Teenagers Mixing Energy Drinks With Alcohol

The practice of mixing energy drinks with alcohol is quite common amongst teenagers and young adults. There is a misguided belief that the mixture of the two allows one to drink for a longer period of time, and heightens one’s ability to safely drive while under the influence. While the energy drink may give the...
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Suicide In Rural America: Isolation, Stigma and Firearms

Have you ever lived in a rural community? Rural America can be simultaneously beautiful and isolating. You might find this to be an unusual question. Have you ever lived in a rural community? Based on the 2010 census only 19.3% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas, while 80.7% of the population resided in...
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Study: Examines Stress, Rumination and Depression

How often do you reminisce about your adolescent years?  The word “reminisce” infers a pleasant experience. Don’t you think? Consider meeting with childhood friends, paging through scrapbooks, attending a family reunion…or just daydreaming about days gone by. We might recall great teachers, school plays, dances, sporting events, and graduations. But for as many wonderful memories...
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Zosia Mamet Invites You To “Make Your Mark”

“Let’s diminish the stigma. Let’s remind one another that we’re beautiful. Maybe you’ll help a friend. Maybe you’ll help yourself. And if you’re reading this and you’re suffering, please know you’re not alone. Tell someone: The people who love you will listen, I promise. And you’ll feel better.”     Zosia Mamet, Glamour Magazine – September...
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Study: “Cool” Kids Seem To Struggle With Adulthood

The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every generation has their “cool” kids… It’s true. If you think back to your own grammar and high-school days there might be certain classmates that you thought of as “cool.” Maybe you even wanted to be one of the “cool” kids. Perhaps secretly you liked...
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FACEBOOK: Check Your Newsfeeds ~ How Much Do You Learn About Childrearing?

Facebook logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What do you glean from FACEBOOK? You might think glean is the wrong verb to associate with FACEBOOK; however, we really do learn, discover, or find out about news or new ideas, usually little by little on FACEBOOK. Of course there are always the items that go “viral” – the...
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Collateral Damage: Our Childrens’ “War Torn” Mental Health

Do you ever watch CBS News Sunday Morning? CBS News Sunday Morning actually debuted 35 years ago this past January. It has a 90 minute format and was designed to invite their viewers to sit down, relax and enjoy the broadcast as if you were reading a magazine. Each segment can run anywhere from 10...
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Kids And Heroin: The Adolescent Epidemic

“The gathering tragedy is that Ralphie is not special. Heroin, long considered the affliction of the criminal, the derelict, the debauched, is increasingly attacking America’s children. Part of the dread and the danger of the problem is that it spreads all too invisibly. No one knows how many heroin addicts of any age there are...
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Bullying “Mean Girls” Style From Kindergarten Through High School…Watch Out For “Yik Yak”

It seems bullying is starting in kindergarten… Just this past week an ABC News headline caught our attention – ‘Mean Girls’-Style Bullying Happening in Kindergarten. Since we were working on a bullying series we decided to check it out. After watching the news video and perusing the transcript, we realized that it would be helpful...
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Bullying: Its Effects On Physical Activity And Quality Of Life

Women’s physical education exhibition in Herron Gymnasium 1916 (Photo credit: Miami U. Libraries – Digital Collections) Study examines effects of teasing on young children and exercise In the January/February 2014 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology the results of a new study about teasing and bullying were published: Associations Between Teasing, Quality of Life,...
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