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Mental health disorders, care increase among military children in US

May 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

According to research presented this month at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, mental health diagnoses and care significantly increased among children who received care in the Military Healthcare System within the last 15 years.

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Factors that Help Children Thrive in the Face of Adversity

May 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Research shows that people who experience four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as economic hardship, exposure to violence or the death of a loved one, are more likely to have lasting physical and mental health problems. But in a new study, “The Relative Contributions of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healthy Environments to Child Flourishing,” researchers found that even when children were exposed to ACEs, certain family and community strengths – most importantly access to patient-centered, coordinated medical care, mothers in excellent mental health and community supports – appeared to have a protective effect on health, social and behavioral outcomes.

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Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research

May 6, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new study shows that spanking children leads to greater defiance toward parents, as well as increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties. Published in this month’s Journal of Family Psychology the study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, analyzed five decades of research involving more than 160,000 children. The study focused specifically on what “American adults would consider spanking” as opposed to other potentially abusive behaviors.

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SAMHSA Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Short Report

May 5, 2016 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has issued a short report on children’s mental health, “Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services and Supports through
Systems of Care” to illustrate how serving children and adolescents within a system of care increases access to behavioral health services and
supports and improves outcomes.

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How Talking Openly Against Stigma Helped A Mother And Son Cope With Bipolar Disorder

May 2, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this profile, single mother of four, Liza Long, talks about how sharing her experience dealing with her then middle-school aged son helped lead to her son’s correct diagnosis and treatment for bipolar disorder. Last month, her son Walton, who is now 16, spoke at TEDx Boise to share his story and speak out against the stigmatization of mental illness.

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Poll On Children’s Health – Adults Believe Children’s Mental Health Worse Today

April 25, 2016 | Emily Taylor

According to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, 55 percent of adults polled believe kids’ mental health is worse today than for their own generation.

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CDC: Social Factors Associated with Children’s Behavioral Health

April 19, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study looking at health care, family, and community factors related to mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) among children aged two to eight years in the U.S. Researchers found that one out of seven children aged two to eight years were reported to have a diagnosed MBDD. Study findings highlight specific health care, family, and community factors that could be addressed through collaborative policy and programmatic efforts at national, state, and local levels.

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Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health

March 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this article, Daniel J. Flannery, Professor and Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University and Mark I. Singer, Professor of Family and Child Welfare, Case Western University, highlight study results on the negative impact of exposure to violence on children’s mental health. For example, high levels of exposure to violence (either as witness or victim) as children has been connected to greater levels of depression, anger and anxiety, as well as greater desensitization to violence.

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Can Big Data Predict Child Abuse?

March 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Innovators in child protective services around the country are looking at using data for predictive analytics as a tool for early intervention practices. However, the proposed implementation of some of the analysis of at-birth data is controversial. A director for the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California who has worked with Allegheny County in PA on a predictive analytics model, is quoted as saying: “We have 6 million children reported for abuse or neglect, and how you make triaging decisions early on absolutely impacts outcomes for that child and family…The use of predictive analytics in child welfare could change … the system.”

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New TA Resource: Expanding Early Childhood Systems of Care

March 30, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This new resource describes how the system of care (SOC) approach has been adapted to address the behavioral health needs of young children and their families, and how SAMHSA’s SOC Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements offer a strategic opportunity to meet the needs of this population.

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