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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Parent with student
For military families with a dependent with autism, intervention based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only evidence-based therapy that TRICARE will cover. ABA is a behavior-intervention therapy that utilizes the collection of behavioral data in order to create an effective treatment plan. However, until recently TRICARE only covered ABA treatments for dependents of active duty service...
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Soldiers exiting a helicopter
It’s important for us to utilize research to understand the family related issues that all service members encounter.  Unfortunately, reserve component personnel are often underrepresented in the limited number of research studies that are available.   An exception is the RAND Deployment Experiences of Guard and Reservist Families study which polled 653 families from the Army Reserve, Army...
Friday, September 28, 2012
Two schoolgirls bully a younger girl
Bullies intend to harm or make their victims afraid through repeated aggression. The aggression may be physical, verbal, or social and relational (e.g., cyberbullying). The goal of the bully is to be perceived as being more powerful than the victim (whether by social status, physical stature, or other factors). This behavior happens in familiar social groups. Sometimes people think of bullying...
Monday, September 24, 2012
Never Leave A Marine Behind
LCDR Andrew Martin (US Navy) of the USMC Suicide Prevention Section visited Penn State University on September 14 to present a series of talks on suicide and suicide prevention in the military context. More than 25 faculty and students from across Penn State attended. LCDR Martin, a clinical psychologist by training, discussed suicide rates in the military, the risk factors associated with...
Monday, September 10, 2012
It’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and, thankfully, this week there is good news from Philadelphia - childhood obesity appears to be on the decline! A study released last week from the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that the overall prevalence of obesity in the Philadelphia school district significantly decreased (i.e., 4.8%) between the 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 school years...
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
When a military parent is injured, his or her toddler will not be able to fully comprehend what has happened. However, it would be a mistake to think that a young child does not sense differences in the environment and changes in the moods of caregivers.  Zero to Three® has released a brochure outlining six steps that can be taken to comfort and help a very young child understand when a military...
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
School is back in session for millions of children across the United States.  It is a good time to think about how to incorporate one’s daily commute to school (or work) into an active lifestyle!  This is especially important since the most recent National Poll on Children’s Health from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital last week revealed that U.S. adults rate “not enough exercise” as the primary...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Earlier this summer the New York Times published a fascinating article about the human microbiome, the name given to the trillions of microbes we share our bodies with.  Many of the relationships we have with our microbe inhabitants are beneficial and contribute to our health and survival.  The extent of these relationships is not well-understood, but is emerging as an important field of study. ...
Monday, August 27, 2012
Youth empowerment programs (YEPs) typically use active participation, positive connections, and mastery of experience to achieve positive outcomes across many life domains.  Proponents suggest that there is relevant theory (e.g., self-efficacy) to substantiate the impact of YEPs on healthy development.  However, is there evidence to support the use of YEPs?  Not according to the results of a...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
When compared to service members of previous conflicts, today’s active duty military personnel are more likely to be parents.  A recent RAND report investigated how the deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have affected U.S. service members and their families.  The authors cited a RAND Children on the Homefront study that was designed to collect data from 1,500 military children and their...

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