to dispel that myth" that girls have become more violent."

Stephanie Hawkins, PhD,a researcher on a new U.S. Department of Justice project that found arrests for aggravated assault by girls younger than 18 fell 17 percent from 1998 to 2007.
USA Today, Nov. 20