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Children, Youth and Families

Children, youth, and families are members of many communities which may include neighborhoods, schools, and religious and civic groups. Community Psychologists study the interests of child and adolescents within these communities. Particular attention is paid to development in high risk contexts and especially the impact of urban poverty and community structures on child and family development.

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When We Stop Expelling Three Year Olds, Teachers Need Resources

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups
Early childhood educational providers need more resources like infant/early childhood mental health consultation.

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Body Mapping: Measuring Well During the Swell

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Creative expression in nature can be empowering for vulnerable groups. There is a growing body of evidence for the benefits of “blue space.”Surf therapy can be a restorative experience, particularly for children with Autism. Body Mapping can be used to help create a richer picture of the potential health and wellbeing outcomes.

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Surf’s Up for Youth Mental Health

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Environment, Marginalized Groups, Mental Health
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Surf therapy, an emerging intervention, can increase hope among youth at-promise. Surf therapy is an effective intervention to increase positive self-identity, and feelings of safety and inclusion.

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After COVID-19: How School-Based Health Centers Can Help When Schools Re-Open

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Healthcare, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
By linking Community Psychology principles with health information, School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)s represent needed infrastructure when schools re-open after stay-at-home orders related to COVID-19.

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Don’t Start and End with ACEs: How Protective Factors Explain Youth Health

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Protective factors can mitigate the impact of ACEs and are just as important to understand a child’s physical and emotional health.

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Many Go Undiagnosed: Youth May Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups
Of the youth diagnosed with ME/CFS, less than 5% had been previously diagnosed with the illness; a higher percentage being African American and LatinX.

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What is Trauma-Informed Care: An Example

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Prevention Science, Public Policy | Tags:
Childhood trauma and adversity are associated with chronic health and behavioral health problems. In a systems-wide approach to trauma, all individuals within the organization play a role in helping treat a child.

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Inclusion and Collaborative Design: School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

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Collaboration between school-based health centers and community nonprofits through a shared-staffing model provides organizational enhancement, assists in academic attainment, improves health outcomes, and affirms belonging, a crucial developmental attribute for historically marginalized youth.

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Faith and Black Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science
Religion and religious institutions provide a wide range of resources including support to reduce sexual risk behavior.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood-Which One?

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Youth may define their neighborhood differently than where they reside and may feel greater community engagement and ownership in the neighborhood that hosts their activities. Interventions can more effectively target youth within their perceived community space.

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