Advocacy and Policy News

Online Support Can Help Spouses of Alcoholics

March 4th, 2015
Women married to men with alcohol abuse problems can face a host of barriers that prevent them from obtaining necessary support. A new program, developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), helps these women receive Internet-based, interactive support program. Approximately ...

Study Finds Family Therapy More Effective for Depressed Preadolescents

March 4th, 2015
New research suggests Family Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT) is more effective for treating preadolescent children with depression than child-centered therapy (CCT). Many are concerned that preadolescents with depressive disorders may be under-diagnosed and go untreated. This occurs because those presenting for outpatient treatment with ...

Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

March 4th, 2015
Young women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of a troubled childhood are at greater risk for a variety of negative psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), found that women with ADHD who have ...

CBT for Kids’ Anxiety Can Have Lasting Benefits

March 4th, 2015
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach frequently used to treat childhood anxiety. New research suggests that when CBT is successful in reducing the childhood anxiety, the technique also conveys considerable benefit years after the treatment. In a new study, Penn Medicine researchers found ...

Tearjerkers Tend to Jack Up Popcorn Sales

March 3rd, 2015
Researchers from Cornell University have found that sad movies are associated with a large increase in popcorn consumption. Specifically, scientists from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab showed moviegoers watching tearjerkers consumed more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater ...

Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis

March 3rd, 2015
Children with dyslexia must be diagnosed early and given treatment as soon as possible, say experts. The current state of dyslexia research and treatment are discussed by Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., and Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, in ...

Perception of Control Helps Women Rebound from Trauma

March 3rd, 2015
New research suggests women who believe they have control over life circumstances and have strong social support experience better psychological recovery after an assault. Investigators studied 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related, potentially traumatic event. They found that ...

New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research challenges strategies that have historically been used to encourage healthy eating. Four new perspectives were presented in a symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice," presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference. To begin, a study ...

Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

March 2nd, 2015
Psychological research has never been the same after social media opened up a digital world of big data. During a recent conference, researchers discussed new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, ...

Does Money = Happiness ?

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research looks at the relationship between money and well-being and finds conflicting evidence on the link between money and happiness. Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases -- money spent on doing -- may provide more enduring ...