Posts made in September, 2013

Risk and Protective Factors

»Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick   Question What factors predict risk or protect against risk to reoffend in youth who sexually abuse?   The Research Spice, Viljoen, Latzman, Scalora, and Ullman followed a group of 193 male adolescents for 7.24 years after they left a residential sex offender treatment program to determine the relationship between risk and protective factors among youth who had abused sexually, as well as those who committed non-sexual offenses. The authors acknowledge a number of limitations, including that only 16 of the 193 adolescents sexually re-offended, the relatively short time frame of the study, the apparent effectiveness of the treatment program, and the lack of information about possible risk factors...

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Salt Lake Tribune Article on Sex Offenders

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Utah sex offender policy in spotlight as numbers soar Sex crimes » More prisoners, longer sentences but funding for treatment stays flat, triggering concerns. By Brooke Adams | The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Sep 03 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Sep 03 2013 07:43 am A dramatic increase in the number of sex offenders incarcerated in Utah over nearly two decades is raising questions about how the state deals with such crimes and concerns about whether all inmates are able to get needed treatment before they return to their communities. The number of sex offenders in state custody has more than doubled — to 2,194 or 31 percent of the prison population — since 1996, the last year Utah lawmakers approved an increase in treatment funding. Although...

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Teens Who Engage in Bad Behavior Also Engage in Antisocial Texting

»Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Researchers have discovered that texting about bad behavior is associated with the actual performance of such behavior. Or, put another way, teens who engage in bad behavior are more likely to engage in antisocial texting with others. “We were interested in how adolescents use electronic communication, particularly text messaging,” said Dr. Samuel Ehrenreich, post-doctoral researcher in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas. “We examined how discussing antisocial behavior — substance abuse, property crimes, physical aggression, that sort of thing — how discussing that predicts actually engaging in this problem behavior. Basically, does talking about bad behavior predict bad behavior?” Although the idea of studying the texting habits...

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Kids & Teens Too Often Naïve on Cyberbullying

»Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A new survey suggests many children are bullied online — and that few understand Internet safety as much as they thought. A multinational, interdisciplinary team of researchers surveyed more than 4,200 middle and high school students about their knowledge of potential risks, appropriate use, and their behaviors on the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook and tumblr. Researchers were especially concerned with student behaviors that may lead to cyber-bullying or contact with potential Internet predators. Details of the survey, published in the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, shows that teens aren’t as well-educated on the dangers of cyberbullying online as many adults think. Stacey Kite, Robert Gable and...

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Mom’s PTSD May Endanger Child

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers may lead to an increased risk of child maltreatment. Researchers say the potential for maltreatment is beyond that associated with maternal depression. Experts have known that the mental state of a caregiver in an important risk factor for child maltreatment and maternal depression is associated with an increased use of corporal punishment and physical abuse of children. However, until recently, research on maternal depression and maltreatment risk has largely ignored the fact that depression and PTSD often occur together. Now, the National Comorbidity Survey suggests that 24.7 percent of depressed women have PTSD and that 48.4 of women with PTSD have depression. In a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, Claude M....

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