Health and Social

The cult of eating disorders

By Jessica Magro | June 10, 2017

I was admitted to the eating disorder ward at a psychiatric hospital the day after my junior prom. By the time I decided to enter treatment, I had been struggling with anorexia for two years. Two years of disordered behaviors took a toll on my health: My medical complications included malnutrition, dehydration, lanugo, insomnia, hair…

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Peer Influences on Adolescent Risk Behavior

By Dustin Albert, Jason Chein, and Laurence Steinberg | April 16, 2017

Evidence overwhelmingly points to adolescence as a period of heightened risk-taking in multiple domains, including experimentation with alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, unprotected sexual activity, and reckless driving (Reyna & Farley, 2006).  Although risk-taking behavior declines as youth transition into mature adult roles, the public health consequences of the adolescent spike in risky decision-making are severe. …

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Peer Mediation as a Viable Option for School Conflict Resolution Programs

By Racheal Whiteside | March 19, 2017

Editor’s note: This is an interesting research article written by an undergraduate when she was attending the University of Buffalo. It is the voice of a student providing insight into adolescent aggression and conflict resolution. Albert Bandura (1977) developed the Social Learning (SL) theory to explain that people learn how to act from each other.…

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Smartphone Addiction Tips for Breaking Free of Compulsive Smartphone Use

By Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D | March 11, 2017

While a Smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with your daily life, work, and relationships. When you spend more time on social media or playing games than you do interacting with real people, or you can’t stop yourself from repeatedly checking texts, emails, news…

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Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression

By Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D | February 26, 2017

Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Teens and How You Can Help Teenagers face a host of pressures, from the changes of puberty to questions about who they are and where they fit in. With all this turmoil and uncertainty, it isn’t always easy to differentiate between depression and normal teenage growing pains. But teen…

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How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

By Emma Young | February 5, 2017

Curfews, sports, and understanding kids’ brain chemistry have all helped dramatically curb substance abuse in the country. It’s a little before 3 p.m. on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a stroller, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s…

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Protecting Children on the Ice: Referees and Responsibility

By Thomas Babson with David Greenstein and Alden S. Blodget | January 2, 2017

I love ice hockey.  It killed me, is killing me.  My brain, like the surface of the moon, cratered from years of collisions with the boards, sticks, elbows, ice.  Isolated, distant, circling the inhabited world, still trying to communicate with it.  Pills for ungovernable rage, pills for depression, pills for migraines.  Chunks of me gone,…

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The Teenage Brain: ADOLESCENTS AND ALCOHOL

By Linda Spear | November 28, 2016

The high levels of alcohol consumption characteristic of adolescence may be in part biologically based, given that elevated consumption levels are also evident during this developmental transition in other mammalian species as well. Studies conducted using a simple animal model of adolescence in the rat has shown adolescents to be more sensitive than adults to…

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A Guide to Youth Smoking Prevention Policies and Programs

By Wendy Schwartz | September 9, 2016

Social problems in many urban areas often lead to smoking by teenagers. They believe — wrongly — that tobacco will help reduce their stress and make them look “cool” instead of insecure. Many pressures for smoking are discussed, as well as countermeasures. The number of young people who smoke is decreasing, but one third of…

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Smoking Prevention Strategies for Urban and Minority Youth

By Wendy Schwartz | September 9, 2016

Smoking is declining among many teenagers,but one-third of high schoolers still use tobacco. This article explores the risks of smoking and campaigns to prevent it. Overall, the number of adolescents who smoke and use smokeless tobacco is decreasing, and the decrease is sharpest among minority youth. Still, about one-third of high school students use tobacco…

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Supporting Students With Asthma

By Wendy Schwartz | September 9, 2016

What are asthma symptoms and “triggers?” Here are some suggestions for maintaining a school environment conducive to the attendance of children with asthma and for developing a curriculum conducive to their academic achievement. Five million children in the U.S. are living with asthma and the number is steadily increasing. Most live in cities, are poor,…

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Cooperation Conflict Resolution And School Violence

By Peter T. Coleman Morton Deutsche | September 9, 2016

It is a mistake to assume that causes of school violence reside only or primarily in the school. Child abuse and neglect, a culture of violence, economic and social injustice, and the easy availability of weapons, for example, contribute to the occurrence of violence but are largely not under school control. Nevertheless, there is much…

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Reducing Injury and Death in Teen Drivers

By Gary Direnfeld | September 9, 2016

  Given that automobile crashes are the leading cause of injury and death in teens, you can pretty much say that teens drive themselves to trauma centers. And, they do this in record numbers. Car crashes account for approximately 6,000 deaths annually of American teens. While 15 to 20 year olds only account for 6.7%…

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An injury loss prevention program targeted to new teen drivers – Article

By Gary Direnfeld | September 9, 2016

An injury/loss prevention program targeted to new teen drivers gains support of CIAA! How do you make the roads safer for your teen driver? United States statistics for 1999 show teen automobile crashes accounted for some 8,175 deaths for people ages 15 to 20 years old at a societal cost estimated in excess of $32…

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I Promise Program

By Gary Direnfeld | September 6, 2016

Teen car crashes the single greatest cause of teen deaths and permanent injuries in North America. How do you make the roads safer for your teen driver? Until recently there was little a parent could do to reduce the risk of their teen being involved in a car crash. Now there is the “I PromiseProgram”.…

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American Social Health Association www.ashastd.org

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

American Social Health Association www.ashastd.org

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Higher Education Center

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, funded by U.S. Department of Education. www.edc.org/hec

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Divorce Source

Divorce Source

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

Divorce Source — Information from every state for divorcees, and their children. www.divorcesource.com

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Divorce Headquarters

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

Divorce Headquarters — A source for all divorce issues including alimony, child support, child custody, visitation, separation agreements, financial, divorce attorneys, mediators, free child support calculator, and more. www.divorcehq.com

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Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

— Ask about sex, drugs, health, and relationships, from Columbia University Health Services www.goaskalice.columbia.edu

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Sex, Etc.

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

Sex, Etc. — A teen-produced web site which discusses love, sex, abstinence, contraception, and STDs. Also find drugs, alcohol and pregnancy advice. www.sxetc.org

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Marriage Builders

By Greta Donahue | September 6, 2016

Marriage Builders — A large site helping couples understand how to fall in love and stay in love. Marriage Builders offers a wealth of articles, an active discussion board, personal coaching services, and much more. www.marriagebuilders.com

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