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Trauma and World Literature: Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally

Posted 17 July 2018 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke, PhD

In Crimes of the Father, Thomas Keneally, a former seminarian and author of Booker Prize-winning Shindler’s List, takes on the history of widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic Church as it began to be revealed in the 1990s. In Keneally’s 2016 novel, as in Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy about World War I, trauma and its effects are shown from many perspectives, including that of the mental health professionals of the time.

Trauma and Diversity: Racial Inequity in the Child Welfare System

Posted 17 July 2018 in StressPoints by Bridget Cho, MA

In recent years, there has been greater awareness that some children are disproportionately likely to become engaged with child welfare services based on their racial identity. African American males in particular are more likely to be placed in institutional settings, experience more placement moves, and are more likely to age out of care compared to the general population of children (Miller, Farrow, Meltzer, & Notkin, 2012).

Student Perspectives: #TimesUp Academia: Harassment of Graduate Students in the World of Academia

Posted 17 July 2018 in StressPoints by Kristen N. Gray, M.A. and Chelsea M. Cogan, M.A.

“The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it” (TimesUp, 2017). The #TimesUp movement began and continues to gain popularity as an action-driven cause aimed at ending inequality between men and women within the workplace.

Media Matters: Media Misrepresentations of Educator Sexual Misconduct

Posted 17 July 2018 in StressPoints by Jessica Carney, BA

Educator sexual misconduct is defined as “behavior by an educator that is directed at a student and intended to sexually arouse or titillate the educator or the child” (Shakeshaft, 2004, p.1). Estimates reveal that roughly 7 percent of students in grades eight to 11 experience contact misconduct from an educator (i.e., being touched in a sexual way, kissing, and/or doing something sexual other than kissing; Shakeshaft, 2003).

Global Perspectives: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Among University Students and the Relationship with Lifetime Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Posted 17 July 2018 in StressPoints by Margaret McLafferty, PhD, Cherie Armour, PhD, and Siobhan O’Neill, PhD

Mental health disorders are highly prevalent among university students and appear to be increasing in severity (Prince, 2015; Thorley, 2017). Some students commence university with pre-existing psychological problems, but for others the stress of university life can trigger psychopathology.

Trauma and Diversity: The Role of Health Care in Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Chris Sexton, PhD, MSW, and Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD, MS

Toxic stress resulting from chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including trauma exposure, parent mental health problems, and family dysfunction, can lead to numerous health, social, and behavioral problems throughout the lifespan (Anda et al., 2006).

Trauma and World Literature: Moral Injury in The Trojan Women

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Scott Janssen

Written during the slaughter of the Peloponnesian War which engulfed the Greek world in the fifth century BCE, Euripides’ play The Trojan Women is one of the most unsparing pieces of anti-war literature ever written.

Student Perspectives: Workplace Violence and the Cyclical Hypothesis: The Role of Staff Mental Health in Violence Prevention

Posted 1 June 2018 in StressPoints by Josianne Lamothe

Workplace violence is a serious and unfortunately common problem in the healthcare and social services sector. Fifty percent of child protection workers report meeting with at least one hostile or intimidating parent each week (Littlechild et al., 2016) while a recent study found that some psychiatric nurses are the victim of an average 0.19 physical assaults by patients each week (Ridenour, et al., 2015).
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