• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 21st August, 2009

Penn State Prevention Research Center

A series of reports looking at the ground-breaking work of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development at Penn State University, concluding with coverage of a lecture there given by Tom Dishion, founder of the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon.

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 24th October, 2007

Putting brain science back on the streets of Los Angeles

That their adolescent children might fall in with the ‘wrong crowd’ is among the worst fears of many parents. Falling or not quite falling is the stuff of movies and and the pivotal moment in countless life histories. But before research specialist and clinical psychologist Tom Dishion got to work, the underlying human dynamics were little understood by science.What marks Dishion’s career ap…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Monday 13th September, 2010

Bringing prevention services home to the family

The backdrop to Bennett Lecturer Tom Dishion's current work is the poverty of services and shortage of funding for both the prevention and treatment of childhood mental health problems in the US. State services are patchy; they lack an evidence base and in some cases they are potentially harmful. About eight million US children have no health insurance and most of those who do are only covered for…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 26th October, 2007

Listening Before Doing! A commentary on the Bennett Lecture:

The Zen teacher Suzuki Roshi said that the only effective mind is a “beginners mind” — one that is always open to revision, one that is not too attached to its current view. It takes real discipline to keep our minds open in this way.This year’s Bennett Lecture provided us with an especially powerful demonstration of how rewarding such discipline can be. The Lecture is a yearly time of cel…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 04th June, 2009

Time for a new message on family violence?

There are variations on the theme, but most conflict resolution researchers recognize a model that links exposure to family violence in childhood with conduct disorders in adolescence, substance abuse in early adulthood, and violence in later relationships. Outlined by Miriam Ehrensaft at the Society for Prevention Research conference in Washington, last week, these and other links in the chain o…

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