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May, 2001 Issue (page
LINK BETWEEN CHILD CARE AND BEHAVIOR
(April 19, 2001) A long-term study found “that children who spend most of their time in child care are three times as likely to exhibit behavioral problems in kindergarten as those who are cared for primarily by their mothers.” A review of the study can be found at http://www.nytimes.com.
COMPETITION CAUSES PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO TRY ADVERTISING
(April 24, 2001) The Christian Science Monitor http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com describes a trend in marketing, recruiting and servicing efforts by the public school systems. Examples given include: advertising and marketing firms producing “everything from print ads to billboards, even banners strung along downtown streets boosting public schools; required customer-service workshops; loss of pay for not “measuring up to customer-satisfaction goals;” and promotional campaigns. The Monitor suggests the “newly enlivened competition is driven” by charter schools, now running in 34 states, outside the purview of school-district bureaucracies, and greater school choices such as “open enrollment” laws.
PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENTS FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
(April 28, 2001) Bruce Bower in Science News (Vol 159, No. 17, 4/28/01 www.sciencenews.org) reports “researchers are increasingly exploring ways to combine psychological and social approaches with antipsychotic drugs, especially in the early stages of the disorder. Techniques in the spotlight include family-education sessions, job training, social rehabilitation, and several forms of one-on-one psychotherapy.” He reports that “most cases of schizophrenia - which afflicts 1 in 100 people - are diagnosed in young adults. The causes remain unknown.”
SHORT TERM EXPERIENCES
(May 3, 2001) Sam Bull, Ex. Dir. of LEAPNow: Lifelong Education Alternatives & Programs, Sebastopol, CA, http://www.leapnow.org. announced they have over 20,000 internships, apprenticeships, volunteer options, and experiential options throughout the world. The purpose is to tailor time off for individuals.
STUDY: PARENTS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN TEEN SEX PRACTICES
(May 4, 2001) A survey conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (http://dailynews.yahoo.com) reports: “When asked which forces most influenced them in sexual decision-making, teens were more likely to say parents (38 percent) than friends (32 percent). Robert T. Brown, M.D, of Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, also quoted in the article, claims “girls who don’t have effective male role models during their early and mid-teenage years may be vulnerable to the attentions of older men.”
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