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December 10, 2020

Mindfulness practices shown to help teenagers deal with stress

Learning to BREATHE, which was developed by Broderick, is a school-based mindfulness-based program (MBP) developed for adolescents that has been implemented in a variety of contexts. The program comprises a six-theme module delivered in six, 12 or 18 lessons, with the module themes stemming from the BREATHE acronym: Body awareness, Reflections, Emotions, Attention, Take it as it is, Healthy Habits of mind, and Empowerment.

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December 08, 2020

PRC endorses the National Prevention Science Coalition definition of prevention science

For well over 50 years, prevention science has generated practices and influenced policies that have improved countless lives throughout the lifespan by avoiding negative health and social outcomes (e.g., substance misuse, academic failure, violence, mental health problems) and strengthening conditions that enable individuals, families, and communities to thrive.

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December 07, 2020

Preventing risky drinking by college students the focus of new Penn State study

University Park, Pa. -- Is there a simple way for parents to reduce the chance of their college-age children having problems resulting from drinking alcohol? Professor of Biobehavioral Health Robert Turrisi was recently awarded a 5-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to determine whether brief interviews with randomly selected parents of incoming Penn State University Park students will result in less risky drinking and associated negative consequences.

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December 07, 2020

Parental stress biology and mental health symptoms affect young children

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Parental depression and anxiety can have profound effects on children. For the first time, Penn State researchers demonstrated that stress biology relates to depressive and anxiety symptoms differently for mothers versus fathers, and that parents’ profiles of stress biology and symptoms can predict their preschoolers’ emotional and behavioral problems.

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December 02, 2020

New book: Designing Evidence-based Public Health and Prevention Programs

Designing and implementing a successful evidence-based prevention program can seem like a daunting task.  

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