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August 24, 2020

Study shows promise for two-day therapy to treat PTSD, improve relationships

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Couples that include a partner with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may someday have access to a faster, more efficient therapy that treats the disorder and simultaneously improves their relationships, according to research.

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August 19, 2020

Words used to describe alcohol intoxication may give clues to drinking habits

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People have always used different words to describe the inebriating effects of alcohol, from “blotto” in the 1920s to “honkers” in the 1950s. Now, new Penn State research suggests the language young adults use to describe the effects they feel from drinking may give insight into their drinking habits.

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August 17, 2020

Caring and Compasson Fellow Blake Colaianne sets his sights on helping students and schools

While standing in front of a classroom, Blake Colaianne realized that every day he was suppressing some of his humanity--his joys, stress, worries--in order to do his job. He also realized that his students were doing the same thing. This realization set Colaianne on a path that led him to the Prevention Research Center (PRC).

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August 11, 2020

Video: Feinberg discusses Family Foundations, successful parenting teamwork with HHD alumni

PRC Research Professor Mark Feinberg shared his expertise in family-focused prevention research with College of Health and Human Development alumni in the July 2 edition of the College’s "HHD on Location: Home Edition" webinars, titled “How Parents Can Team Up to Bring Down Stress, Emotional Problems, and Family Conflict.”  

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August 10, 2020

EPIS leads evidence-based prevention of youth recidivism in PA

A recent validation study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Florida International University suggests that the implementation of the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP™) has positive results for Pennsylvania juvenile justice services, finding that improvement in SPEP™ scores between initial assessment and reassessment is associated with better recidivism outcomes. The study is the first to encompass all four dimensions of service provider program operations covered in a SPEP™ assessment, all of which have been shown to predict reduced youth recidivism: 

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