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School-Based Sex Education in the United States

American College of Pediatricians – September 2018 ABSTRACT: School-based comprehensive sex education (CSE) curricula chiefly emphasize the secondary public health principle of risk reduction. CSE programs in America’s schools have not demonstrated long-term effectiveness at increasing sexual abstinence among adolescents, nor have they been shown to increase long-term condom and contraceptive use among sexually active […]

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Decreasing Risk Factors for Adolescent Depression

American College of Pediatricians – June 2018 ABSTRACT: The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) recognizes that adolescent depression is a serious public health concern. The most recent epidemiological data show that nearly 13 percent of youth will experience at least one episode of major depression by age 17.  Depressive episodes are associated with negative consequences […]

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The Infant – Mother Connection and Implications for their Future Health – Part 1 of 3

Positive maternal-child interaction during pregnancy American College of Pediatricians – June 2018 ABSTRACT: The mother and unborn child impact each other’s physiology and brain restructuring to help assure adaptation and bonding.  The unborn child causes changes in the mother’s nutritional status, in her immune system, and in the functioning of her brain that help assure […]

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Child Sex Trafficking

American College of Pediatricians – November 2017 Children are the world’s future. Child trafficking, as with few other threats to their well-being, undermines the future of children, families, and societies. In the United States, it is estimated that up to 300,000 children are victims of sex trafficking, also known as Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). […]

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM — also known as Female Genital Cutting or Female Circumcision)

American College of Pediatricians – August 2017 ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization has stated there are significant health risks and no medical benefits to female genital mutilation (FGM).  The American College of Pediatricians agrees with this assessment and is therefore categorically opposed to this practice and agrees with its designation as a Federal crime. However, […]

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Effect of Marijuana Legalization on Risky Behavior

American College of Pediatricians – April 2018 ABSTRACT:  Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 of the 50 United States. Recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2013. Various reports have revealed the short and midterm effects of this legalization process on teens and young adults. The significant detrimental effects of marijuana on teenage mental […]

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Elect Candidates Who Support the Best for Children

American College of Pediatricians – October 2018  The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is concerned that political candidates often ignore the health and well-being of children. While it is not unusual for politicians to “kiss babies” during the campaign and then “kiss them off” after the election, it is worrisome when some ‘kiss them off’ […]

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Gender Dysphoria in Children: summary points

The American College of Pediatricians urges health professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex as normal and healthful. Facts – not ideology – determine reality. All references are found within the text of the full statement. 1. Gender […]

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Gender Dysphoria in Children

American College of Pediatricians – June 2017 ABSTRACT: Gender dysphoria (GD) of childhood describes a psychological condition in which children experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender and the gender associated with their biological sex. When this occurs in the pre-pubertal child, GD resolves in the vast majority of patients by late adolescence. Currently there […]

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The Impact of Media Use and Screen Time on Children, Adolescents, and Families

American College of Pediatricians – November 2016 ABSTRACT: The media, and especially visual media in recent years, are playing an increasing role in the lives of children, adolescents, and families in the United States.  While the limited use of high-quality and developmentally appropriate media may have a positive influence, excessive or developmentally inappropriate use carries grave health […]

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