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PPN Newsletter             January 2012

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


Teens purchase fewer sodas when provided with calorie information

Teen with soda
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that teens reduced their consumption of sugary beverages when calorie information was posted alongside the beverages. Researchers compared the effects of posting the following information: (1) absolute caloric count, (2) percentage of total recommended daily intake, and (3) physical activity equivalent. Compared to the cases where no calorie information was provided, all three strategies caused a reduction in sugary beverage purchases. Posting the physical activity equivalent was the most effective strategy tested.

Read moreRead the abstract at the American Journal of Public Health website

Number of child maltreatment cases decreased in 2010, marking a third year of decline

Happy child
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released its annual report on child abuse and neglect, "Child Maltreatment 2010". In this report, maltreatment is defined as neglect, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, and sexual abuse. The ACF found a reduction in the number of child maltreatment cases in 2010 as compared to the previous year. In 2010, an estimated 754,000 children were identified as victims of maltreatment, a decrease from the 763,000 victims identified in 2009.

Read moreRead the news release at the Administration for Children and Families website

Children continue to suffer declines in economic well-being during the recession

Hungry child
Two reports issued recently show that the recession continues to negatively impact the economic well-being of children. The Brookings Institution examined the following three indicators of children's economic well-being: (1) children with an unemployed parent, (2) number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamp) benefit recipients, and (3) child poverty. While the number of children with an unemployed parent decreased between 2010 and 2011, both the number of SNAP recipients and the child poverty rate increased during that period. The U.S. Census Bureau also issued a report that indicated that the percent of families with children receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a federal welfare program, increased from 3.8 percent in 2006 to 4.8 percent in 2009.

Read moreRead the Brookings report and the U.S. Census Bureau news release


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

See all in this area »  Healthy and Safe Children

Access to Emergency Contraception for Adolescents — Dec. 2011

ADHD Medications and Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events in Young and Middle-Aged Adults — Dec. 2011

Aerobic Capacity and Exercise Performance in Young People Born Extremely Preterm — Dec. 2011

Alcohol Use Patterns Among Postpartum Women — Dec. 2011

Assessing Pregnancy Intention and Associated Risks in Pregnant Adolescents — Dec. 2011

Association Between Stillbirth and Risk Factors Known at Pregnancy Confirmation — Dec. 2011

Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Might Pose Risk for Kids — Dec. 2011

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Health Care Expenditures: The Effects of Co-Occurring Conditions — Dec. 2011

Barriers to Receiving Substance Abuse Treatment Among Rural Pregnant Women in Kentucky — Dec. 2011

Birth Defects Seem Rare in Kids of Childhood Cancer Survivors — Dec. 2011

Caseworker-Recipient Interaction: Welfare Office Differences, Economic Trajectories, and Child Outcomes — Dec. 2011

Causes of Death Among Stillbirths — Dec. 2011

Changes Over Time in Reducing Developmental and Behavioral Comorbidities of Asthma in Children — Dec. 2011

Classes and Consequences of Multiple Maltreatment: A Person-Centered Analysis — Dec. 2011

Cumulative Prevalence of Arrest From Ages 8 to 23 in a National Sample — Dec. 2011

Dating Violence Among Adolescents Presenting to a Pediatric Emergency Department — Dec. 2011

Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2008 — Dec. 2011

Delinquency Cases Waived to Criminal Court, 2008 — Dec. 2011

Determinants of and Disparities in Reproductive Health Service Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women in the United States, 2002-2008 — Dec. 2011

Dietary Intakes of Preschool-Aged Children in Relation to Caregivers' Race/Ethnicity, Acculturation, and Demographic Characteristics: Results from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey — Dec. 2011

Early Risk Factors for Hyperactivity-Impulsivity and Inattention Trajectories From Age 17 Months to 8 Years — Dec. 2011

Effect of Preventive Interventions in Mentally Ill Parents on the Mental Health of the Offspring: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis — Dec. 2011

Female Perceptions of Male Versus Female Intendedness at the Time of Teenage Pregnancy — Dec. 2011

Foster Children: HHS Guidance Could Help States Improve Oversight of Psychotropic Prescriptions — Dec. 2011

Geographic Variation in Trends and Characteristics of Teen Childbearing among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1990-2007 — Dec. 2011

Health-Related Quality of Life of Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Children at the Age of Five: Results from the Newborn Lung Project Statewide Cohort Study — Dec. 2011

High Lead Exposure Linked to Hearing Loss in Youth — Dec. 2011

The Impact of State Laws and District Policies on Physical Education and Recess Practices in a Nationally Representative Sample of U.S. Public Elementary Schools — Dec. 2011

