22 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:14 pm
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Those Who Drink May Neglect Their Children

Those Who Drink May Neglect Their Children Researchers from UCLA suggest that not only does alcohol abuse or alcoholism play a role in child neglect, but those who drink more moderately may also fail to adequately supervise their children. Alcohol was a factor in approximately 11% of the 500,000 child neglect cases identified in 2011. […]

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14 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:31 am
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Nicotine Addiction’s Effects on Pregnancy

Nicotine addiction, and the many known risks to personal health caused by cigarette smoking, has resulted in well placed and easily seen “warning” labels on all cigarette packaging and advertising. Regardless of these warnings, past years have witnessed a rising number of women smokers, who endanger not only their health but also that of their […]

3 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:44 am
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Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is being used in a wide variety of settings to help people with acute and chronic disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, and addiction, with the goal of providing improved social functioning. Based on the many physiological and psychological benefits documented in individuals during therapeutic interactions with animals, animal-assisted therapy is considered to be an […]

1 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:45 am
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Marijuana and Kids: How Can We Keep Kids Safe?

The new marijuana laws are complicating child custody cases across the nation. Currently no data has been gathered to show how often pot use comes up in custody disputes, or how often child-welfare workers intervened in homes where marijuana products are or were used, but it is an issue parents throw at one another in […]

12 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:46 am
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ADHD Explosion: Real or Misdiagnosis?

During the 2011-12 school year there was a nation-wide shortage of ADHD medications, especially for low-dose generic brands. Why? The rate of production couldn’t keep up with the demand. There has been an explosion of ADHD diagnosis in American children and sociologists are trying to determine why. What exactly constitutes an “explosion?” In the early […]

29 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:56 pm
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Meditation Helps Kids Relax

“The magic moment where they understand mindfulness is when they can catch themselves not paying attention. That’s their chance to control their impulsivity,” Boston dad Andre Kelly said. “It helps them stop themselves from doing things like jumping on the couch or whacking their younger brother.” Kelly practices mindfulness meditation with his 10 year old […]

1 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:08 pm
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Local Voices: Rules to Prevent Kids from Abusing Drugs

Mike O’Neil was a pharmacist, K9 narcotics trainer and consultant for prescription drug abuse and diversion. He and his wife raised two amazing sons who have been very successful in their personal, education and professional lives. They are often asked how they were able to keep their kids drug-free and out of drug treatment centers […]

2 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:33 pm
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Sibling Bullying Should Worry Parents More Than Peer Aggression Toward Their Children

Researchers have found a link between sibling bullying and signs of poor mental health. They have put out a call to parents, teachers and caregivers to give this kind of bullying the same serious attention as they would aggression between peers. “If siblings hit each other, there’s a much different reaction than if that happened […]

11 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:36 pm
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How To Turn Down The Heat On Fiery Family Conflict

We all do it at some point or other. We have a loud yelling argument or verbal conflict with our spouse or partner. We raise our voices and have it out. But what about our kids? Psychologists agree that there are ways to minimize the negative impact such conflict can have on children. In a […]