Federal Data Show Decreasing Rates of Bullying and Violence in Schools

BULLYING, VIOLENCE, crime and drug use in schools continue to decrease, as they have for much of the last two decades, despite public perception that schools have become less safe over the past 20 years. New federal data published Wednesday by the Departments of Education and Justice show that 20% of students ages 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school during the 2016-17 school year, the lowest since the federal government began collecting the information in Read More

One in Three U.S. Teens Experience Dating Violence, Girls More Likely to Get Physical

Research presented today at the American Psychological Association convention in Honolulu shows that about one in three U.S. teens ages 14 to 20 have been victims of dating violence, and about the same amount say they’ve committed relationship violence themselves. A separate study also unveiled at the convention shows that middle school bullies who engage in non-physical taunts, such as name-calling and spreading rumors, are seven times more likely than other children to commit dating Read More

Mental Health: A Teen`s Guide To Survive Stress

Stress- Good or Bad Your father is stressed with a big project at his workplace. But he is excited. Your mother is stressed taking care of your sick grandmother and working. Quite often she is tired and cranky. Everyone is exposed to stress everyday. But feeling the stress is your body`s reaction to something you may or may not want to do. Feeling stressed is normal. Sometimes stress is good. It keeps you focused and 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

Guns and Mental Health

As we debate the steps to reducing gun violence in the society a couple points need to be understood: 1. The link between violent crime and mental illness is weak, and 2. Mental health professionals are poor at predicting anyone’s propensity for any specific behavior, including homicide. Although it is mass shootings, particularly the massacre of school children in Newtown, that capture our attention and have accelerated the current discussion, Americans for the most part 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

Real-Life Exposure to Violence Disrupts a Child’s Sleep Habits

A new study finds that the exposure to real-life violence can measurably impact a child’s sleep and the effects can last over time. The findings, presented at the SLEEP 2012 meeting in Boston last week, show how the severity of a violent event affects a child’s quality and quantity of sleep . The more severe the violence, the more sleep is impacted. While trouble with nightmares and insomnia has long been associated with exposure to Read More

Cuero students take bullying into their own hands

Like most great schemes in middle school, this one was conjured up at the lunch table. A group of sixth-grade students at Cuero Junior High School, discussing their own experiences with bullying, wanted to help younger kids avoid some of the perils they had gone through. They settled on adapting a comic written by classmate Allison Spitzenberger into a play for third-graders called "The Adventures of Bob." "I wanted to write the play because there’s 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

One in six seventh graders are victims of dating violence: survey

Seventh-grade students have experienced alarming rates of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner, including being shoved, grabbed, hit or kicked, a survey of middle schoolers showed on Thursday. Nearly one in six of 1,430 students surveyed, most of whom were just 12 years old, said they had experienced physical dating violence in the past six months, while more than one in three had witnessed such violence among their peers. Moreover, nearly a Read More