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The Pressure to Parent Perfectly

The coming of a new baby can be a joyous occasion. The gifts to the mom-to-be and baby roll in. Blankets, binkies, bottles and baby booties – all are an effort to help the new mom care for her baby. There are also the unwanted gifts given by well-intentioned people such as unsolicited advice, patting the “baby bump” and comments on how big the expectant mom has gotten. Mothers are also given a unique gift that is quietly and sometimes quiet unknowingly bestowed upon them from the moment they announce a pregnancy. This gift isn’t wrapped; there’s no bow on top. Fathers may also receive...

Drug Abuse Prevention Programs for Adolescent: Adopting New and Relevant Techniques...

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) alcohol, marijuana and over the counter medications are the most commonly abused drugs by teens (NIDA, 2018). National drug use surveys indicate that some children are abusing drugs by age 12- or 13-years-old (NIDA, 2018). Studies have shown that research-based intervention programs can reduce early use of drugs by teen (NIDA, 2018). Prevention programs try to reduce the risk factors for drug use and increase the protective factors (NIDA, 2018). Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an intervention program that uses law enforcement officers as instructors (D.A.R.E., 2018). The program emphasizes how to resist peer pressure...

Support through Depression

It is not uncommon for people to feel down or sad after the excitement of the holidays have passed; the dark winter that seems to last forever can draw mood down; a recent loss or uncertainty about the future can also bring on a feeling of depression. These kinds of depression can be temporary. But for some people depression sticks around (Depression, 2016). Depression can affect anyone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression “is one of the most common disorders in the US” (Depression, 2016). The World Health Organization also reports that depression is one of the most common mental health...

Criminological Theory

What factors contribute to a person becoming a criminal? Biological Theories Are babies born killers? The “Twin Studies” supported this theory, showing how a heritable trait may increase the risk for criminal behavior. In this study, the identical twins (MZ) and the fraternal twins (DZ) were tested to see how genetic and environmental influences impact one’s behavior. Before we can discuss the Twin Studies though, let's consider the biological theory as a whole. “Biological factors are more inclusive, consisting of physiological, biochemical, neurological, and genetic factors” (Encyclopedia, 2017). In a sense, this is entirely different than genetics, but it is similar in that the traits are...

Digital Hate: What Families and Communities Should be Talking About

There are many forms of digital hate, ranging from online bullying to attacks carried out by hate, extremist or terrorist groups. Recently there has been a tremendous surge in these group's destructive agendas and they are affecting our society as they emerge from the online shadows. As the threat of digital hate continues to grow no one is immune to its undue influence, said Rick Eaton, the Senior Researcher for the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism & Hate Project, during a digital hate presentation for the Columbus Police Academy on October 6, 2017. Not many people surf the web strategically looking for an opportunity to be...

Satanic, Occult, Ritualistic Crime: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Children introduced to sexual violence during their developmental years have been found to explain their trauma through monsters and stereotypical villains in order to articulate situations they don't understand. Child sexual abuse can be more difficult to identify than most people believe. The level of proof needed for conviction is higher because the consequences are greater. The societal default for sexual abuse in children is denial.  Most people don’t want to hear about a child being sexually abused and would therefore rather pretend it never happens. This causes a counter-reaction from others who try to fight the willful ignorance of deniers: exaggeration.  Those hoping to bring sexual...

The Disadvantages of Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. What was originally meant to increase survival rates and aid instincts has now transitioned into an inextricably linked factor present in most all life experiences and interactions. Being overly stressed can have extremely negative effects on both physical and mental health. We live in a society that for some reason glorifies stress. We are more likely to praise the broke college student juggling their studies along with jobs and multiple campus organizations or an office tycoon balancing multiple accounts at once opposed to less involved lifestyles that are generally accompanied by less stress or stress...

The Important Role of Support in Child Mental Health Cases

Many often assume mental health problems can only affect adults. While it’s true adults are older and, therefore, have generally had more interactive experiences, children are equally as susceptible to mental health disparities. The United States has undeniably seen an increase in mental health cases over the last decade. “Today, mental health care represents 38 percent of children’s Medicaid spending, which is used by just 10 percent of juvenile Medicaid patients. But the benefits far outweigh the costs. Today’s investments help to heal children and produce resilient adults. In the long term, effective treatments not only save lives but have significant economic benefits, including savings...

Parents Gave Newborn Daughter Drugs

Parents told police that they gave their newborn daughter a prescription pain medication to cover up the fact that she was born addicted to drugs.   According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a Utah couple, Colby Glen Wilde and Lacey Dawn Christenson, both in their late 20’s, gave their daughter Suboxone, a medication used for pain management and addiction treatment, on the day she was born. Investigators soon came to the discovery that Christenson had been using heroin and other prescription pain medication heavily throughout her pregnancy, which resulted in her child being born addicted to the same drugs, said...

Thirteen-Year-Old Held Ransom Over Drugs

A recent AMBER alert in Lancaster, Texas ended with the discovery of two dead teens. One of the teens was Shavon Randle, a 13-year-old who had been kidnapped and held hostage due to her involvement with drugs, robberies and money deals. “According to the FBI, Randle and an adult male, identified as 19-year-old Michael Titus, were both discovered deceased inside the home in the 2200 block of Kiest Avenue. Titus was one of the four original persons of interest in Randle's disappearance on Wednesday. On Monday, the Dallas Medical Examiner ruled Titus' death a homicide by a gunshot wound to the head” (Eiserer, Goins, 2017,...