Quick links from around the web:
Philosophy prof Eric Schwitzgebel posts on religious conviction and crime (his previous musing on religiosity and crime is here), drawing on a 2001 meta-analysis (which he charmingly describes as “a way of doing math instead of thinking”). Cognitive Daily’s Dave Munger comes to the defence of the meta analysis here.
A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill press release (31 July) highlights a study reporting that “confirmed incidents of child abuse and neglect among Army families increase significantly when a parent is deployed to a combat zone… Researchers compared rates while enlisted soldiers were at home and while they were deployed for combat operations between late 2001 and the end of 2004.”
- Reference: Deborah A. Gibbs; Sandra L. Martin; Lawrence L. Kupper; Ruby E. Johnson (2007). Child Maltreatment in Enlisted Soldiers’ Families During Combat-Related Deployments. Journal of the American Medical Association 298: 528-535
Karen Franklin (of the Forensic Psychologist blog, which I’ve been enjoying recently) highlights a new Australian study that considers a prisoner’s emotional state and how that impacts on successful reintegration.
New Scientist documents the rise of cyberbullying:
A study last month by the Pew Internet & American Life Project [pdf] based in Washington DC found that one-third of US teenage internet users have been targets of cyber-bullying… Research into the causes and effects of cyber-bullying is still in its infancy. But it is becoming clear that aspects of online communication encourage people to act aggressively, prompting them to do things they wouldn’t dare to try in real life. What’s more, the ability to reach more people, and the always-on culture of the internet, means that cyber-bullying can have an even more detrimental effect on the victim than conventional playground bullying.
But the Pew Survey does conclude that “most teens say that they are more likely to be bullied offline than online”.
Angel Desai over at GNIF Brain Blogger reports on a World Health Organization gathering to progress on recommendations made in the WHO “World Report on Violence and Health”. Angel explains:
[This] landmark report highlighted the psychological impact of interpersonal violence, supporting emerging research on the long-term, medically-related consequences of violence. This on-going study acts to solidify the link between violent behavior and consequently, mental distress. One of the significant health problems emphasized during the 2007 gathering is the psychological impact of violent acts. More specifically, issues such as cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, phobias, and psychosomatic disorders have been documented following instances of child maltreatment and “intimate partner violence.”
Finally, Carnival Against Sexual Violence 28 is up at abyss2hope. And many congrats and kudos to abyss2hope’s Marcella for her recent 24 hour blogathon in support of Stop It Now!, which works to prevent child abuse. Fantastic achievement Marcella, and a worthy cause.