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Protect children from maltreatment

April 27, 2020

Child maltreatment is a serious (and preventable) form of adversity — that nevertheless affects different children differently. Most children who have been maltreated actually experience good to moderate mental health despite their experiences. For those who struggle, however, proven interventions can address the most common associated mental health concerns — including anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use and depression. But the first step, always, is to stop the maltreatment and make sure children are safe. For more information, see Vol. 12, No. 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly. 

Many cultural backgrounds inform BC Healthy Connections study

April 20, 2020
Participants in the BC Healthy Connections Project have a variety of cultural backgrounds. While more than half (57%) identify as “white,” more than a quarter (27%) identify as Indigenous. Other backgrounds include Latin-American, South Asian and Filipina — with many people describing a mix of backgrounds. Most participants reported English as their first language — in keeping with the study’s eligibility criteria requiring conversational competence in English.

Children with OCD can face their fears

April 13, 2020

When a young person has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), parents will often take steps to try to reduce their child’s distress, such as helping them avoid feared situations. But these well-intentioned efforts may actually worsen the OCD, making it more entrenched. Practitioners can help — by teaching parents how to help children overcome their fears by facing them. For more information, see Vol. 8, No. 2 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.

Most study participants reported limited education

April 6, 2020

More than half of participants in the BC Healthy Connections Project (BCHCP) reported having a limited education, meaning they had not completed high school or the equivalent. For those age 14–19 years, 69% had not completed high school; for those age 20–24 years, 38% had not completed this milestone. By comparison, approximately 11% of BC girls and young women in the general population (under age 25) typically do not complete high school.



World Autism Awareness Day takes place this week

March 30, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2019 marks the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world will shine with blue light in recognition of people living with autism.

A qualitative study by the Children’s Health Policy Centre, published in 2015 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders described the challenges facing both parents and policymakers with respect to autism. The findings suggested that there is an emerging consensus on improving autism services in Canada—which should greatly benefit children. Read the paper here.


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