Posts made in August, 2013

Mild Stress Can Undermine Therapy for Emotional Control

»Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Neuroscientists have discovered that even mild stress can impede therapeutic measures to control emotions. Experts say the findings demonstrate that clinical techniques may be less effective than desired in some settings, although with practice, the therapeutic techniques are more effective and less sensitive to stress. Researchers say the study also helps to clarify barriers that must be overcome in addressing afflictions such as fear or anxiety. “We have long suspected that stress can impair our ability to control our emotions, but this is the first study to document how even mild stress can undercut therapies designed to keep our emotions in check,” said Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D., the study’s senior author and a psychologist at New York University. “In...

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Is Orange the New Black for Women Who are Trauma Victims?

»Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

New research finds a link between different types of trauma for women — including caregiver violence, domestic violence and witnessing violence — that can lead to breaking the law later in life and ending up in prison. Researchers Dana DeHart, Shannon Lynch, Joanne Belknap, and Bonnie Green conducted interviews with 115 female inmates from five U.S. states and found several patterns. For instance, intimate partner violence increased women’s risks for property crimes, drug use, and commercial sex work. The women were often involved with violent men who had varying roles in their lives, from co-offenders to drug dealers to pimps, the researchers found. The study also found that witnessing violence increased the risk of committing property crimes, fighting, and...

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Kids Bullied for Years More Likely to Go to Prison

»Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

People who are repeatedly bullied as kids and teens are “significantly” more likely to go to prison, according to new research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 121st Annual Convention. The study found that close to 14 percent of those who reported being bullied repeatedly from childhood through their teens ended up in prison as adults, compared to six percent of non-victims, nine percent of childhood-only victims, and seven percent of teen-only victims. The study also found that more than 20 percent of those who endured chronic bullying were convicted of crimes, compared to 11 percent of non-victims, 16 percent of childhood victims, and 13 percent of teen victims. Another finding of the study: Compared to nonwhite childhood victims,...

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Mandating Treatment for Mental Illness Could Save Money

»Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A controversial new study suggests that requiring outpatient treatment for certain people with severe mental illness can result in substantial cost savings by cutting hospitalizations and increasing outpatient care. Researchers at Duke Medicine studied a program in New York called Assisted Outpatient Commitment, a new approach for people with serious mental illness. The issue has been particularly heated in light of recent mass shootings by gunmen who have had mental health diagnoses. Investigators discovered that treatment costs for a group of frequently hospitalized patients declined 50 percent in New York City after the first year of an outpatient commitment program, and dropped another 13 percent the second year. Even larger cost savings were reported in five...

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