Popular zombie comic and television programme The Walking Dead exposes the real ‘impossibility of childhood innocence’-
Western culture generally idealises childhood as a time of innocence and purity, but many contemporary narratives have begun to ‘push back’ against such nostalgic views. Writing in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Mark Heimermann, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, explores the horror comic The Walking Dead for its rejection of what he calls ‘the feasibility of maintaining childhood innocence’.
A new study from the Journal of Human Rights demonstrates with statistical evidence that the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted by the United Nations in 1979, has had a “statistically significant and positive effect on women’s rights.” A recent article in the Wall Street Journal cites this study in support of the overall importance of international human rights agreements.
Is there a better way to treat substance use in adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders?-
The majority (55-74%) of adolescents entering substance use treatment also have psychiatric disorders, such as depression, ADHD and trauma-related problems. Unfortunately, these youth face poorer treatment outcomes (e.g. relapse), and their mental health issues are often not directly addressed. Furthermore, few studies exist to guide those clinicians who would like to use integrated care to treat adolescent with co-occurring disorders. A review published in the new Substance Abuse Special Issue: Evaluating and Addressing Adolescent Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders proposes that the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), which is a combination of cognitive-behavioral and family therapies, may be an ideal treatment method for this patient population.
Analysis of the results of a large-scale survey reveals the extent of truancy in English secondary schools and sheds light on the mental health of the country’s teens. Writing in a special issue of the journal Educational Studies on School Attendance and Behaviour, Gaynor Attwood and Paul Croll reflect on thousands of responses from the seven-year Longitudinal Study of Young People in England. They discovered that ‘problems of truancy and mental well-being are both features of the lives of many young people’, although happily, ‘neither is characteristic of the majority’.