Posts made in December, 2014

How Much Do We Really Know About Cyberbullying?

»Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

New research has shed more light on the devastating impact of cyberbullying. The findings, published in the journal Information, Communication & Society,  identify the main tactics used by perpetrators as well as the coping strategies of the victims. With the advent of social media, bullying has taken on an elusive new form and has dramatically extended its reach. Digital abuse has become so severe that the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a stern warning about the risks posed by cyberbullying to adolescents’ mental health. Cyberbullying differs from traditional, or offline bullying, in that it thrives on the unique traits of social media — anonymity, constant connectivity, and a vague and vast audience, according to researchers. Furthermore,...

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5 Loving Ways To Remember Someone You Have Lost This Christmas

»Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Are you facing your first holiday season in a place of grief and despair? Did someone close to you die this past year, causing you to feel overwhelming sadness? Do you find yourself faking a smile when others attempt to spread Yuletide cheer? If you can relate, it is important to recognize you are not alone. The truth is that for many people, “Christmas” can be a brutally painful time of year – particularly if you are coping with the loss of someone like a parent, child, sibling or other loved one. The intensity of what you are feeling right now speaks directly to the enormity of of the moment. You are in a fragile place to be sure. Now, as in this very second in time, I want you to take a deep breath. Clear your mind of everything that has happened on this...

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Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

»Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person’s life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels of Internet accessibility or exposure, and addiction. In the study, investigators from The University of Hong Kong discovered the prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around the world. Researchers Cecelia Cheng and Angel Yee-lam Li reviewed data collected from more than 89,000 individuals in 31 countries. The study results are discussed in an article “Internet Addiction Prevalence and Quality of (Real) Life: A Meta-Analysis of 31...

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Protective Factors and Recidivism in Adolescents Accused of Sexual Offenses

»Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick The Question Is there any statistically significant correlation between protective factors and desistance from sexually abusive behaviors in adolescents? The Research Most of the research and assessment tools for sexually abusive behaviors have focused on risk factors for sexually abusive behaviors. Among adolescent research, less information is available about protective factors for these behaviors. In this recently published article, Verena Klein, Martin Rettenberger, Dahlnym Yoon, Nora Köhler and Peer Briken reported on their study of 71 teenagers accused of some form of sexual abuse for an average of four years. They explored whether there was any predictive accuracy that would link protective factors...

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Effective vs. Ineffective Communication

»Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

We are social beings. Assertiveness is a style of communication and is the most effective type of the four types of communication. Unfortunately, assertiveness is not used as often as people should. All of us use each of the four styles of communication, and as a result some of our interactions can be unsatisfying and frustrating. The following blog will describe the four styles of communication. Try to think of the time you used each style of communication and how effective it was. The Passive Style The passive style is ineffective and is designed to avoid conflict. They feel that their wishes, needs, opinions and desires are not important. Passivity can lead to anxiety or depression. They go alone with demands and never criticize. This style of communication is...

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