The Technological Brain

With new technologies come new problems. Technology surely makes communication efficient and easy, but are ease and efficiency compatible with quality communication? The best communication involves undivided attention from the listener, something multimedia outlets of communication seem to discourage. Have you ever been having a faceto- face conversation with somebody when their attention... Continue reading

Pets Listen Better Than Husbands

A third of pet-owning married women in the U.S. said their pets are better listeners than their husbands, according to an Associated poll released in April 2010. Continue reading

Mentally Ill Incarcerations

On average, a seriously mentally ill person in the USA is three times more likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized, a report concludes today. - USA Today, 05/12/2010 Continue reading

Unemployment and Mental Illness

A survey in Fall 2009 of more than 1,000 adults for two advocacy groups, Mental Health America and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, found that unemployed individuals were four times as likely to be coping with severe mental illness as those who had jobs. And people who experienced a forced change in their work, such as a pay cut or reduced hours, were twice as likely to have symptoms... Continue reading

Forgiveness is Relational Link Between Religion and Mental Health

A recent study proposed that forgiveness is an important pathway through which the effects of religion on health are mediated. Three separate studies were conducted to examine this hypothesis. State forgiveness fully mediated the relationships between existential well-being and both symptoms and medications, and trait forgiveness fully mediated the relationship between religious well-being and... Continue reading

Juvenile Delinquency by State

    Custody rates represent the number of juveniles assigned a bed (because of an offense) per 100,000 juveniles in the general population age 10 through the upper age of juvenile court jurisdiction in each State.   [caption id="attachment_129" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="Custody Rates"] [/caption] Continue reading

Parenting intentions among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual individuals.

Parenthood is one of the most universal and highly valued experiences of American adults. However, lesbian and gay adults in the United States are much less likely than heterosexual adults to be parents. A recent tudy explored the reasons why this is the case. Findings: gay men and lesbian women were less likely than matched heterosexual peers to express desire for parenthood. Moreover, gay... Continue reading

Intimate Partner Violence Linked to Behavior Problems in Children

A recent study examined relations among parental intimate partner violence (IPV), preschoolers’ narrative coherence about family conflict situations, and preschoolers’ externalizing problems. Results were consistent with theory suggesting that exposure to IPV may adversely affect preschoolers’ ability to understand family conflict situations in an organized manner, which in turn may contribute... Continue reading

Sexual Revictimization and Alcohol

Women who experience sexual victimization, whether in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, are at elevated risk of sexual revictimization. The mechanism responsible for this robust association is unclear, however. A recent study found that the association between adolescent and college victimization is mediated via 2 types of risk exposure in the first semester of college: alcohol-related and... Continue reading

A Little Too Emotional in Therapy?

A recent study sought to determine the relationship between length of time spent expressing highly aroused emotion and therapeutic outcome. A group of clients were treated for depression with experiential therapy. Various measures of the therapeutic alliance, depression severity, and symptom checklists were used.  An optimal frequency (25%) of highly aroused emotional expression was found to... Continue reading