News from the Field Related to Wraparound

Wilderness Therapy: The Bad and the Good

January 28, 2023

More than 120,000 teens in the US enter behavioral modification programs every year – but not all their methods are helpful. In this article, a young adult reflects on their experiences – both bad and good – with wilderness therapy.

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Gaming May Help Cognitive Performance

January 27, 2023

A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who reported playing video games for three hours per day or more performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory compared to children who had never played video games.

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Brief Intervention Strategies Hold Promise

January 27, 2023

Brief interventions, some as short as a single session, are a promising strategy to better match many families’ needs and help address the increasing number of children with behavioral health concerns amidst the behavioral health workforce crisis.

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ACES Screen Increases Service Uptake

January 27, 2023

Screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) increases the reception of behavioral health services among children and adolescents, according to a recent study.

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Exercise Effective Against Depression

January 27, 2023

Intervening with physical activity appears to mitigate depressive symptoms in children and adolescents, a systematic review and meta-analysis of almost 2,500 participants found.

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Research Shows Music Benefits Mental Health

December 11, 2022

A meta-analysis of music interventions provided clear and quantitative moderate-quality evidence that music interventions are associated with clinically significant changes in mental health.

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How a Child’s Mental Health Impacts Caregiver Employment

December 11, 2022

This new report seeks to understand the ways children’s mental health may be contributing to parents’ job changes. The reality is children’s mental health and well-being continue to impact parents’ work and influence their job decisions, underscoring the realities employers across the nation face as they balance employee well-being and corporate success. Disruptions due to children’s mental health can reportedly lead to the inability to handle job stress, focus on work goals, take pleasure in work, and more. Among the key findings from the report: One-third of working parents report changing or quitting their jobs in the past two years because of their child’s mental health.

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Surfing, Dancing, Rollerskating Prescribed for Young People

December 11, 2022

For a new research study in Britain, young people will take part in surfing, rollerskating and gardening to see whether sport, the arts and outdoor activities can make them less anxious and depressed. An earlier, smaller study found involvement improved young people’s personal and mental wellbeing, especially among those who were feeling the worst at the outset, and reduced loneliness.

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The Active Ingredients in Effective Interventions

December 11, 2022

This two-part report summarizes what we’ve learned about the evidence for ‘active ingredients’ of effective interventions for youth anxiety and depression – these are the aspects of interventions that make a difference in preventing or managing anxiety and depression.

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Welfare Payments Keep Kids Out of Foster Care

December 11, 2022

Researchers have discovered a link between access to welfare payments and foster care. As many as 29,000 fewer children may have entered the foster care system during the 12-year study if U.S. states had made it easier for poor families to receive cash through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

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