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Posted: Dec 3, 2006 18:17

DECEMBER 2006

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TIE FOUND BETWEEN ADHD, CONDUCT DISORDER
(March 26, 2006) According to an article on ScienceDaily.com, a study by Florida State University professors found that children with ADHD or conduct disorder had more negative emotions and behaviors than children with neither of those disorders.

PARENTS OVERLOOK TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
(Sep. 19, 2006) A national survey by Columbia University reported in the Charlotte Observer in NC concluded that parents are a lot less likely to be aware of drug abuse than their teenage children.

POOR READING CAUSES PROBLEMS
(Nov. 1, 2006) A study published in the November issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities concluded that poor readers were "three times more likely than typical readers to consider or attempt suicide, and six times more likely to drop out of school."

TOO MUCH TESTING IS LIMITING
(Oct. 25, 2006) The Courier Mail, an online news source, ran an article about a classroom-experienced Australian educator claims that too much testing of students is treating schools like factories turning out a product (students) and harms the human development purpose schools should be emphasizing.

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECEIVES OBJECTIONS
(Oct. 25, 2006) According to an article on Scotsman.com, a proposal for a residential "brat camp" school for problem children near Glenlivet which would be the first of its kind in Scotland, has run into community objections fearing it would bring more crime into a remote peaceful area.

FARM MINISTRY HELPS TEENS
(Oct. 28, 2006) A local story in the Tribune-Democrat announced Harvest of Hope Farm Ministries is planning a long-term center for up to 20 troubled boys on a 120-acre farm near Jennerstown, PA.

NO LINK BETWEEN SUICIDE AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS
(Nov. 1, 2006) CBS News ran a story from WebMD.com, about a new study comparing the prescription level of antidepressants with the level of youth suicides in various countries showed no elevation of suicide rates for those countries with higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions.

NEW ZEALAND DOUBLES SENTENCES
(Nov. 3, 2006) The New Zealand Herald announced a government decision to double some sentences for "serious and persistent" youth offenders.

UK SOLVENT ABUSE INCREASING
(Nov. 4, 2006) The UK Times Online reports that while youth use of illegal drugs has remained flat, solvent abuse has soared.

VIRTUAL-SCHOOL ENROLLMENT EXPLODES
(Nov. 7, 2006) ESchoolNews.com ran a story about a report from the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) found that enrollment in online courses has exploded up to 50% over last year in some states.

HELICOPTER PARENTS: CAREER CHOICES
(Nov. 10, 2006) The Washington Times reports that parents who in the past have taken the initiative for their children in college choices (known as helicopter parents) are now acting as their children's "representatives" in career decisions.

THE SPLIT-SECOND DIFFERENCE
(Nov. 13, 2006) An article on EMaxHealth.com reported that the split-second difference in processing risk factors by teens and by adults may provide insight into how adolescents tick. A major study reported the results in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest titled "Risk and Rationality in Adolescent decision Making" by Valerie F. Reyna (Cornell) and Frank Farley (Temple University).

PERILS OF ADULTHOOD
(Nov. 13, 2006) An article in the UK Guardian addressed the concept of "kids rule." Parents especially seem to be confused at what an adult is and how to behave as one.

UK STUDY FINDS THE REAL DATE-RAPE DRUG
(Nov. 16, 2006) JoinTogether.com posted an article about a UK study, which reported that alcohol is by far the most common drug used leading up to rape. JoinTogether.com is the web site of the Boston University School of Public Health.



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