Child Victimization on the Decline

You may not know it from looking at the news, but the rates of many forms of child maltreatment and victimization may actually be falling. A recent study from JAMA Pediatrics documents the rate youth victimization from 2003 to 2011. Random telephone surveys (those annoying phone calls we often get and ignore) were conducted in […]

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Childhood Bullying Linked to Adult Chronic Inflammation

Can getting bullied make you sick?  Bullying is getting a lot of attention and perhaps deservedly so.  Research continues to show that being bullied in childhood can have profound and long-lasting negative effects both behaviorally and relative to other health outcomes. A recent study by Bill Copeland (a psychologist who, by the way, received his […]

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Findings from the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011

The Department of Health conducts a survey among high school and now middle school students in Vermont every two years to query about behaviors that are known to contribute to injury and disease.  The 2011 survey has recently been recently released.  Highlights for the 2011 survey in comparison to the 2009 survey include the following. […]

Bullying – What You Can Do

Kids bullying other kids used to be seen as an innocent rite of passage.  Research has shown, however, that bullying can have severe and sometimes tragic consequences. New technology, such as social networking internet sites, now can extend the reach of bullies form the confines of school and into the homes of all children with […]

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