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TRAUMA: What Child Welfare Attorneys Should Know
The National Child Traumatic Stress Center – May 2017
More than 45 million children in the United States are affected by violence, crime, abuse, or psychological trauma annually. For children and families who are involved in the child welfare system, the negative impact of trauma exposure is particularly relevant as many clients have experienced multiple traumas, including neglect and exposure to domestic violence. The guide developed by The National Child Traumatic Stress Center, along with the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, intends to educate lawyers on the impact of trauma, trauma-informed practice tips for legal representation, and resources to support clients who have experienced trauma.
Instagram Worst Social Media App for Young People’s Mental Health
CNN – 5.19.17
According to a new report, Instagram, compared to other social media platforms, has the greatest negative impact on young people’s mental health. The platform was found to most negatively affect young women who “compare themselves against unrealistic, largely curated, filtered and Photoshopped version of reality,” suggests author Matt Keracher. The study, conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK, surveyed nearly 1,500 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 on how different social media programs impact health and wellness concerns, including anxiety, depression, self-identity, and body image. Authors of the study call for social media platforms to combat feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among young users by including disclosures on images that have been digitally altered. While Instagram may have negative effects on body image and sleep patterns, the survey concluded that it could also be a positive outlet for self-expression and self-identity.
Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real?
NPR – 5.18.17
The article follows the story of a young woman, Naomi, who, in middle school, began sinking into a pattern of behavior that some psychiatrists recognize from their patients who abuse drugs or alcohol — a kind of Internet addiction. As a straight A student, Naomi deeply wanted to be popular, and all the cool kids talked about their latest YouTube favorites, which led her to watch as many videos as she could and eventually decline into clinical depression. Dr. Anna Lembke, a psychiatrist and assistant professor in addiction medicine at Stanford University, predicts that Internet addiction will eventually become a validated clinical diagnosis in the U.S. However, not everyone believes that “addiction” is the correct way to think about this compulsion. Stetson University psychologist, suggests that moral panic is driving the rush to label this issue as an addiction.
A Simulation That Tests How Child Welfare Programs Work in The Real World
89.3 KPCC – 5.23.17
How To Talk About The Ariana Grande Concert Attack With Young Girls & Boys
Bustle – 5.23.17
Some Policies That Claim To Help The Mentally Ill Are Actually Harmful — Here’s Why
Bustle – 5.22.17
We Need to Address Mental, Behavioral Health in Kids Who Land in Justice System
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – 5.22.17
Why Schools Are Worried About Medicaid Cuts Hurting Special Education
PBS Newshour – 5.22.17
Change Needed to Help Preschoolers With Mental Health Issues
The Orange County Register – 5.19.17
Hundreds of California Foster Children Are Arrested When They Lash Out
89.3 KPCC – 5.18.17
How Much Will Kids’ Mental Health Care Cost Under Trumpcare? It Won’t Be Cheap
Romper – 5.18.17
Critics Question Mental Health Cuts
Ventura County Star – 5.18.17
Why We Shouldn’t Stigmatize Mentally Ill Prisoners
Time – 5.17.17
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