I live less than an hour from Penn State University, and I taught there for two years. It is located in a region of Pennsylvania commonly referred to as “Happy Valley.” Under the specter of the Jerry Sandusky criminal proceedings wherein he is found guilty of 45 criminal counts of “child rape”, the Valley is experiencing shock, shame, confusion, and division. This circumstance prompted me to develop and implement a training workshop for professionals. In this workshop I discuss the pathogenesis of pedophilia and how to care for the victims of this trauma. This article reflects my synthesis of research and clinical experience regarding the identification of a pedophile.
Many studies have linked childhood maltreatment and adversity to mental and physical health disorders later in life. Most of the studies have been retrospective in design, which inserts bias into the study and makes the results less conclusive. A new study evaluated both prospectively and retrospectively gathered information about childhood experiences and adult mental health and reports that the association is the same, no matter how the information is ascertained.
The epidemic of anxiety surrounding gluten-related issues is astounding. A new study might increase the panic even more among mothers-to-be as it reports an increased risk of schizophrenia in children born to gluten-sensitive mothers.
I love the Olympics. I can hardly stand the wait until the opening ceremonies in London this summer. Not only do I swell with national pride for the duration of the games, but I truly love a good competition. As a lifelong athlete, I have some concept of the physical training and preparation that goes into training for a sporting contest, but new research spurred by the upcoming Summer Games shed some light on the psychological preparation necessary to be an elite, world-class competitor.
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