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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Racial and Ethnic Socialization (RES) Beyond the Curriculum

All parents have probably noticed that raising a child is not only the parent’s job. You are constantly getting input from other family members, friends and teachers. Children spend more than half their day in school so it is safe to say that the school system, and those who work in it, play a huge role in your child’s life. That means that answering tough questions on topics like race and ethnicity is a challenge that teachers will have to face.

Can a Bystander Make a Difference in Sexual Assault Prevention?

By Amy Zavadil , PhD (Associate Dean for Equity and Title IX Coordinator at Barnard College) Federal law now requires colleges and universities to provide bystander skills training to all new students and employees.  Teaching bystander skills to all students and employees in college or university settings is necessary, but not sufficient to shift culture.  The current… Read More ›

The time is now for mental health reform, Every Day, In All-Gender Restrooms: the Signs Reflect the Times and more- In Case You Missed It– November 9th, 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 the time is now for mental health reform, in all-gender restrooms: the signs reflect the times and more. The time is now for mental health reform- The Washington… Read More ›

Is the Minimum Wage a Psychological Matter? (Spoiler Alert: Yes)

By Gabriel Twose (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) Do you think that the field of psychology has anything to say about the minimum wage?  In a recent article in American Psychologist, Laura Smith of Columbia University argues that psychology has much to contribute.  Psychological research contributes to our understanding… Read More ›

When Girls Compulsively Text,Their Grades Suffer, Children Treated for Mental Health by Pediatricians, Kroger Tips Scales on Trans Health Care and more- In Case You Missed It– October 19, 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 the impact of when girls compulsively text, children treated for mental health by pediatricians, Kroger tipping scales on trans health care and more.  APA Exclusive – When Girls… Read More ›

What Can We Do to Improve Bisexuals’ Mental Health?

By Tania Israel, PhD (Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara) I had never been in a room with so many known bisexuals. Approximately 100 bisexual advocates, researchers, and community members from all over the U.S. were gathered in the historic Eisenhower Executive Office Building for the first ever White… Read More ›

Joining with SAMHSA to Support Mental and Behavioral Health in All American Communities

By Norman. B. Anderson, PhD (CEO, American Psychological Association) Mental and behavioral health matter for all Americans.  Do all Americans have equal access to mental health care? In 2001, then U. S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, released his report, Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity.  The report found profound differences in access to and… Read More ›

Japanese family in the park

ACT in Japan: Bridging Cultures to Help Families Raise Children without Violence

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is the third in a series of posts about APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program. ACT-RSK teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. Read our first and second posts in the series here and here. By Reiko True, PhD & Nahoko Nishizawa, PsyD (ACT Raising… Read More ›

Frustrated Latino parents with sullen teenage son

“I Don’t Understand My Children”: Addressing Acculturation Stress in Latino Families

By Carmen Valdez, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families) When many Latino immigrant parents say, “I don’t understand my children!” they are often using the statement literally and figuratively. Many Latino immigrant parents experience a break down in family communication because they only speak Spanish and their children only speak English.  The… Read More ›

Young biracial girl from Cheerios commercial

Cheerios and Controversy: The Changing Face of America’s Multiracial Children and Families

By Laurie “Lali” McCubbin, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families) A recent Cheerios commercial of a multiracial family with a biracial child caused quite a stir in the media.  When presented with images of racially ambiguous faces and multiracial families, many people responded with a range of feelings from celebration, unease to… Read More ›

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