News From The Field

Resource Guide: Culturally Responsive Approaches

March 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families has published Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations. The resources identified in this new guide can help organizations understand the role of culture in their work, and develop or adapt services for clients of different cultures, with the goal of working more effectively across cultures.

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New Study: Ethnic-Racial Exploration Positive for Adolescent Development

March 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor

New preliminary research conducted at Arizona State University and published recently in Child Development suggests that adolescents benefit from exploring and resolving their ethnic-racial identity, leading to higher self-esteem and better mental health. This small trial used the Identity Project intervention developed at Arizona State with 218 ninth grade students in the Southwest United States to test if it would boost adolescents’ exploration and resolution of ethnic-racial identity. The students who participated in the curriculum were surveyed afterwards and researchers found they had increased their exploration of ethnic-racial identity.

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Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners: Best Practices for Residential Interventions

March 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) and the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have created a resource guide for judges and legal partners when deciding on the use of a residential intervention for children and adolescents. Although services and supports for youth and their families are generally best delivered in their home and community, there are circumstances when a residential intervention may be appropriate. This resource offers guidelines for evaluating residential programs, such as the criteria that consistent support for the family (birth, kin or foster) should always be included.

Access the Best Practices for Residential Interventions Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners»

Research: Poverty’s Negative Impact on Children’s Mental Health

March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent study in England tracked more than 6,000 families over time to measure the impact of poverty on the family members’ mental health. At the outset, none of families were in poverty and none had mental health problems when their child was 3 years old. By the time the children were 11 years old, 14 percent of the families had moved into poverty. The researchers found that the children who moved into poverty were 40 percent more likely to develop social, emotional or behavioral problems.

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Research Review: Strategies to Improve Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents

March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

At the end of 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a review of research in which they evaluated 17 studies to assess the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies focused on improving the mental health care of children and adolescents. They found that the majority of strategies had at least some evidence of effectiveness.

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Research: Improved Resiliency Following Trauma-Focused CBT

March 14, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Recent research published this month in Child Abuse & Neglect , measured the impact of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for youth (7–17 years old) impacted by child sexual abuse (CSA). Results suggest that completing TF-CBT reduces symptom distress (i.e., PTSD and depression), and seems to lead to “greater feelings of mastery and emotional relatedness, and reduced emotional reactivity to stresses”.

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Study: Effects of Trauma-Informed Care Training

March 7, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Research recently published in Children and Youth Services Review includes the authors’ evaluation of the effectiveness of a training program using a modified version of a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) curriculum accessible through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The study found that participants’ TIC knowledge increased after training, and their knowledge was still maintained in the 12-month follow-up test.

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New Research Finds Unique Fingerprint-Like Pattern in Human Brain

February 28, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study by researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway published recently in Nature Neuroscience, found unique, fingerprint-like patterns in the human brain. These unique network patterns develop during childhood and adolescence. Children and adolescents with mental illness symptoms were found to have a delay in the way these brain network patterns developed.

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When a child alleges sexual abuse: A guide for educators

February 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created a guide for educators’ to help them in determining the best ways to respond and support students in the event of a child alleging sexual abuse.

Read “When a Child Alleges Sexual Abuse by an Educator or other School Staff: An Educators’ Guide to Appropriate Response and Support”»

Black History Month Q&A with NBCDI President and CEO Tobeka G. Green

February 21, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this Q&A, Tobeka G. Green, President and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) shares ideas for helping children to appreciate diversity.

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