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Child 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 – February 2017 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 health […]

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Children Need Candidates to Support their Best Interests

American College of Pediatricians – September 2016 The American College of Pediatricians (College) is concerned that Presidential and other 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 […]

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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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Psychotherapy for Unwanted Homosexual Attraction Among Youth

American College of Pediatricians – January 2016 ABSTRACT: Although there are no scientific studies which evaluate psychotherapy for unwanted homosexual attraction (UHA) among adolescents, there are four studies that examine “sexual orientation change efforts”(SOCE) among adults which have been referenced to support legislative efforts to ban minors from receiving psychotherapy for UHA. This review critically […]

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The Impact of Pornography on Children

American College of Pediatricians – June 2016 ABSTRACT:  The availability and use of pornography has become almost ubiquitous among adults and adolescents.  Consumption of pornography is associated with many negative emotional, psychological, and physical health outcomes.  These include increased rates of depression, anxiety, acting out and violent behavior, younger age of sexual debut, sexual promiscuity, […]

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The Impact of Family Structure on the Health of Children – Effects of Divorce

American College of Pediatricians – May 2014 ABSTRACT: Nearly three decades of research evaluating the impact of family structure on the health and well-being of children demonstrates that children living with their married, biological parents consistently have better physical, emotional, and academic well-being. Pediatricians and society should promote the family structure that has the best […]

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