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PPN Newsletter             December 2011

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


New studies provide further support for two "proven" substance use prevention programs

Illegal drugs
The Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP) and Life Skills Training (LST) programs provide classroom-based training to middle school youth to prevent abuse of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other illicit substances. MPP uses a classroom-based program that teaches youth skills to help them resist pressures to abuse substances, and also includes a parent-involvement component and community/media anti-substance abuse campaign. LST aims to reduce youth substance abuse by offering classroom-based lessons to educate youth about substance use norms and social skills to help them resist pressure to abuse substances. Recently released studies show further evidence that these two programs are effective at reducing adolescent substance abuse.

Read moreRead the newly updated Midwestern Prevention Project and Life Skills Training program summaries

Teens say social media interactions are generally kind, but most have witnessed some form of online cruelty

Teens viewing computer screen
A recent Pew survey interviewed American teens and their parents to examine how teens interact with social networking sites, which include sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The study found that most teens report that their peers are kind to each other on social networking sites, however 88 percent of teens have witnessed others be mean or cruel on a social networking site at least once in a while. This cruelty, when it is witnessed on social networking sites, is most often ignored, however most teens have also seen people defend the person being harassed. Almost all parents surveyed (94%) reported talking with their teen about safety on social networking sites, while about half have used technological controls to manage their child's online experience.

Read moreRead the summary at the Pew Research Center website

Video highlights of PPN's policy forum on emergency preparedness now available

Policy forum on emergency preparedness
On October 25th, 2011, PPN co-hosted the policy forum event, "Best Practices in Emergency Preparedness for Child-Serving Organizations," which welcomed hundreds of emergency personnel from the State of Missouri. Two videos of the event are now available. Part 1 features highlights of the policy forum, and Part 2 features short interviews with the speakers. In conjunction with this event, PPN developed an Emergency Planning Guide for Child-Serving Organizations to help child-serving organizations customize an emergency plan.

See the videosSee Part 1: Highlights and Part 2: Interviews at YouTube.comRead moreRead more about the eventRead moreSee the Emergency Planning Guide


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

See all in this area »  Healthy and Safe Children

Adolescent Vaccination-Coverage Levels in the United States: 2006-2009 — Dec. 2011

Antipsychotic Medication Use Among Children and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus — Dec. 2011

Antipsychotic Treatment Among Youth in Foster Care — Dec. 2011

Finding Shelter: Two-Year Housing Trajectories Among Homeless Youth — Dec. 2011

National Trends in Exposure to and Experiences of Violence on the Internet Among Children — Dec. 2011

Smoking Behavior of U.S. Youths: A Comparison Between Child Welfare System and Community Populations — Dec. 2011

Trends in Body Mass Index in Adolescence and Young Adulthood in the United States: 1959-2002 — Dec. 2011

Trends in the Nutritional Content of Television Food Advertisements Seen by Children in the United States — Dec. 2011

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Risk of Physical Violence in Adolescent Dating Relationships — Nov. 2011

Does Maternal Birth Outcome Differentially Influence the Occurrence of Infant Death Among African Americans and European Americans? — Nov. 2011

Does the Sale of Sweetened Beverages at School Affect Children's Weight? — Nov. 2011

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among High School Students in the United States, 2010 — Nov. 2011

Is Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy a Causal Environmental Risk Factor for Adolescent Antisocial Behavior? Testing Etiological Theories and Assumptions — Nov. 2011

Teen Birth Rate Hit Record Low in 2010 — Nov. 2011

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites — Nov. 2011

Training Peers Improves Social Outcomes for Some Kids with ASD — Nov. 2011

Birth Weight and Health and Developmental Outcomes in U.S. Children, 1997-2005 — Oct. 2011

Inequities in Educational and Psychological Outcomes Between LGBTQ and Straight Students in Middle and High School — Oct. 2011

Family Structure and Adolescent Physical Health, Behavior, and Emotional Well-Being — Sep. 2011

Adolescents' Expectations for the Future Predict Health Behaviors in Early Adulthood — Aug. 2011

Familial Instability and Young Children's Physical Health — July 2011

See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School

Today's Promise, Tomorrow's Future: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Hispanics in Urban Schools — Nov. 2011

Inequities in Educational and Psychological Outcomes Between LGBTQ and Straight Students in Middle and High School — Oct. 2011

See all in this area »  Strong Families

Finding Shelter: Two-Year Housing Trajectories Among Homeless Youth — Dec. 2011

The Changing Child Population of the United States: Analysis of Data from the 2010 Census — Nov. 2011

Child Poverty in the United States 2009 and 2010: Selected Race Groups and Hispanic Origin — Nov. 2011

Familial Instability and Young Children's Physical Health — July 2011


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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