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Childhood Neglect, Not Abuse, Best Predicter of Violence in Teen Boys

August 20th, 2014
Boys who have been physically neglected are at greater risk of becoming violent teenagers than even those who have suffered from physical abuse, according to researchers at Penn State studying incarcerated male adolescents. Examples of physical neglect include not taking a sick or ...

Autistic Adults at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization

August 15th, 2014
A new study has found that adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization, due to a lack of sex education. “Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain more of their sexual knowledge from external sources such as the Internet ...

Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 10th, 2014
Smoking marijuana just once a week can have a “significant” negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing the health implications of legalizing marijuana at the ...

Brief Counseling Helps Alcohol Abuse, Does Not Help Substance Abuse

August 6th, 2014
Over the past decade the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has advocated for screening and brief interventions to address unhealthy alcohol and drug use. Physician's have been urged to screen for alcohol and substance abuse and to use office ...

Life Stressors Trigger Alcohol Problems in Vets

August 1st, 2014
Timely new research discovers civilian stress events are more likely to trigger alcohol problems among veterans than among non-military personnel. Investigators found returning National Guard soldiers -- regardless of the traumatic events they experienced -- were more likely to develop a drinking ...

For Women, Early Sexual Abuse Tied to Atherosclerosis Later in Life

July 20th, 2014
Women who were sexually abused as children often show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, this is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and ...

Parental Behavior Impacts Abuse Risk for Kids with Disabilities

July 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests inappropriate parental expectations and a lack of empathy can increase the risk of abuse among children with disabilities. Experts have known that children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at ...

Brain Activity in Sex Addicts Mirrors That of Drug Addicts

July 12th, 2014
A new study has found that pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behavior -- sometimes known as sex addiction -- similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge note that ...

Abusive Coaches Linked to Cheating by Players

July 8th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests that college athletes who have abusive coaches are more willing to cheat in order to win than players with more ethical coaches. The study is derived from a survey of almost 20,000 student athletes at more than 600 colleges ...

Female Veterans at Higher Risk for Partner Violence

July 7th, 2014
Over the past decade, researchers have learned that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant health issue faced by women veterans. However, until recently little has been known about women’s perception of the care they have been receiving. Now, a new study discovers that ...
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