Domestic Violence Against Men: No Laughing Matter

Posted: November 19, 2019

Yesterday was International Men’s Day. This is an opportunity to shed light on issues faced by men that typically lie in the shadows of society. One of these issues is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against men.

The popular image of IPV is based on the familiar gender stereotype of a male villain and a female victim. But that stereotype paints an incomplete picture, with new research indicating a high number of male victims of domestic abuse.

Research on Domestic Violence

A recent UK government survey indicated that 9% of males had experienced some form of partner abuse, which amounts to around 1.4 million men. This includes stalking, physical violence and sexual assault. Indeed, a seminal US study found that male IPV victims are often slapped, kicked, punched, grabbed or choked by their partners.

Interestingly, a growing body of international research indicates that men and women experience IPV in similar proportions. For example, a recent survey from Canada’s national statistical agency concluded that “equal proportions of men and women reported being victims of spousal violence during the preceding 5 years (4% respectively).”

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Psychological Associations From Around the World Meet to Discuss Application of Psychology to Stem Climate Change

Posted: November 19, 2019

LISBON, Portugal — The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 nations gathered here today for the first International Summit on Psychology and Global Health and signed a proclamation agreeing to apply psychological science to advance progress on combating climate change.

“This is a landmark for psychology around the world as we commit our discipline for the first time to act collectively and individually to use our science to help solve one of the greatest challenges of our era,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association. “Climate change is a problem created largely by human behavior so it is fitting that we apply the science of human behavior to mitigating its impacts.”

The proclamation commits the 43 signatories to use their professional, scientific, educational, cultural and applied resources “to achieve progress on matters of utmost importance for which psychology offers the greatest contribution.” Their initial efforts will focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Psyched to Work! (P2W!) Shadowing Experience

Posted: November 17, 2019

 The Department of Psychological Sciences and the Classroom to Career Hub at Metropolitan State University of Denver have partnered to create the Psyched to Work! (P2W!) shadowing experience. The P2W! shadowing experiences connect our students with local employers and graduate programs. The aim of this effort is to help students identify and pursue satisfying career paths. We invite your organization to participate by hosting a student for a day or ½ day shadowing experience. 

Benefits for Participating Organizations 

• Showcase your organization 

• Guide the next generation as they explore career paths 

• Connect with a diverse, motivated, and vibrant set of students who are working toward a B.S. in Psychology or a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies. 

• Strengthen your connections to MSU Denver 

When will the P2W! shadowing experience take place? 

The P2W! shadowing experience will take place during MSU Denver’s spring break: March 23 - March 27, 2020. 

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Health Care, Mass Shootings, 2020 Presidential Election Causing Americans Significant Stress, New Stress in America™ Survey Finds

Posted: November 5, 2019


WASHINGTON — A year before the 2020 presidential election, Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election, according to this year’s Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association. More than half of U.S. adults (56%) identify the 2020 presidential election as a significant stressor, an increase from the 52% of adults who reported the presidential election as a significant source of stress when asked in the months leading up to the 2016 contest. 

The Stress in America™ survey was conducted between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3, 2019, by The Harris Poll among 3,617 adults living in the U.S.

According to this year’s survey, around 7 in 10 adults (69%) say that health care is a significant source of stress — nearly equal to the 71% who say mass shootings are a significant source of stress. Among adults who experience stress about health care at least sometimes (47%), the cost of health care is the most commonly cited source of that stress (64%). Adults with private insurance (71%) are more likely than those with public insurance (53%) to say the cost of health care causes them stress. More than half of adults overall (55%) worry that they will not be able to pay for health care services they may need in the future.

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Creating a Safe Place for Children

Posted: November 5, 2019

Recent research conducted by Helton et al. (2019) suggests that over the past several years, there has been a 70% increase in child sexual abuse cases treated in emergency departments. More specifically, the findings indicate that the number of child sexual abuse admissions increased from 5,138 in 2010 to 8,818 in 2016.

Although the findings demonstrate an increase in ER admissions, the research does not explain why this increase is occurring. Perhaps it is because of an increase in child sex trafficking or exploitation, limited options in rural locations to obtain sexual abuse support (Helton et al., 2019), or perhaps it is because of an increase in children disclosing over the past several years. The causal factors are not yet known; but what these findings do tell us, is that we need to listen to children about sexual abuse.

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