What Can We Do About Youth Homelessness?

Somewhere between 1 and 1.7 million youth under the age of 18 are homeless in the United States, with often destructive consequences.  Young people who experience homelessness are at high risk for a variety of physical and mental health problems, violence and early death. [Read more…]

How Racism Affects Youth Health and Well-being

We’ve written previously about how racism affects the health and well-being of millions of Americans. The evidence demonstrates that people who experience racial discrimination are more likely to have a range of health problems, including poorer mental health and a lower quality of life.

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What to Do If a Loved One Self-Injures

Research shows that approximately 17 percent of youth intentionally injure themselves at some point – not in an effort to take their own lives, but as a cry for help or an emotional release. Self-injury is most common among teenagers, and more common among sexual minorities and youth with mental health disorders. [Read more…]

The Evidence on Elder Wisdom

For most people, the approaching holiday season includes more time with the extended family, including the elder generation.

Unfortunately, older adults are often diminished in the popular media and by society as a whole; they are frequently portrayed as sick, frail, unproductive and behind-the-times. Yet there’s an expansive body of evidence that demonstrates the benefits of older adults’ wisdom and the value of fostering communication across generations. [Read more…]

Sex Education and Parenting: What We Know

When you think of sex education, the first thing that comes to mind may be a classroom full of giggling and blushing middle school students. But there is clear evidence that the foundations for sex education – and much of what determines adolescents’ knowledge, attitudes and behavior – comes from parents and guardians at home. [Read more…]

Parenting Classes: Helpful at Any Age

The early bird gets the worm.”
“Begin as you mean to go on.”
“The earlier, the better.” [Read more…]

How to More Effectively Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Every day, children in the United States experience sexual abuse. It’s difficult to determine how widespread this problem is because child sexual abuse is not uniformly defined and most certainly under-reported. The best data available tells us that more than 25 percent of girls and 5 percent of boys experience sexual abuse at some point during their formative years. [Read more…]

The Evidence on Kids, Sleep, and School Start Times

It’s nearly time for kids across the country to head back to school and that means—for most kids—waking up bright and early. While early mornings are not often problematic for younger kids, tweens and teens often struggle to get up in the morning. [Read more…]

How To Treat the Growing Problem of Childhood Anxiety

Whether it’s feeling nervous to attend a new school, afraid of a scary looking bug, or scared of the dark, most children experience some form of anxiety. But up to one in three children experience more severe anxiety that affects their ability to learn and socialize. [Read more…]

What Happens When We Separate Families

Over the past several months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – has been separating parents and their children seeking asylum at the U.S. border. In the vast majority of cases, these children have been taken to care institutions while their parents are detained in jail. [Read more…]

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