Prevention Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Physical Fitness Linked to Better Mental Health in Young People

May 13, 2024 | NWI

A new largescale study bolsters existing research suggesting that exercise can protect against anxiety, depression and attention challenges.

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Supporting Positive Youth Development in Any Setting

March 9, 2024 | NWI

Decades of research have demonstrated that learning and development are fundamentally shaped by the quality of relationships and experiences in the settings where young people and adults interact. High-quality youth programs focus on the experiences that young people have in these settings. Adults can develop their practice to support learning and development more effectively by understanding the things they can do to create and support these high-quality experiences. This new report describes how.

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Strong Social Networks Key for Young People’s Mental Health

February 3, 2024 | NWI

New research demonstrates that having strong social networks, or a set of individuals a person is connected to, can make people more resilient to symptoms of anxiety and depression, particularly among young adults whose social lives and relationships were disrupted by COVID-19.

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Toolkit Highlights Using Wraparound to Address Disparities in Child Welfare

January 8, 2024 | NWI

This toolkit centers racial equity in family sustainability. The recommended approach includes high-fidelity Wraparound and focuses on prevention.

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Behavioral Threat Assessment in Schools: Evidence, Fit, and Appropriateness

October 30, 2023 | NWI

School violence, including school-based gun violence, is a major public health issue that has negative consequences for students, families, schools, and communities. One approach that schools have adopted to address school violence is behavioral threat assessment (BTA). This report describes the current state of BTA implementation and its effectiveness, and provides recommendations for schools, policymakers, funders, and researchers on addressing BTA use in schools.

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Misdiagnosis of Mood Disorders in Black Teenagers

October 30, 2023 | NWI

Research shows that kids of color, specifically Black kids, may be more likely than white kids to get the wrong diagnosis when they show signs of a mood disorder. They might get written off as misbehaving. Or they might be wrongly diagnosed with a different disorder like conduct disorder. This article discusses why this might be happening and what can be done to ensure proper diagnosis.

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Children Participating in Sports Have Better Long-Term Mental Health

September 24, 2023 | NWI

A new study that analyzed data on more than 4,200 children over an eight-year period has found children who regularly participate in sports from an early age will have better long term mental health.

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What’s the Best Way to Praise Children?

September 24, 2023 | NWI

Research shows that calling kids gifted and talented isn’t the best way to praise them. Certain types of praise can inadvertently stunt a child’s performance. This blog and video describe how to praise children in a way that helps them develop a growth mindset.

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Navigating SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) with Older Youth

September 24, 2023 | NWI

While many SEL programs and much of the research to date have focused on elementary school-aged children, more recent research shows that middle and high school-aged youth can also show substantial benefits from explicit opportunities for social and emotional development. This blog explores the benefits of and enabling conditions for high-quality SEL programs for young people in middle and high school.

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‘Anti-Dopamine Parenting’ Can Curb Children’s Cravings

July 23, 2023 | NWI

Parents are constantly being told they have to limit how much junk food their children can eat or how long they allow them to use their devices. This can be a struggle, but neuroscientists now know what’s happening in a child’s brain that drives this overconsumption, and what parents can do to counteract the cravings that lead children to overconsume.

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