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October/November 2018 - Volume 39 - Issue 8

  • Lee M. Pachter, DO
  • 0196-206X
  • 1536-7312
  • 9 issues / year
  • Pediatrics 43/124, Behavioral Sciences 32/51
  • 2.199

In light of the heartbreaking evidence of family disruption seen in recent weeks at our southern border, we felt it appropriate to gather together a collection of papers and reviews published in the Journal regarding the effects of psychosocial trauma, maltreatment, toxic stress & adversity on the health and wellbeing of children and families. While many of us see these policies as abhorrent from the perspective of human rights and compassion, perhaps shining a light on the scientific evidence might bring truth to power and help those who are responsible for these policies pause to consider their immediate and long term effects.

Psychosocial Stress, Adversity, and Trauma; Adverse Childhood Experiences

Lee M. Pachter, DO, Editor in Chief

Limiting screen time may improve cognition. An emerging picture of digital media and development.

A study published last week in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health looked at the relationship between cognition in 8-11 years olds and their daily recreation screen time, sleep duration, and physical activity. Using new...

Active shooter drills. What's the evidence for effectiveness?

​A high school in Pennsylvania ​informed parents that it would be conducting an active shooter drill today (Thursday, September 13) using blanks to expose everyone to the sound of gunfire. Unsurprisingly this decision ha...

How Koala's deal with anxiety. A children's book review.

​Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.​Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors​​​ (A Maud the Koala Story)By J.E. MorrisMaud the Koala is goi...

SDBP statement related to the separation of children from families at the border

July 8, 2018Individuals and families from Central America are coming to the U.S. to seek asylum due to the violence, intimidation and threats in their home countries.   There also continues to be attempted entr...

Psychosocial Stress, Adversity, and Trauma; Adverse Childhood Experiences, their impact, and our responsibility for compassionate intervention

​In light of the heartbreaking evidence of family disruption seen in recent weeks at our southern border, we felt it appropriate to gather together a collection of papers and reviews published in the Journal re...

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