Boston Public Schools asked EDC to develop an anti-bullying program that uses high school students as peer leaders to teach social and emotional skills to young people involved in all aspects of bullying.
EDC and Boston Public Schools are partners in an innovative approach to expand and deepen the schools’ ongoing efforts to respond to and prevent bullying, in compliance with the 2010 Massachusetts Bullying Prevention and Intervention Law.
EDC has been invited to participate in an academic symposium on ways to reach youth and promote a culture free from bullying, which is part of the national launch of the Born This Way Foundation by pop star Lady Gaga.
EDC’s Shari Kessel Schneider discusses the prevalence of teens sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages (sexting). Her comments are based on the results of the biannual MetroWest (MA) Adolescent Health Survey funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation.
High school students who are victims of cyberbullying and school bullying are more likely to report elevated mental distress and lower school performance, according to a study conducted by EDC researchers to be published online November 17 by the American Journal of Public Health.
EDC researcher Shari Kessel discusses the findings of a new study that compares cyberbullying and school bullying and their associations with psychological distress among high school students in MetroWest Boston (read the EDC press release). The study, funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation, is published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Nearly half of all middle school students have been victims of bullying, according to a recent adolescent health survey conducted by EDC’s Health and Human Development Division. The results are informing an anti-bullying initiative in several Massachusetts communities.
With the recent heat waves across the nation, parents and caregivers are reminded that leaving young children unattended in vehicles can be deadly. EDC offers several recommendations for keeping children safe.
Research conducted by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC discusses the connection between suicide and unemployment. The report concluded that “economic circumstances themselves are insufficient to cause a suicide; in fact, we do not know of any single factor that is sufficient on its own to ‘cause’ a suicide.”
A new comprehensive report entitled Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention and Research offers recommendations for the ongoing care of patients at risk for suicide who have been treated in emergency departments and hospitals.