August 26, 2014Aggressive behavior is a common issue facing today’s youth. Although urban minority youth are at high risk for exposure to aggression and violence, many aggressive intervention programs are designed with (and for) suburban non-ethnic minority youth. In a recent study published in Development and Psychopathology, my colleagues and I examined several areas that have largely been understudied in the context of African-American adolescents within urban community settings. Specifically, our aim was to better understand the factors associated with aggression and violence for these at-risk youth.
June 10, 2014Peer pressure and cyber bullying are unfortunate, but increasingly well-studied, facets of adolescent life. But what if these two behavior-influencing tactics were combined and used to fuel an over-the-top drinking game? In a new phenomenon called “Neknominate,” this is exactly what occurs. Read on to find out why older teens and adults are among the first victims of this extreme social media "challenge."
May 13, 2014The Violence Prevention Initiative is offering an introductory webinar to trauma-informed care aimed at pediatric clinical care providers on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
May 8, 2014As we commemorate today as National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, it helps to bring awareness to the significant relationship between violence and mental health. Although not all mental and behavioral health issues cause youth to become violent, some can increase the risk of violence for children. Therefore, awareness of mental health issues in children is pivotal to reducing the impact of their exposure to and involvement with violence.
April 22, 2014Today’s youth have to deal with issues related to violence (physical and verbal) daily. So, what do youth need to overcome these challenges? How can youth allow their strengths to shine through? At a recent Town Hall on Youth Violence in Philadelphia, a panel of four youth shared their collective wisdom.
March 20, 2014Learn how employing a whole-school approach to bullying prevention, rather than singling out the bully or the victim, can lead to a culture of acceptance and empowerment.
March 13, 2014All of us have been there. You are in a hospital reception area, riding public transit, or some other public gathering space. You see a parent telling a young child they are stupid or to shut up or is yanking their arm forcefully. It’s not rising to the level of “child abuse” for reporting purposes, but in your heart you know that those small, daily acts of violence can add up and have a real impact on that child’s development and well-being. You want to intervene for that child but you don’t know how or what would be helpful. Read how one kind word or gesture could help defuse the situation.
February 13, 2014Events that bring community organizations and academic institutions together embody the tenet of community-based participatory research. One such event is Community-driven Research Day, which was hosted at CHOP in January.
January 21, 2014Since September, a CHOP team composed of researchers and educational facilitators have been working with fourth grade students and their teachers at Philadelphia's Childs Elementary School through the classroom-based Preventing Relational Aggression in Schools Everyday (PRAISE) Program. PRAISE is one component of CHOP’s Partner for Prevention (P4P) program, a school-based bullying prevention program designed to help at-risk 3rd-5th grade students learn to recognize and control their anger while promoting friendship-making skills.