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October 1st, 2010

New Hampshire wants new women’s prison

By Catherine Robertson Souter

As far back as 2004, a report by the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women detailed issues with the state’s services for female inmates including overcrowding and a shortage of space to provide programs to help reduce recidivism. Compared to programs offered to the state’s male prisoners, the women are provided with fewer options for rehabilitation programs including vocational training. In June, the state’s corrections department made a plea to change that situation with a proposal for construction of a new $37 million facility to house female prisoners and a halfway house for those nearing release. If approved, [More]

October 1st, 2010

FDA warns maker of alternative autism treatment

By Nan Shnitzler

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June sent a warning letter to the maker of a product that was being used to treat symptoms of autism, the Chicago Tribune reported. The product, OSR#1, was being sold as a dietary supplement by a Kentucky company, but the FDA wrote that it was an unapproved drug with inadequately disclosed side effects. The company, CTI Science, was founded by Boyd Haley, Ph.D., an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, who is well known in alternative autism treatment circles for his concern about mercury toxicity. The June 17 letter said [More]

October 1st, 2010

Pre-schoolers display mental health issues

By Ami Albernaz

It’s well-known that social competence and behavior problems that are apparent when children are five or six are predictors of their later academic and social functioning. Yet a team of psychologists has shown that these problems can be identified earlier on, suggesting intervention need not begin only when formal schooling does. In a longitudinal study of more than 1,300 children from the New Haven-Meriden area of Connecticut, Alice S. Carter, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and colleagues found that problems noted by parents and teachers in kindergarten and first grade were evident at earlier ages. [More]

October 1st, 2010

Study: Older people happier

By Ami Albernaz

If you’re facing down 50 with some degree of dread, you may find comfort in a study that suggests people who’ve passed that milestone tend to experience less stress and greater happiness on a daily basis than do younger adults. Analyzing data from a 2008 Gallup phone survey of over 340,000 Americans between ages 18 and 85, a research team led by Arthur Stone, Ph.D., professor and vice chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University, concluded that not only do feelings of overall well-being improve as people age – replicating findings from previous research – but that [More]

October 1st, 2010

Legislation proposed to ban corporal punishment in schools

By Ami Albernaz

For some of us, corporal punishment brings to mind school days of old, with nuns rapping across the knuckles of the disobedient. Though corporal punishment is no longer used in New England schools (Connecticut, the last of the New England states to ban it, did so in 1989), it still is allowed in 20 states – though a bill introduced in late June by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) would eliminate it in U.S. schools entirely. Critics of corporal punishment have long argued that it doesn’t work, citing research that suggests it impairs academic performance and is even linked to higher [More]

October 1st, 2010

Research: Spanked children have lower IQs

By Ami Albernaz

Those against corporal punishment may have found support in research presented last fall that suggests kids who are spanked have lower IQs than kids who are not. Murray Straus, Ph.D., a sociology professor and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire and Mallie Paschall, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, studied nationally representative samples of 806 children ages 2 to 4 and 704 children ages 5 to 9. They looked at the children’s IQ scores and how often the kids were subjected to corporal punishment, as reported by their [More]

October 1st, 2010

College drinking: study findings promote motivational intervention

By Phyllis Hanlon

Drinking on campus has become an integral part of the college experience for some. But consider some statistics released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): approximately 1,800 college students die each year from alcohol-related accidents; nearly 600,000 students suffer injuries directly associated to alcohol use; around 700,000 students are assaulted by others who have been drinking, and about 97,000 students are victims of date rape or sex where alcohol is a factor. The June 2010 issue of The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published findings from a trial conducted by Mark Wood, Ph.D., professor of [More]

October 1st, 2010

Study: Maternal affection impacts adult mental health

By Pamela Berard

A new study suggests that infants who received high levels of maternal affection may be better able to deal with life stressors as adults. The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, was based on 482 people in a Providence, R.I., birth cohort of the National Collaborative Perinatal Project in the late 1950s/early 1960s. As part of the project, psychologists observed and objectively rated mothers during routine developmental assessment of their eight-month-olds. The psychologists rated how the mother coped with her child’s tests and how she responded to the child. The amount of affection was categorized in [More]

October 1st, 2010

Proposed bill would help homeless in Vermont

By Pamela Berard

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House could combat homelessness in small states by increasing the small-state minimum allotment for the Projects for Assistance in Transition for Homelessness (PATH) program. Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) co-sponsored the PATH Enhancement Bill, which would increase the small-state minimum from $300,000 to $750,000 per year. Created in 1990, PATH funds state efforts to provide outreach and services to those suffering from mental illness or substance abuse and who are at risk of becoming homeless. While many states have seen increased funding since the program was established, a number of smaller states – including Vermont [More]

August 21st, 2010

Trends in growth areas reflect social, cultural conditions

By Phyllis Hanlon

In 2008, the American Psychological Association (APA) identified six growth areas for the profession: public health, seniors, veterans, government service, the workplace and courtrooms. Today, some of those areas, along with new ones, hold potential for climbing the career ladder. Jessica L. Kohout, Ph.D., director of the Center for Workforce Studies, Science Directorate at the APA, says, “We don’t have any crystal balls, but we can suggest some [growth] areas. Public health, as in primary health care settings and clinics, geropsych, veterans and federal facilities remain strong. These career paths are obviously driven by new health care initiatives, the aging [More]

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