Violence Prevention

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.

Suicide on College Campuses: A Call for a Culture Change

Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death among children and young adults, and recently released statistics from the CDC report an overall increase of suicide rates by 24 percent over a recent 15 year span. There is a need to change the culture on how we deal with suicidality at universities, including de-stigmatizing the issue and increasing access to mental health services.

CHOP and Lutheran Settlement House: How an Academic-Community Partnership Can Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

At CHOP, we partner with Lutheran Settlement House through the Children’s and Mom’s Project (CAMP) to provide on-site support and resources for caregivers and patients experiencing violence from intimate or romantic partners. I am excited to share my recent conversation with Lutheran Settlement House's Marcella Slick to discuss CAMP’s recent successes and what’s on the horizon for this rapidly-growing program.

Why Pediatricians Should Ask About Bullying

When it comes to bullying, there are multiple touchpoints at which intervention is possible, including at schools, at home, and through visits to the pediatrician’s office. Here at CHOP, we have instituted a network-wide bullying screen as part of our Electronic Health Record, making asking about bullying a standard part of the care that many of our patients receive.

A Pediatrician’s Guide to Understand and Support Youth with Gender Dysphoria

As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, I sometimes face questions such as, “My 5-year-old son much more strongly prefers ‘girl’ toys, like dolls and princesses. What does this mean?” I’m sure many other clinicians also face the same types of questions from time to time. How can we help parents to understand whether these symptoms are part of common exploration, or whether it is a sign of something else?

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