EDC will produce two new 10-15 page publications—one specifically targeted for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the other for their families. They will be based on the VA National Center for PTSD’s successful publication for war veterans, “Returning from the War Zone”.
Eyes on Bullying is a national, multimedia bullying prevention program designed to provide parents and caregivers with user-friendly and effective ways to learn the essential principles of bullying prevention. The multimedia program, initially developed for IBM employees, includes a 42-page Toolkit with key information, resources, and six skill-building activities for caregivers and parents to use with children.
TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive violence and injury prevention and control curriculum, developed by the World Health Organization and a global network of experts, covering a wide range of topics, designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. To make this curriculum more widely available, EDC created an instructional design approach for conversion of the face-to-face exercises and materials into an electronic, self-paced format with interactive lessons for the World Wide Web and CD-ROM.
EDC is working with the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) to support the national implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) within the Veterans Health Administration.
EDC will develop print, video, and online training materials for CPT, as well as conduct a national survey of returning veterans to assess issues related to military sexual trauma.
The Boston Public Schools hired EDC to assist with its bullying prevention initiatives and in this story, Ed Donnelly of EDC’s Bullying Prevention Research Institute discusses efforts to train Boston teachers how to spot and prevent bullying in their schools.
EDC Vice President Jerry Reed has received the 2012 Public Service Award from the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), which bestows the award in recognition of extensive and effective advocacy for prevention science and research-based programs. Reed was presented with the award at SPR’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
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.