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Posted: Apr 12, 2007 08:37

APRIL 2007

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FATHERS INFLUENCE DAUGHTERS' ATTITUDE
(February 8, 2007) As reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, February 2007, Dr. W. Stewart Agras concluded from his research that fathers are important influences on their daughters' self image, and lack of a father's attention could increase his daughter's risk of developing an eating disorder.

DRINK-RELATED DEATHS INCREASE
(February 23, 2007) The Independent, a UK online publication, reports that recent studies show the drink-related deaths among 15 to 34-year-olds is increasing. These are the deaths from alcohol poisoning or cirrhosis of the liver.

STUDENTS MORE NARCISSISTIC THAN EVER
(February 27, 2007) Professor Jean Twenge presented her findings in a workshop in San Diego of 16,475 college students who took the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, showing a 30% increase in NPI scores from 1982 to 2006. This was part of the findings in her book published last year titled: "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before." More...

US CHAMBER CONCLUDES PUBLIC SCHOOLS FLUNK
(March 1, 2007) The Arizona Daily Star reported a conclusion by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Center for American Progress that warned "of potential long-term damage to the US economy caused by the failure of American public schools to properly educate students."

EX-VISIONQUEST OFFICIAL ARRESTED
(March 2, 2007) The Arizona Daily Star reported that Anthony James Zasa, Jr., who had worked for Vision Quest for 30 years, resigned shortly before he was arrested for cocaine smuggling.

VENTING ANGER CAN HARM SELF
(March 3, 2007) The Washington Times reported researchers in analyzing anger studies have concluded that those that vent their anger are more likely to maintain resentment and have negative consequences than those who maintain their composure without venting their anger.

GRADES INCREASE-KNOWLEDGE IS FLAT
(March 4, 2007) Michael Skube, a professor at the University of North Carolina writes in the Los Angeles Times of the disconnect between rising grades (grade inflation) and lower or flat scores in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

STUDY DEBUNKS VIDEO GAME/VIOLENCE LINK
(March 7, 2007) The iTnews, an Australian online publication, discussed an American Sociological Association (ASA) report that claims there is no link between violent video games and homicidal behavior in children.

THERAPEUTIC ADVENTURE BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE
(March 7, 2007) Michael Young, announced the 2007 Therapeutic Adventure Best Practices Conference will be held June 22-24, 2007, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Registration information is available at www.aee.org.

STUDENTS RESTIVE UNDER RAIN OF RULES
(March 11, 2007) Ian Shapira writes in the Washington Post about student frustration with ever-increasing rules and restrictions from security conscious, risk-adverse "helicopter administrators."

SOBRIETY HIGH IN MINNESOTA
(March 12, 2007) The Voice of America website reports on the success of a student in one of eight Sobriety High schools in the State of Minnesota.

BOYS TOWN PRESS CATALOGUE AVAILABLE
(March 12, 2007) The Boys Town Press, available from Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, Boys Town, NE, offers resources on Parenting, Teen Relationships, At-Risk Youth, Character Development, Teacher Development and other topics, is available by calling 800-282-6657, emailing btpress@boystown.org, or visiting www.boystownpress.org.

PARENTAL ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY
(March 13, 2007) Robin Denison and Sarvy Emo, founders of The Parental Alienation Syndrome Awareness Campaign have set April 25 for the 2nd Annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day.

VIDEO GAMES CAN IMPROVE VISION
(March 20, 2007) The journal Psychological Science reported that researchers from the University of Rochester in New York found that "playing action video games for an hour or so daily actually helps sharpen visual acuity."





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