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The Choice No Parent Should Have to Make: The Case for Paid Family Leave

By Sara Buckingham (PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology and Community & Applied Social Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Like other American families, while Melissa and Rob eagerly anticipated the birth of their second child, they also had to decide how much time they could afford to take off work to care for their newborn. Physicians and psychologists recommend leave time of at least 6–8 weeks because: Leave benefits […]

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Does Fatigue Among U.S. Workers Contribute to a Lackluster Post-“Great Recession” Come-back?

By Bengt B. Arnetz, MD, PhD, MScEpi, MPH (Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University) The recovery after the “Great Recession” in terms of high-quality jobs and economic growth has been slow. This is usually attributed to economic reasons. However, I believe a major reason for the current challenges to a healthy economy is the nonsustainable working conditions facing […]

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How to Get Your Children to Eat Better, Brain’s Signaling Systems Might Determine PTSD Severity, How Terrorism Affects Voter Psychology and more- In Case You Missed It– December 14th, 2015

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address how to get your children to eat better, how the brain’s signaling systems might determine PTSD severity, how terrorism affects voter psychology, and more.  How to Get Your Children to Eat Better – The Wall Street Journal 18% of American children from […]

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Adjunct Faculty: Highly Educated, Working Hard for Society, and Struggling To Survive

National Adjunct Walkout Day protester

By Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD (Lecturer, Psychology Department, California State University, East Bay) When we think of people who live below the poverty line in the U.S., we often picture individuals who lack adequate medical care, who are homeless, who are unable to provide nutritious food for themselves and their families, and if young, people who are unable to prepare for their old age. Would you put college teachers in this […]

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Why We Still Need ENDA for Full Protection of LGBT Workers

Discrimination against LGBT employees

By Leo Rennie (Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) On June 16, the White House announced that President Barack Obama intends to sign an executive order banning employment discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center for American Progress offers a comprehensive review of the benefits of this executive order. This is a long awaited step in […]

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Let Us Care for Ourselves and Our Loved Ones

Mother with crying newborn

We are honored to publish this guest post by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the need for paid family and medical leave. By U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) If you have a baby, shouldn’t you be able to take time off from work to care for your newborn? Most of the world thinks so. In fact, every single country in the world ensures access to some form of paid maternity leave, except for […]

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Thank You, President Obama, for Addressing Stigma Against the Long-term Unemployed

Depressed job applicants

By Roberta Downing, PhD (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office) There are millions of unemployed workers who cannot get hired in the current job market. Of the 10.4 million Americans who are currently unemployed, 3.9 million have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks.[i] These workers face the ever-daunting prospect of getting hired in a job market that overwhelmingly discriminates against them. President […]

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