Oregon Social Learning Center News

March 10, 1985

Parenthood Training Promoted

by Carolyn Kortge of The Register-Guard Although far more students are likely to become parents than computer programmers, most schools offer far more instruction in computer operations than they do in preparation for the profession of parenthood, says an Oregon State University professor who believes educational priorities should be revised. “You find very few schools […]

October 1, 1983

Raising Kids

by James Q. Wilson of The Atlantic Monthly Psychologists are helping parents to control bratty behavior by teaching them how and when to use rewards and punishments “When I met him, he was six and a half years of age. There was nothing about his appearance that identified him as the boy who had set […]

April 3, 1981

Psychologists Plan Research on Behavior of Eugene Children

by Register-Guard Staff Why does a child use certain words, mannerisms, facial expression? How is his overall behavior pattern formed? How much influence do his parents have? With the help of a small house trailer, special electronic equipment and the cooperation of Eugene parents and children, a University of Oregon team of psychologists will soon […]

March 15, 1981

Raising Kids to be Non-Sexist

by Sally Casis Cheriel of The Register-Guard When Pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock came out with his “Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” in 1946, he suggested that a father get close to his son by playing baseball with him, and show appreciation of his daughter by complimenting her on her new dress or […]

March 9, 1980

Of Snakes, Snails, Puppy-dog Tails… and Mental Health

by Carolyn Kortge of The Register-Guard When little boys wear T-shirts that boast “Slugger,” “Here comes trouble,” or “I’m Grandma’s bad boy,” they are learning social expectations of male behavior that could cause real trouble when they are older, a Eugene psychologist says. Eight times as many boys as girls are brought to children’s counseling […]

February 15, 1977

Psychologist Says Parents Need Models

by Ed Kenyon of The Register-Guard Many parents today have to learn how to become good parents because they don’t have models to pattern themselves after, says a Eugene research psychologist. That’s where Jerry Patterson, who opened a two-day “parenting” conference Monday in Eugene, often enters the picture. Patterson is part of a 10-year-old Oregon […]

June 19, 1975


by Kathy Kucera of The Register-Guard Janice and Bill used to have a diabolical monster for a daughter. “She was very demanding and quite verbal,” recalls her mother. “She could cuss you out in a minute, though to see her she looked loving and sweet.” “She had developed a pattern of controlling the whole family. […]

October 22, 1972

Kids Who Steal

by Dan Sellard of The Register-Guard Glancing up and down the store’s aisles and trying to look casual, the thief sidled up to the counter and dropped a shiny knife into his pocket. Then he resumed his stroll around the store, a picture of sweet innocence. Just another shoplifter? No, not quite. This thief is […]

September 24, 1969

UO Professor Gets Grant

by Register-Guard Staff Gerald R. Patterson, professor of psychology and education at the University of Oregon has been awarded a $25,467 Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The award is renewable for three more years at approximately the same level. Patterson is doing research on family interaction and […]

July 23, 1969

ORI Planning to Build New Quarters Near LCC

by Register-Guard Staff The Oregon Research Institute, Inc., was established in Eugene in 1960 by director Paul Hoffman. At the time, the operation had a couple of secretaries and a couple of assistants, besides Hoffman himself. But today, that same operation has been expanded to 62 employees, including 10 with doctorate degrees, cramped into five […]