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Psychology in the News

 •• Examining the mental obstacles of energy conservation
December 08, 2009 To a psychologist, climate change looks as if it was designed to be ignored.

 •• Report links high absences to poor academic performance
December 07, 2009 Dec. 7--High absence rates among students with disabilities in Chicago's public high schools are the largest factor explaining the difference in their academic performance when compared with non-disabled peers, according to a new research report.

 •• Pediatricians can now be certified to handle cases of child abuse and neglect
December 04, 2009 Dec. 4--Illinois child welfare officials are praising a change that allows pediatricians across the country to develop an expertise in abuse and neglect.

 •• Study: Autism treatment effective in toddlers
November 30, 2009 CHICAGO - The first rigorous study of behavior treatment in autistic children as young as 18 months found two years of therapy can vastly improve symptoms, often resulting in a milder diagnosis.

 •• At Army post, teams nurture mental health
November 30, 2009 FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Army brigade leaders at Fort Campbell have begun monthly meetings of officers, doctors and counselors to catch early signs of emotional or mental stress among their troops and intervene before soldiers hurt themselves or others.

 •• Insecure adolescents experience more pain
November 27, 2009 MONTREAL, Nov 27, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Insecure adolescents experience more intense pain in the form of frequent headaches, abdominal pain and joint pain, researchers in Canada found.

 •• Program reduces autism bad behaviors
November 27, 2009 NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov 27, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Behavioral problems of autistic children can be reduced through medication and a parental training program, U.S. researchers say.

 •• Autism treatment: Do alternative therapies work?
November 24, 2009 Chicago Tribune

 •• Table manners for kids
November 24, 2009 Nov. 24--Picture yourself at Thanksgiving dinner.

 •• Army embarks on suicide study
November 23, 2009 WASHINGTON, Nov 23, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health are working on the largest-ever study of suicide and mental health among the military, officials say.