Sibling Bullying: What’s the Big Deal?

Sibling bullying is a type of violence that is prevalent in the lives of most children, but little is known about it, researchers say. Clemson University psychology professor Robin Kowalski said the phenomenon has been overlooked. Kowalski and and co-author Jessica Skinner explored the extent to which sibling bullying is viewed to be normal and the perceived differences between victims and perpetrators. They recently published their findings in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The purpose Read More

Editorial: Family violence – Start with education

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s decision to highlight family violence in her first speech to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has particular resonance in Saskatchewan – the province with the worst record on this issue. Ambrose, who took on her new role in a cabinet shuffle last month, told the CMA’s annual meeting in Calgary Monday that spousal violence – along with elder and child abuse and other family violence – has “far-reaching” harmful effects Read More

9 Signs You’re At Risk For Domestic Violence

Last weekend, celebrity abusers Chris Brown and Oscar Pistorius popped up in headlines again, but this time it wasn’t for their respective assault convictions and murder trials. Instead, Brown was lauded for his performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna, whom he attacked during an argument in 2009, skipped the show. Pistorius, meanwhile, announced through his manager that he will not compete in races for the rest of the year. His decision was Read More

A Parent’s Guide to Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green

In many ways, Disney’s latest family film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, defies genres in the current movie marketplace, harkening back to the family-focused films of days gone by.  It’s a family movie about a family.  It’s not geared towards children per se, but it is absolutely a family film, with a story line and themes that will entertain both kids and parents.  It’s not a kids’ film that adults will tolerate, nor is Read More

Report: More domestic violence education needed

Few actions were taken to prevent many of the 18 domestic violence deaths in Connecticut in 2010, despite warning signs that the victims faced potential harm, according to a report released Tuesday that called for more public education about the issue. The report was compiled by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, which includes victims’ relatives, victim advocates, police, prosecutors and social service providers. The committee said the Read More

Stopping Child Abuse Before it Occurs

An important step toward preventing child abuse is identifying those children who are at the greatest risk for being abused. Looking at the household as a whole can provide clues. A small study involving children who shared a home with an abused child reveals that medical professionals should examine these "contact" children for evidence of abuse as well, even if there are no obvious outward signs of maltreatment. In the study, led by Daniel M. Read More

Top 5 HHS Programs Endangering Women and Children

The so-called "War on Women" is raging, and billions of your tax dollars are being misused to fuel it via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The solution is to remove the middle class from the welfare roles and do away with gender-based funding incentives. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program it created transformed welfare policy by drastically reducing Read More

Violent teens may be emulating parents’ example

Teens who fight may be emulating adult relatives or have parents with aggressive attitudes, according to a new study led by an Indian origin researcher. Rashmi Shetgiri, assistant professor of paediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, says: "Parents and other adults in the family have a substantial influence on adolescents’ engagement in fighting. Interventions to prevent fighting, therefore, should involve parents and teens." Shetgiri and her colleagues conducted 12 focus groups with 65 Read More