• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 31st March, 2009

Take the long view and parents still matter

The combination of an ailing economy, globalization, the speed of technological change and the long-term cost of an education means that young people are taking more time to grow up, delegates to a London conference about parenting have been told.As recently as fifty years ago children were routinely pitched into adult working life at the age of 14 or 15, event organizer John Bynner said. Not so n…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Tuesday 31st March, 2009

"It’s time we made the most of our perfect timing"

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 27th March, 2009

Prevention for all? Same over here!

The US National Academies' call for government action on Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People is beginning to be echoed by the international community of “preventionists”.No great surprise, since the obstacles to more effective prevention in the US are similar to those faced by the scientific and practitioner communities in the UK and continental Europe and…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 26th March, 2009

Boat carries prevention to the top

The benefits of screening and the need for more primary investigation into the causes of childhood disorders featured strongly in yesterday’s internet conference called by the US National Academies to argue the case for a White House Cabinet response to its prevention recommendations. Authors of the landmark US National Academies report Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 25th March, 2009

Pull down the silos - it's time to pool resources

The year-long inquiry that has culminated in the publication this week of the National Academies report on the future of prevention science should help to set the agenda for the coming decade.The core message of Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People is that prevention should be at the heart of future research, policy and practice. The last 15 years have seen it e…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Monday 23rd March, 2009

National Academies outline pathway to prevention

Prevention is being given a massive boost this week with the publication of the US National Academies report Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People. It marks another important milestone on the journey toward a world where as much effort goes into the prevention of impairments to children's health and development as to treating disorders when they occur.Two-fifths…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 18th March, 2009

Visiting helps young mothers carry the weight

Low birth weight can have damaging consequences for child health and development far beyond the early years. It also signals intractable difficulties against which only two programs have been able to demonstrate consistent preventive effects. One is Nurse Family Partnership, the other – less well known outside the US – is Healthy Families America, which has proved similarly valuable among high…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 17th March, 2009

Chase the pavement to a fitter neighborhood

US research has uncovered a strong connection among fifth graders, between feelings of safety in their home neighborhoods, parents’ sense of social connectedness and positive health outcomes. Luisa Franzini at the University of Texas School of Public Health and colleagues from universities in three US cities are among a small group of researchers who have tried to unpick the links between physi…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 16th March, 2009

Treating casualties in a war without end

Children living in urban areas are lucky if they never encounter community violence in some form. The most conservative estimates from previous research suggest 50% do, but the figure can be as high as 96%. Exposure to extreme violence such as street stabbings or shootings is still mercifully rare, but most urban children will have some contact with activity surrounding drug deals or robberies. Ma…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 13th March, 2009

Residential education urged toward self-examination

The continuing popularity of residential education in the US despite a lack of certainty about its effectiveness is an example of the problems prevention science faces until there is more widespread public confidence in its methods and messages. Applications for residential places for disadvantaged youth and foster children, for example, exceed capacity twice over, when there is very little evide…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 12th March, 2009

Walking the line between intervention and intrusion

Parliamentarian Graham Allen, who with former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith is trying to persuade the UK Treasury to invest in a long-term, recession-savvy early intervention strategy, took the case for a national UK program evaluation center to a House of Commons Select Committee, this week.In the process, he was pursued to say just what he meant by “intervention,” just how earl…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 11th March, 2009

Obama urged to get interstate statistical act together

The US is ahead of the UK in its efforts to base measurements of child well-being on the multidimensional models represented in recent research, but US statisticians are still worried about the lack of consistency and are urging the Obama administration to improve interstate cooperation.A new report from the Child Trends research center in Washington DC says there is much room for improvement and…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 10th March, 2009

It won't work if you just think bigger

Past efforts to reduce population-wide rates of antisocial behavior have tended to involve “scaling up” treatments that work for the individuals involved in clinical trials. But a new paper from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University is fueling the argument against simple magnification and multiplication.It doesn’t work, Center director Ken Dodge writes in Child Psychology…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 09th March, 2009

Figuring the hardships of lone motherhood

Even very young children can become aggressive as the result of poor parenting by their mothers. In some cases, the ill-effects last right through childhood, , say Karen Benzies and colleagues at the University of Calgary in Canada. Most at risk are boys with several siblings who live with a single, poorly-educated mother.Benzies’s findings are based on analysis of nearly 1,000 children tracked…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 06th March, 2009

To IMPROVE the math first question the self

Studying mathematics has been made much easier for young people enrolled on a program called IMPROVE, say researchers in Israel. Developers Zemira Mevarech and her colleagues at the University of Bar-Ilan claim that making children aware of the processes underlying how they think and learn and giving them some sense of mastery over them, have led to significant improvements in attainment in algebr…

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