Journals and news

02
Feb
2016

The functional and clinical relevance of childhood trauma-related admixture of affective, anxious and psychosis symptoms

Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica

"Previous work has shown that across different patient samples, patients with childhood trauma are more likely to have co-occurrence of affective, anxious and psychosis symptoms than non-traumatized patients. However, the clinical relevance of trauma-related admixture remains to be established."

31
Jan
2016

Yoga-based Psychotherapy Groups for Boys Exposed to Trauma in Urban Settings

Source: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Yoga is practiced by growing numbers of people in the United States3 and has demonstrated positive effects on the functioning of adults and children.4'6 Therapeutic yoga interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in children and adolescents who exhibit symptoms of inattention, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders, in both academic and treatment settings.4 Trauma in Urban Youth It is well documented that children who are exposed to trauma in childhood are at risk for developing emotional and behavioral problems, including dysregulation, posttraumatic stress, depression, low self-esteem, and aggression.

14
Jan
2016

The Relationship between Child Stress, Child Mindfulness and Parent Mindfulness

Source: Psychology

"The current study tested the degree to which mindfulness in parents was directly and indirectly related to stress levels in children. A community sample of 68 parent-child dyads completed self-report surveys (Children: Mage = 10.70, SD = 2.6; 52% female, 48% male; Parents: Mage = 42.70, SD = 9.6; 72% female, 28% male). Multiple regression analyses revealed that both parent mindfulness and child mindfulness were significantly and negatively related to child stress levels. However, mindfulness in children did not mediate the relationship between mindfulness in parents and stress in children. This study contributes to the emerging literature on the effects of mindful parenting on child wellbeing and provides practical suggestions for how parents and children can increase their mindfulness."

11
Jan
2016

Adverse Family Experiences, Child Mental Health, and Educational Outcomes for a National Sample of Students

Source: School Mental Health

"Exposure to adversity in childhood, including domestic violence, parental mental illness, loss, and poverty, is a known risk factor for long-term physical and mental health problems. This secondary data analysis uses the National Survey of Children’s Health 2011/12 to examine the association between exposure to family adversity and academic outcomes, as mediated by child mental health. The analytic sample included 65,680 children between the ages of six and 17, representative of the US child population. Family adversity, as mediated by child mental health status, was negatively associated with school engagement and positively associated with being retained in grade and being on an Individualized Education Program. Male gender, family economic hardship, living in an unsafe neighborhood, and poor caregiver mental health were additional risk factors. Results suggest the need for improved mental health screening for students who exhibit internalizing and externalizing symptoms."

09
Jan
2016

Psychosocial Care for Injured Children: The Impact of Traumatic Medical Events on Children, Parents, and Healthcare Providers

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics

"Studies regarding the impact of trauma on children and their families who experience “indirect” trauma (meaning that they are not the ones going through the medical procedure) have clearly established the negative effects on the physical and mental recovery of the whole family. Pediatric medical traumatic stress is a set of psychological and physiological responses of children and their families to pain, injury, serious illness, medical procedures, and invasive or frightening treatment experiences."

07
Jan
2016

Cortisol levels in children's hair may reveal future mental health risk

Source: The Guardian

"Australian researchers found the greater number of traumatic events a child had experienced, the higher the hair cortisol concentrations"

 

 

04
Jan
2016

Short-Term Natural Course of Depressive Symptoms and Family-Related Stress in Adolescents After Separation From Father

Source: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

"Objective: To determine if separation from a father is associated with short-term changes in mental health or substance use in adolescents."

16
Dec
2015

Depression in Preschool Changes the Brain, Study Shows

Source: TIME

"Only in the past two decades has depression in children been taken seriously. Now, it’s becoming clear that kids as young as three can have major depression."

15
Dec
2015

Gaps in care for child trauma and stress after injury

Source: Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

"An international survey has found a gap in knowledge of hospital emergency staff when dealing with child traumatic stress and providing emotional support to children admitted to hospital after injury."

15
Dec
2015

The Second Assult - Victims of Sexual Abuse are More Likely to be Obese

Source: The Atlantic

"Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to become obese adults. New research shows that early trauma is so damaging that it can disrupt a person’s entire psychology and metabolism."

29
Aug
2015

Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse

Source: ScienceDaily

"If a mom who was maltreated as a child can sustain some strong beliefs in her competency as a mom, then it may help break the cycle of abuse and buffer her children against that kind of experience she had. That is where this research has led us so far."

27
Aug
2015

Resilience isn't enough: How kids recover from disasters

Source: VPR

Podcast: Stories about New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina have prompted Vermonters to also reflect on the four years since Tropical Storm Irene; both anniversaries are this weekend. A disaster sociologist says that social and economic advantages are the strongest indicators of how a child will do in recovering from a disaster, rather personality or character traits.

23
Aug
2015

10 years after Katrina, addressing the mental trauma that lingers

Source: Newsworks

Thousands of residents, and especially children, were traumatized by the storm and the displacement and struggle that followed.

23
Aug
2015

The long-term effects of being bullied or a bully in adolescence on externalizing and internalizing mental health problems in adulthood

Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

Involvement in bullying in adolescence is associated with later mental health problems, possibly hindering development into independent adulthood.

23
Aug
2015

Young girls fleeing domestic and sexual violence in South Australia

Source: The Australian

Girls as young as 12 are seeking help from domestic violence support services, amid warnings from workers that abuse and violent sex are becoming increasingly common among teenagers.

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