News & Announcements
Protective Factors that Help Women Recover from Childhood Violence
Posted: July 20, 2011
A new study published in Child & Family Social Work entitled Assessing PTSD and resilience for females who during childhood were exposed to domestic violence, found that women are less likely to suffer from PTSD if they are more resilient, or better able to overcome adversity. In regard to childhood protective factors that increase adult resilience, the authors also found that mothers who were employed full-time had a positive influence on their children's recovery from witnessing domestic violence.
"Mothers who work full-time, even in adverse situations, create economic stability and model a strong work ethic, independence and competence," says Kim Anderson, associate professor in the MU School of Social Work. "This shows the importance of the bond between mothers and children and the importance of positive adult role models in the lives of children who have experienced abuse."
The study also identified risk factors for PTSD in women who as children witnessed the abuse of their mothers, including the mental health status of their mothers and police involvement in violent incidents. In particular, children of mothers who had mental health problems were more likely to develop PTSD later in life, as were children who witnessed the arrest of family members during violent incidents.
Minorities Lag in Mental Health Treatment but Some are Working to Change That
Posted: July 20, 2011
A news article entitled Minorities lag in mental health treatment, but some are working to change that, discusses the obstacles minorities face in seeking treatment for mental health issues, including concerns about costs, transportation, lack of familiarity with available resources and language barriers. But one of the most significant obstacles is the cultural stigmas against admitting and getting help for mental illness.
"My opinion is that the stigma associated with mental illness compounds the racial and ethnic issues that impact the African-American experience in our country," said Veda Sharp, executive director of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, "fear of being ostracized, not fitting in, being thought of as a second-class citizen. The experiences of poverty -- including lack of education and health education in particular -- along with the myths associated with mental illness, all contribute to the stigma experienced."
Read the complete article on the Detroit Free Press website.
Equity Guide & Advance Notice for Sustainable Communities Grant
Posted: July 19, 2011
PolicyLink has created a guide to help prospective Sustainable Communities applicants effectively address equity in their proposals. The 2011 Equity Guide for Sustainable Communities includes checklists and highlights for each rating factor as well as promising practices from the first round of grants. Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched an unprecedented new program to help regions plan for sustainability.
HUD has made equity a significant priority of the Sustainable Communities program by emphasizing the need for engagement of low-income communities and communities of color and by encouraging regions to use this process to plan for and create communities of opportunity. The recently released Advanced Notice of Funding builds upon this by requiring applicants to:
Resource for Outreach - Reaching Out to Faith Communities
Posted: July 18, 2011
Reaching Out to Faith Communities, a four-part training tool provided by NAMI FaithNet, is a new educational resource to help with outreach to faith communities offered through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The goal of Reaching Out to Faith Communities is to better equip NAMI members and leaders to build bridges with local faith groups. The content was written in response to common questions including: Why should we reach out to faith communities? How do we handle differing views of mental illness or stigmatizing remarks? How do I get started?
Access the resource on the NAMI website.
Mental Health Service Utilization in Rural Adolescents: The Role of Father–Offspring Relations
Posted: July 18, 2011
The July 2011 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology contains a special section on rural health issues in pediatric psychology. The special section presents articles that document differences in behavior and psychosocial functioning in children and adolescents residing in rural and non-rural areas as well as how pediatric psychology can help to address the health and psychosocial functioning of children in rural settings. One article titled Mental Health Service Utilization in a Community Sample of Rural Adolescents: The Role of Father–Offspring Relations examines children and adolescents living in rural communities who may be at particular risk for psychiatric problems.
This study examined the role of father warmth in offspring psychological treatment utilization in community sample of rural families. Observer ratings of paternal warmth were examined as a predictor of adolescent treatment seeking and as a moderator of the longitudinal association between adolescent depressive symptoms and treatment seeking. The study found adolescents were more likely to seek needed help in the context of a warm, supportive father. The findings suggest that fathers can play an important role in the intrafamilial processes through which rural adolescents recognize and seek help for their psychological problems.
Read the abstract of the study.