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Victims & Juries May Have Different Ideas on Punishment

October 29th, 2014
A person’s perspective appears to play a critical factor in the way we believe punishment should be used to restore justice. New psychological research discovers third parties -- such as a jury -- are more likely to use punishment as a means to ...

Good Luck Finding a Shrink

October 16th, 2014
A new study finds that scheduling an appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist is a grim challenge -- even those with private insurance or willing to pay cash have poor odds of actually seeing one. Harvard researchers attempted to access private outpatient psychiatric care ...

Stigma Still Major Barrier to Mental Health Care

September 7th, 2014
A new report notes that more than 40 percent of individuals with serious mental illness do not receive care, while many who begin treatment fail to complete it. A main factor is the stigma attached to mental illness, according to researchers. “The prejudice ...

Public Trust on the Decline

September 5th, 2014
Sadly, public trust is on the decline as a survey discovers trust in others and confidence in societal institutions is at their lowest point in more than 30 years. Investigators believe the survey findings reflect the growing issue of income inequality and rising ...

New Software Profiles Mindset of Military, Political Leaders

September 3rd, 2014
Many psychologists develop personality profiles to aid in job placement, online dating, and assessing criminal background. Now, a new computer program aims to classify the personality of military leaders, friend and foe alike. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev will discuss the ...

Comparing Adverse Effects of Marijuana, Alcohol

September 3rd, 2014
The emerging debate about whether marijuana is "safer" than other substances has led to a new study documenting how alcohol and marijuana use impacts the psychosocial well-being of high school seniors. Researchers affiliated with New York University published the study online ahead of ...

Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

August 28th, 2014
Despite public health warnings and medical concerns, childhood obesity in the U.S. remains high. A new study suggests a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies. Researchers ...

Family MD Could Be 1st Line of Defense for Abused Rural Women

August 24th, 2014
A new study shows that primary care physicians can be a critical resource for abused women in rural areas. But the study also found that many primary care physicians do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence (IPV), according to researchers at ...

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...

Kids With Jailed Family Member at Greater Risk for Poor Health as Adults

August 2nd, 2014
New research has found that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18 percent greater risk of experiencing poor health as adults. The study, from researchers at Brown University, suggests that the nation’s high rate of ...
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