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Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

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  DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress.

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Voter Suppression:  One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

Voter Suppression: One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

By Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- Around 30 days and counting, this election season is in the home stretch.  The highest profile race is for US Senate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.  

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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Don't Forget Dads: Engaging Fathers in Positive Parenting Programs

Written by Featured Organization on 11 February 2013.

Traditionally, programs that aim to change parenting behaviors and prevent child maltreatment have focused on mothers — viewed as nurturers and caregivers — at the expense of fathers. Historical strategies to lift single mothers out of poverty by having fathers pay child support have also led to uncertainty about underlying motivations to engage fathers in family focused services. “There is a certain mistrust surrounding services that target fathers, due to the underlying belief that recruitment is really all about the father paying child support,” says Patricia L. Kohl, PhD, associate professor of Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

To increase father participation in parenting programs, as well as improve father-child interactions, Kohl has collaborated with the Father’s Support Center of St. Louis to develop Engaging Fathers in Positive Parenting, a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to be used in conjunction with the evidence-based parenting intervention, Triple P, Positive Parenting Program. Triple P was developed over 30 years ago by Matthew R. Sanders, PhD.

“We didn’t have to adapt or change the original intervention,” Kohl says. “We added pieces to enhance it. Those enhancements included a motivational orientation strategy and the development of a social support network among the fathers who participated in the parenting program.”

The motivational orientation and social support networking incorporating a strength-based approach, successfully altered the negative perceptions of parenting programs that the father’s had, increasing the overall engagement of fathers in the program.

“The strength-based approach allowed us to build on the strengths of fathers that focus on positive achievements instead of negative past outcomes, with an end goal to help their children reach their full developmental potential,” Kohl says.

“What we learned about recruitment, retention and engagement can be translated to other family interventions,” Kohl says. “It reveals that we can get fathers involved in other children services. In fact, many want to be involved.”

A father’s engagement in a variety of children services contributes to the level of consistency in a father-child relationship, and can ultimately result in better outcomes for children, regardless if the father is living in the same home or elsewhere.

These efforts to engage fathers in services, builds upon Kohl’s previous research to understand how parental characteristics influence parenting behaviors and child outcomes.


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