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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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Discipline of the Child

Abstract: Central to the success of childrearing is the process of child discipline.  This process of training and teaching a child is influenced by many factors, some of which are controlled by the parents and others that are dependent upon the child and the environment.  This paper explores the multifactorial process of child discipline.  The […]

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Empowering Parents of Gender Discordant and Same-Sex Attracted Children

American College of Pediatricians – April 2008 ABSTRACT: A pre-school boy insists on dressing like a girl. A 5 year old girl refuses to wear dresses and insists that one day she will grow a penis. A teen boy has just announced to his family that he is “gay”. How should physicians advise parents to […]

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