Posts made in October, 2013

Canadian Replication of Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Research in the U.S.

»Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick   Question Can MST research produce the same encouraging results in Canada as the original research?   The Research Alison Cunningham, Director of Research and Planning for the Centre for Children and Families in the Canadian justice system reported on the outcome of a four-year randomized study of 409 families in four Canadian agencies. Half the participants received MST while the others received the usual services available through the local youth justice and social services system. Participants were followed for a minimum of six months and up to three years following these interventions. Researchers sought to replicate the positive results from two studies conducted by MST researchers from the...

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Cognitive Impairment Common After Critical Illness

»Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Patients who enter intensive care units with no evidence of cognitive impairment often leave with deficits similar to those seen in patients with traumatic brain injury or mild Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The study, led by researchers at Vanderbilt University’s ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Group, found that 74 percent of the 821 patients studied — all adults with respiratory failure, cardiogenic shock or septic shock — developed delirium while in the hospital. According to the researchers, this is a predictor of a dementia-like brain disease even a year after discharge from the ICU. Delirium, a form of acute brain dysfunction common during critical illness, has consistently been shown to be associated with higher mortality, the...

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The Complexities of Sex Offender Recidivism

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

Derek “The Fallen One” Logue February 1, 2008, Last Update: February 16, 2012 Introduction One of the more commonly held sex offender myths is the belief that “sex offenders have a high recidivism rate.” In one recent study, respondents estimated sex offense recidivism rates to be around 75%: “Sex offenders in general were seen by our sample as the criminals most likely to re-offend, even though in toto they have lower re-arrest rates for their crime of choice than other types of offenders” (Levenson, Branson, Fortney, and Baker 2007, p. 17). The myth has reared its head in numerous places: “The risk or recidivism posed by sex offenders is ‘frightening and high’.” (Smith v. Doe, 538 US at 103) “Sex offenders pose an enormous challenge for...

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