The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — the largest, most important public health study you never heard of — began in an obesity clinic

A very important study.

ACEs Too High

Mentions of the ACE Study – the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — have shown up in the New York Times, This American Life, and recently. In the last year, it’s become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, juvenile justice, mental health, pediatrics, criminal justice and even business. Many people say that just as everyone should be aware of her or his cholesterol score, so should everyone know her or his ACE score. But what is this study? And why is it so important to, well, almost everyone in 2012, the same way polio became important to almost everyone in the 1950s? Here’s the backstory.

The ACE Study – probably the most important public health study you never heard of – had its origins in an obesity clinic on a quiet street in San Diego.

It was 1985, and Dr. Vincent Felitti was mystified…

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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids?

A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

By Amy Joe

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.

I know, you’d think they are or that parents are teaching that themselves, right? Not so, according to a new study released by the group.

About 80 percent of the youth in the study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”

Weissbourd and his cohorts have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. Why is this important? Because if we want our children to be moral people, we have to, well, raise them that way.

empati“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood,” the researchers write. Baca lebih lanjut

Kekerasan verbal (3): Apakah psikoterapi dapat membantu menghentikan kekerasan verbal?

Apakah psikoterapi dapat membantu menghentikan kekerasan verbal?

Oleh: Margaretha

counseling dvPsikoterapi masalah kekerasan perlu dilakukan bagi korban dan pelaku KDRT. Untuk menghentikan masalah KDRT secara menyeluruh, hanya membantu korban untuk pulih saja tidaklah cukup. Dalam persoalan KDRT yang pelik, ada beberapa figur terkait yang juga perlu dipertimbangkan: korban langsung, pelaku dan korban tidak langsung. Ketiganya membutuhkan bantuan, jika sungguh ingin menghentikan rantai kekerasan secara utuh. Baca lebih lanjut