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July 25, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Importance Of Emotional Support Animals

July 25, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent article published in the Journal of Professional Psychology, Research and Practice looked at emotional support animal assessments and the importance of creating a standard and comprehensive model for mental health professionals. “This is the third in a series of articles that address emotional support animals and the appropriate role of professionals certifying these pets for their patients,” researcher, Leisl Bryant told us. [More]

July 18, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Highlights The Importance Of Supporting And Affirming Families For Black LGBTQ+ People

July 18, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Family and Community Health looked at parental sexuality disclosure, discrimination, and depression among Black sexual minority men and Black transgender women. “There were two main goals of our study,” study author, Rodman E. Turpin told us. “First, we wanted to identify the relationship between discrimination and depression among Black sexual minority men and Black transgender women. Discrimination experienced by these populations can include social and structural racism, homophobia, transphobia, and more, so we used a comprehensive measure of discrimination for our study.” [More]

July 11, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Is Social Infrastructure Tired To The Emotional Well-Being Of Seniors?

July 11, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Rural Sociology looked at the built environmental and social and emotional support among rural older adults and whether there is a case for social infrastructure and attention to ethnoracial differences. “In this study, we were interested in determining if and how older adult social and emotional health is associated with social infrastructure availability in rural contexts,” study author Danielle Rhubart told us. [More]

July 4, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Reading Increase The Mental Health Of Teens?

July 4, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychological Medicine looked at early-initiated childhood reading for pleasure and its associations with better cognitive performance, mental well-being and brain structure in early teens. “I and my co-authors wanted to understand the effects of reading for pleasure in young children on brain structure, cognition, school academic achievement and mental health,” study author Barbara J. Shakahian told us. “Some of the previously published literature suggested that there should be beneficial effects on cognition, but there had not been a very large scale study, with over 10,000 adolescents before on all these measures together.” [More]

June 27, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Did COVID-19 Affect The Mental Health Of College Student-Athletes?

June 27, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at self-reported mental health measures among incoming collegiate student-athletes who had COVID-19. “We were interested in seeing if a young, highly active group experienced a lasting emotional upheaval following recovery from COVID-19,” study author Melissa Anderson told us. “Based on reports that up to a third of people who had a COVID-19 diagnosis experience persistent psychological symptoms, we expected to see similar results in our study." [More]

June 20, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Attending Live Sporting Events Reduce Loneliness?

June 20, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Frontiers in Public Health looked at how attending live sporting events can predict subjective wellbeing and reduces loneliness. “The data was collected as part of a large government survey looking at all sorts of things measuring people’s health and wellbeing, as well as some other information about them, such as their age, income level, and some information about what activities they take part in,” study author Dr. Helen Keyes told us. “Our study honed in on the questions that participants were asked about their wellbeing (life satisfaction, sense that life is worthwhile, loneliness, happiness and anxiety) and whether attendance at a live sporting event over the past 12 months had any impact on these measures.” [More]

June 13, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Work Breaks And Why Some Employees Don't Take Them

June 13, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association looked at breaks in the workplace and why some employees take their breaks and others don’t. “Our research is about breaks in the workplace,” study author Vincent Phan told us. “We were hoping to get a better sense of employees’ reasons for taking breaks at work, as well as their reasons for not taking breaks despite wanting or needing a break.” Past theory and research within the occupational health psychology literature would suggest that employees may want a break when they feel tired or upset, or when they feel their performance on the job isn’t as good as they would like. However, employees do not always take breaks when they want to do so. [More]