• By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Monday 29th June, 2015

How to alter attitudes to smacking: show parents the facts

Many parents who believe in corporal punishment are unaware of the psychological as well as physical harm that spanking causes children. Exposing them to the facts provides a quick and easy way of persuading some, at least, to change their minds.A research team in Dallas, Texas investigated how young single people and parents would respond to on-line information about a growing fund of evidence li…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Wednesday 17th June, 2015

What leads to high fidelity? The mystery remains

Programs usually work better if they are implemented as the designers intended. So which teachers are most likely to do this? A recent study of the Responsive Classroom approach found little direct relationship between fidelity and teachers’ experience, education, or skills. But when they looked at teachers’ engagement with training, they found one tantalizing clue.For a classroom intervention…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Friday 12th June, 2015

Child protection service seeks culture change to combat “complex trauma” cases

Complex, multi-faceted problems faced by abused and neglected children demand well-considered, multi-faceted solutions. Expert help and care are essential, but no single activity is likely to prove sufficient in itself.Recognizing this, social work and other professionals in the US State of Massachusetts are attempting an ambitious transformation of services for children whose “complex trauma”…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Wednesday 03rd June, 2015

Life skills strategy aims for delayed first-use of legal substances

Alcohol and tobacco use are legal for adults in most countries around the world. Preventive interventions with children and young people must realistically focus on delaying first use and promoting responsible use rather than abstinence, according to the originator of a life skills program in Germany.Karina Weichold, a developmental psychologist at the University of Jena, notes in the German conte…

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