Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Violence Prevention

The Choking Game- Assessing the Risks

We have blogged about dangerous fads in the past, but the “choking game” is the first to my knowledge to be directly tied to a higher rate of suicidal ideation and poorer mental health among certain teen participants.

New Resource Alert: Youth Suicide Prevention Webinar Recording

CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative has a new resource available-- a recorded webinar on the topic of suicide prevention in children and adolescents.

Suicide Happens Among Young Children- Part 2

In a previous post, we shared new information about suicide in young children-- including research that showed that young black children were at particular risk for completing suicide. Read more about the nuances of screening for and managing suicidal thoughts in young children

Suicide Happens Among Young Children

Patty Huang shares implications for practitioners of a new study describing suicide among elementary school-age children.

Having an Incarcerated Parent: The mental health needs of affected children

This guest blog from Research Experiences for Undergraduates student Ellyn Butler explores the short- and long-term outcomes for children with incarcerated mothers.

How Do Our Communities Recover from Recent Shooting Deaths?

Guest Blogger Krista Mehari, PhD provides perspective to help Research & Action community to process and cope with recent shootings.

Perspective From Philly Gay Pride Festival

Interactions at Gay Pride Festival confirmed "it gets better" but reminds us to better support LGBTQ youth earlier, such as with inclusive school climates.

Decreasing "Mean Girl" Aggression Associated With Better Behavior Across Classroom

CHOP's Friend to Friend program has been proven effective for reducing the relational aggression of urban African-American 3rd to 5th grade girls. New research shows that the positive impact of the program extends to the entire classroom, including male students, non-aggressive female students, and even teachers, by channeling the influence of aggressive girls in a positive way and allowing them opportunities to hone their leadership skills.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2nd

Next Thursday, June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be marked with events around the country. Among children and youth aged 1-24 years, guns cause two times as many deaths as cancer, five times as many as heart disease, and 20 times as many as infections. CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative is dedicated to bringing a trauma-informed approach to violence prevention intervention at multiple touchpoints in a child’s lifespan, including an Emergency Department-based program which provides direct services to patients who are treated for assault injuries.

The Consequences of Victim Blaming: Sexual Assault and Higher Education

I recently learned about a disturbing policy at Brigham Young University (BYU) that promotes victim blaming following sexual assault. We need to shift away from societal attitudes and policies that encourage blaming sexual assault victims and move toward placing the responsibility where it belongs – with the perpetrators of these crimes.

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