Improving Coverage for Children Under Health Reform Will Require Maintaining Current Eligibility Standards for Medicaid and CHIP — Dec. 2011

Initial Implementation Indicators From a Statewide Rollout of SafeCare Within a Child Welfare System — Dec. 2011

Juvenile Arrests, 2009 — Dec. 2011

Juvenile Delinquency Probation Caseload, 2008 — Dec. 2011

Language Impairment in Children Perinatally Infected with HIV Compared with Children Exposed and Without Infection — Dec. 2011

Latest Child Maltreatment Report Shows Decrease in Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect — Dec. 2011

Medical Home Access and Health Care Use and Expenditures Among Children With Special Health Care Needs — Dec. 2011

Mortality and Adverse Neurologic Outcomes are Greater in Preterm Male Infants — Dec. 2011

Obesity in K-8 Students: New York City, 2006-07 to 2010-11 School Years — Dec. 2011

Parent and Child Characteristics Related to Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program Chosen — Dec. 2011

Parental Recall of Doctor Communication of Weight Status: National Trends From 1999 through 2008 — Dec. 2011

Person Offense Cases in Juvenile Court, 2008 — Dec. 2011

Prevalence, Persistence, and Sociodemographic Correlates of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement — Dec. 2011

Process Evaluation Results from the HEALTHY Physical Education Intervention — Dec. 2011

Psychiatric Disorders With Postpartum Onset: Possible Early Manifestations of Bipolar Affective Disorders — Dec. 2011

Relationship Between Prenatal Lead Exposure and Infant Blood Lead Levels — Dec. 2011

The Role of Cultural Dissimilarity Factors on Child Adjustment Following Foster Placement — Dec. 2011

The Role of Maternal Factors in Sibling Relationship Quality: A Multilevel Study of Multiple Dyads per Family — Dec. 2011

Sexuality and Homelessness in Los Angeles Public Schools — Dec. 2011

Study Shows Additional Benefits of Progesterone in Reducing Preterm Birth Risk — Dec. 2011

Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm Behavior in a Community Sample of Preadolescent Youth: A Case-Control Study — Dec. 2011

Teens Purchase Fewer Sugary Drinks After Seeing In-Store Calorie Signage — Dec. 2011

Trends in the Nutritional Content of Television Food Advertisements Seen by Children in the United States: Analyses by Age, Food Categories, and Companies — Dec. 2011

Trends in Youth Internet Victimization: Findings From Three Youth Internet Safety Surveys 2000-2010 — Dec. 2011

Understanding Desisting and Persisting Forms of Delinquency: The Unique Contributions of Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Interpersonal Callousness — Dec. 2011

Youth Characteristics Associated with Intensity of Service Use in a School-Based Mental Health Intervention — Dec. 2011

A Prospective Study of Psychological Distress and Weight Status in Adolescents/Young Adults — Nov. 2011

See all in this area »  Children Ready for School

Children's Developing Commitments to Joint Goals — Dec. 2011

Exploring Explanation: Explaining Inconsistent Evidence Informs Exploratory, Hypothesis-Testing Behavior in Young Children — Dec. 2011

Income and Education as Predictors of Children's School Readiness — Dec. 2011

Individual Differences in Lexical Processing at 18 Months Predict Vocabulary Growth in Typically Developing and Late-Talking Toddlers — Dec. 2011

See all in this area »  Children Succeeding in School

Language Impairment in Children Perinatally Infected with HIV Compared with Children Exposed and Without Infection — Dec. 2011

Large City Schools Improve from 2003 to 2011, Says Nation's Report Card — Dec. 2011

More Schooling Might Raise IQ — Dec. 2011

State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement — Dec. 2011

See all in this area »  Strong Families

Children's Economic Well-Being: 2011 — Dec. 2011

Contraceptive Care in the VA Health Care System — Dec. 2011

Custodial Parents Becoming Less Likely to Receive Full Amount of Child Support — Dec. 2011

Implementation Evaluation of the Put Families First Program: Final Report — Dec. 2011

More Families with Children Receive TANF During 2009 Recession — Dec. 2011

One-Third of Fathers with Working Wives Regularly Care for Their Children — Dec. 2011

The Role of Maternal Factors in Sibling Relationship Quality: A Multilevel Study of Multiple Dyads per Family — Dec. 2011

Subsidizing Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Families: A Review of State Employment Programs Created Through the TANF Emergency Fund — Dec. 2011


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