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PPN Newsletter             July 2011


Listed below are recent updates to the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities website (http://www.promisingpractices.net).


WHAT'S NEW

Newly added to PPN's Programs that Work section:  Attachment-Based Family Therapy leads to reductions in depression and suicidality among at-risk adolescents

Depressed teen
The Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is a therapeutic model that is based upon the belief that strong relationships within families can buffer against the risk of adolescent depression or suicide and help in the recovery process. The ABFT model aims to strengthen or rebuild secure parent-child relationships and promote adolescent autonomy. A 2010 study of suicidal adolescents found that ABFT reduced suicidal ideation compared to those teens who received enhanced care without ABFT. In addition, research findings from a study in 2002 showed that ABFT reduced depression among depressed teens.

Read moreRead the new Attachment-Based Family Therapy program summary

Two new studies explore the risks associated with preterm births at 34 to 38 weeks gestation

Premature infant
Most research on preterm births to date has focused on infants born at 28 weeks gestation or earlier. However, new research published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that births occurring near the end of gestation are also at risk of worse outcomes than full-term births. Late-preterm infants, born at 34 to 36 weeks gestation, account for more than 75 percent of preterm births and are associated with developmental and academic difficulties through age 7. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health reported that a recent study of early term births (infants born in the 37th or 38th week of gestation) found an increased risk of death within the first year of life compared to infants born in the 39th week or later, despite the fact that these births are generally considered full-term.

Read moreRead the Pediatrics article and the NIH news release on preterm births

New topics added to PPN's Programs that Work section

PPN website
The PPN site is constantly changing in order to best meet the needs of our readers. Recently, we updated the site to help our visitors more easily find Programs that Work program summaries by topic. Several new topics have been added to the topic categories used to organize programs, including a range of new health-related topics such as "health care services," "health education," and "physical health." All previously existing program summaries on the website have been re-categorized according to these new topics. Definitions have also been added for all previous topics and new topics. Follow the links below to see the new topics and read their definitions.

Read moreSee the revised Programs that Work topics and read the new topic definitions

RESEARCH IN BRIEF

Listed below are research summaries that have been added to the PPN site this month.


See all in this area »  Healthy and Safe Children


Types and Timing of Child Maltreatment and Early School Success: A Population-Based Investigation — Aug. 2011

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 — July 2011

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders — July 2011

Are Economic Trends Associated with Child Maltreatment? Preliminary Results from the Recent Recession Using State Level Data — July 2011

Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism — July 2011

Media Use and Child Sleep: The Impact of Content, Timing, and Environment — July 2011

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Risk for Major Congenital Anomalies — July 2011

Beverage Consumption Among High School Students — June 2011

Early Childhood Development of Late-Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review — June 2011

Highlights of the 2009 National Youth Gang Survey — June 2011

Online Applications for Medicaid and/or CHIP: An Overview of Current Capabilities and Opportunities for Improvement — June 2011

Physical Activity Levels of High School Students — June 2011

Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997-2008 — June 2011

Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act — May 2011

Complicating Conditions of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2008 — May 2011

A National and State Profile of Leading Health Problems and Health Care Quality for U.S. Children: Key Insurance Disparities and Across-State Variations — May 2011

NIH study finds increased death risk for early term births — May 2011

Who Are the Infants in Out-of-Home Care? An Epidemiological and Developmental Snapshot — May 2011

Evidence-Based Interventions for Pediatric Weight Control — Apr. 2011

Adolescents' Exposure to Sexy Media Does Not Hasten the Initiation of Sexual Intercourse — Mar. 2011

Relationships Between Adolescent Sexual Outcomes and Exposure to Sex in Media: Robustness to Propensity-Based Analysis — Mar. 2011


See all in this area »  Children Ready for School


Early Childhood Development of Late-Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review — June 2011


See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School


Types and Timing of Child Maltreatment and Early School Success: A Population-Based Investigation — Aug. 2011

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 — July 2011

The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement — Summer 2011

Making a Difference? The Effects of Teach For America in High School — Summer 2011

Achievement Gaps: How Hispanic and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress — June 2011

Early Childhood Development of Late-Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review — June 2011

Summer Counts: Making Summer Programs Part of the Learning Equation — June 2011

Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997-2008 — June 2011

The Condition of Education 2011 — May 2011

Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study — May 2011

Reading Levels of Rural and Urban Third Graders Lag Behind Their Suburban Peers — May 2011

Incarceration and Prisoner Reentry in the United States — Apr. 2011


See all in this area »  Strong Families


America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 — July 2011

Are Economic Trends Associated with Child Maltreatment? Preliminary Results from the Recent Recession Using State Level Data — July 2011

Online Applications for Medicaid and/or CHIP: An Overview of Current Capabilities and Opportunities for Improvement — June 2011

Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act — May 2011

Who Are the Infants in Out-of-Home Care? An Epidemiological and Developmental Snapshot — May 2011

Incarceration and Prisoner Reentry in the United States — Apr. 2011

The Landscape of Recession: Unemployment and Safety Net Services Across Urban and Suburban America — Mar. 2011



ABOUT OUR SUPPORTERS

The Promising Practices Network appreciates the generosity of our supporting organizations:


Annie E. Casey Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Family Communications, Inc. (FCI)

Family and Community Trust

Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF)

Hands On Mississippi

Kansas Action for Children

New York State Office of Children & Family Services

RAND Corporation

The Spencer Foundation


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