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Childhood Stress and Adult Chronic Disease

February 24, 2022 | NWI

How is ongoing, severe stress and adversity in early childhood connected to chronic disease in adults? And, what can we do about it? In this animated video from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, learn what the latest science tells us about how early experiences affect not only early learning and school readiness, but also lifelong health.

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Child Psychiatrist Questions Assumptions about Diagnosis and Treatment

February 24, 2022 | NWI

In this interview, Dr. Abi-Jaoude describes his interest in how social factors influence how we view the experiences of youth and in asking critical questions about some of psychiatry’s assumptions about diagnosis and treatment, particularly the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. He is coauthor of a journal article taking a second look at the research behind the famous Study 329, which found that certain psychiatric drugs did not improve teenagers’ depression symptoms better than no drugs, as had been claimed.

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Young Men of Color Present Their Research on Mental Health

February 24, 2022 | NWI

A cohort of Black and brown men 21 years and younger, undertook research based on the premise that they are best equipped to research their own community’s experience with mental health and make recommendations for effective change. The researchers conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups with peers about mental health.

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Shadow Foster Care

January 21, 2022 | NWI

Over the past decade, states have increasingly institutionalized “hidden” foster care, when caseworkers persuade parents to send their children to live with someone they know, often by threatening a foster placement if they refuse. Unlike the foster system, this shadow system is not designed to protect children or to support caregivers.

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Parents Billed for Costs of Foster Care

January 21, 2022 | NWI

A recent investigation found that it’s common in every state for parents to get a bill for the cost of foster care. Those bills can bury parents in debt and make it harder to create the stable home they need to get their children back – and to keep them from being taken again.

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Evidence for Culturally Specific/Responsive Programs in Child Welfare

January 21, 2022 | NWI

Children and families of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. This brief provides an overview of 10 culturally specific and two culturally responsive programs and services designed by tribal communities and communities of color and the evidence for each.

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

January 21, 2022 | NWI

Children who are deemed “sensitive” or “picky” might be struggling with a treatable condition.

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Single-Session Intervention Helps Teen Depression

January 21, 2022 | NWI

A study of more than 2,400 adolescents ages 13 to 16 shows that two online, single-session interventions designed to help curb teen depression are effective. This kind of tool is very much needed given a rise in teen depression and mental health workforce shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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How to Reduce Child Poverty in the US

November 14, 2021 | NWI

This short video from the Institute for Research on Poverty focuses on how to upgrade public programs so that they are more effective in reducing child poverty, particularly for those children in the most vulnerable families.

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Fear of Coming Out for LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care

November 14, 2021 | NWI

This editorial in USA Today argues that, for many LGBTQ+ young people living in foster care, celebrating their identity openly could have dire consequences. It is fear of these consequences that silences LGBTQ+ young people and creates an invisible population that is overrepresented in foster care.

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