Posts made in January, 2015

Teen ‘Pharming’ Is a Rising Concern

»Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A new review suggests new initiatives are needed to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers. Teens often believe the drugs are harmless with the abuse of prescription medications now the second-most commonly abused drug by adolescents (after marijuana). “The medicine chest is a drug dealer that no one ever thinks about,” said Renee Turchi, M.D., M.P.H. Turchi is a co-author of a recent review article about pharming in journal Contemporary Pediatrics. Prescription drug abuse among teenagers is a growing area of concern for several reasons, according to Turchi and co-author Susan Solecki, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., B.C., a clinical assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health...

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Cyberstalking Worse Than Stalking?

»Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

In a new study, researchers explored and compared the experiences of people who had been victims of stalking or cyberstalking (harassing or threatening via the Internet). They found that victims of cyberstalking had to engage in more ‘self-protective’ behaviors, pay higher out-of-pocket costs to combat the problem, and experienced greater fear over time than traditional stalking victims. “We wanted to investigate where there are similarities and differences between stalking and cyberstalking, and there is a lot of work that still has to be done on that issue,” said study author Matt R. Nobles, assistant professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. “But independent of the conceptual discussion, the evidence shows that cyberstalking is...

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Executive Dysfunction Predicts Delinquency But Not Sexual Aggression

»Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

The Question Is executive functioning linked to sexual aggression in adolescents? The Research In a very recently published paper, David Burton, Sophia Demuynck and Jamie Yoder explore the relationship between executive dysfunction and both sexual and non-sexual criminal behaviors in adolescents. They note that adolescent males who have sexually abused have been shown to have high levels of executive dysfunction, decreased cognitive and behavioral control, deficits in adaptability, high behavioral impulsivity, and antisocial behaviors. Furthermore, executive dysfunction has been correlated to delinquency, criminality and violent offenses. However, no study had yet fully investigated how executive dysfunction in adolescents who have sexually abused may cause or...

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Kids’ Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

»Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

It is not a secret that sleep issues are common among American youth. A new study now finds that sleep problems can predict specific substance-related problems. Using a nationally representative sample, researchers discover that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number of specific problems, including binge drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and risky sexual behavior Study results will be published in a forthcoming online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. “National polls indicate that 27 percent of school-aged children and 45 percent of adolescents do not sleep enough,” said Dr. Maria M. Wong, professor and director of experimental training in the...

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What It Really Means to Be in the Present Moment

»Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

These days we often hear touted the importance of being in the present moment. We’re told that the “now” is all that exists and if we’re not here “now” then we’re not really living. This makes a great deal of sense to me. Oftentimes, I find myself distracted by thought about the future. Or, I replay past experiences in my mind, often unproductively. Being in the moment frees us to experience life more fully, which is a good thing. But might this edict have a shadow side? Like any rule or declaration, it has limitations and is prone to misunderstanding. Discursive thinking — going around in circles with our thoughts — does not get us far. We often haphazardly stray from one thought to another; the chain of association may keep us spinning our...

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