29 February 2012

Divorce Enablers

From AMCAP & Psychology Today.

You thought therapy would save your marriage? And all you got was divorce? Well, feel free to blame your therapist. That's because, for a long time, most therapists have been soft on divorce.

Few fields have played a bigger role in the evolution of America's mental health care system than couples therapists. These days, roughly one million American couples a year seek counselling to save their marriages or relationships. Many also attend pre-marital counselling.
Read the full article at Psychology Today.

28 February 2012

Births Outside Marriage

The Association for Mormon Counselors & Psychotherapists, usually a dormant membership (except around conference season), has been rather active in sharing news sources around the morphing society.  This is the first in a few articles they have posted on their site that I would like to share.


It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.

Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four-year degree, according to Child Trends, a Washington research group that analyzed government data.
Read the full article at the New York Times website.

27 February 2012

Is Spanking An Effective Way Of Disciplining?

Does spanking your child work? Or does it not work?  Is it an effective tool for disciplining your child and teaching them to be obedient?  According to a University of Manitoba Professor, Joan Durrant, the answer to the question is: spanking does not work.

Answering questions from Stockholm Sweden, she said that spanking, and other types of physical punishment, displays an aggressive conflict resolution model; which is a very ineffective model for resolving conflict because of its negative outcomes. It erodes trust in the child. It creates hostility and resentment towards the parent.  Also, physical punishment may create the environment for lying, as a child may begin lie in order to avoid being punished.


Read the rest at Notes on Parenting.

19 February 2012

Why Doesn't Spanking Work

A professor from my Human Ecology days that I admire has made news again.  Joan Durrant has recently been involved in a study that was released that looked at why spanking just doesn't work.  Have a read of the article here.

16 February 2012

Is texting really an effective mode of communication?

In the world right now, there is one cell phone for every two people. In June 2000, 12 million text messages were sent worldwide. By June 2006, 12 billion text messages were sent worldwide. And my favourite factoid about cell phone domination is: in London they are putting up padding on lamp posts because people have been hurt walking into lamp posts while texting and walking.


Read the full article at Notes on Parenting.

14 February 2012

Ground Breaking Stats on Teen Substance Abuse

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society has uncovered (something known to front-line workers) a connection between childhood abuse and substance use.  Read the article here.  This is a news item I plan on covering more of in the near future.

It should be noted that this research poster also has won an award.  It is getting it's recognition.

13 February 2012

Husband Day Care Centre

My manager shared this with me.  I think this is a great idea of where to put your husbands when wives go out shopping.