Black Girls Seen as ‘Less Innocent,’ and Other News

Young girl with dandelionAccording to a report published by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality, adults view black girls as young as 5 years old as less innocent and more adult-like than white girls of the same age.

The authors of the study adapted a childhood innocence scale to also include stereotypes about black girls and women. Then they used the scale to survey adult perceptions of black girls. In addition to viewing black girls as more adult and less innocent, adults also saw them as less in need of protection compared to white girls. They also believed black girls are more independent, know more about sex and other adult topics, and are less in need of nurturing and support than white children.

A 2014 study found black boys face similar issues. According to that research, adults tend to view black boys as older and more threatening—and therefore more likely to commit crimes—than their white peers.

Previous research has found black children are disciplined more frequently and harshly than their white peers. Data from 2016 suggest black students are almost four times as likely as their white peers to be suspended from school. Adults’ perception that they are older, less innocent, and more dangerous might explain this race disparity.

Memory Repression: A Dubious Theory That’s Sticking Around

In the 1980s and 1990s, a wave of supposedly recovered memories that had previously been repressed led to criminal charges, family schisms, and much debate. The notion that repressed memories can be recovered has been debunked. Instead, therapists may accidentally implant false memories. But the theory remains prevalent, potentially exposing people to false memories of abuse and other traumas.

Taking Sick Leave for a Mental Health Day—and Your Boss Doesn’t Bash You for It

This week, a CEO’s gracious response to an employee communicating the need to use a few allocated sick days to focus on her mental health went viral. Many employers are seeing the research-backed value in supporting and honoring workers’ mental health, and conversations like this one can go a long way toward reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Britain’s First Muslim Gay Wedding as Man Who Tried to Kill Himself Over Sexuality Ties Knot

Jahed Choudhury, 24, a Muslim man who once attempted suicide, is believed to be Britain’s first known Muslim to marry a partner of the same gender. Choudhury was sent on a religious pilgrimage to change his sexual orientation and struggled with bullying and self-loathing. Now he encourages young people to embrace who they are. He says being gay and Muslim can be consistent identities.

‘Hesitation Is Fatal’: The Psychology of the Game

According to at least one sport psychiatrist, the key to success in high-stakes athletic pursuits is not to think at all. Thinking causes players to hesitate and second-guess themselves, undermining performance. Instead, reactions must be instinctive. Honing good instincts demands years of practice.

Peering Into the Psychology of Online Trolls

People who “troll” online deliberately provoke or threaten other online users. According to a survey of online trolls, people who engage in trolling show higher levels of traits like sadism and lower levels of empathy than non-trolls. This, in conjunction with thrill-seeking behavior, might be what motivates online trolls.

Unlocking the Psychology Behind the Driver/Cyclist Crash

Some drivers are annoyed by sharing the road with cyclists, while cyclists point out that resentment and anger from drivers can kill. A new study suggests requiring motorists and cyclists to occupy the same space may be to blame. The study also found drivers’ decisions, which often involve stress, aren’t always rooted in logic.

All Tip, No Iceberg—A New Way to Think About Mental Illness

Researchers and providers have long spoken about mental health issues as if they must have an underlying cause—childhood trauma, brain anomalies, or genetic variation. Because mental health diagnoses rarely have a single cause, however, the focus on root causes can become a distraction. Instead, some experts propose focusing on the network of symptoms and their management.

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  • Terika

    July 14th, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    It is a sad state that males and females of color, brown or black, are usually looked down upon in our society. This is the reality that those of us of color live with every day. We are fighting against the tide of popular thought and most of the time we are getting sucked under by the things and feelings of others that are beyond our control. And I don’t think that this is isolated in pockets. I very much believe that this thought is pervasive all throughout the United States and that there are many young children who are going to fail in life because they see that this is already what others expect from them.

  • Colette

    July 15th, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Yay! for the fact that people are finally starting to really get it that a mental health day is not anything that you can just ignore or that you take just to take a day off. This is something that all of us need from time to time and great for that company to have a boss who understands and supports those decisions.

  • anthony

    July 17th, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    I do not understand these people who seem to live for being mean and nasty to other people online. They just don’t have a life is all they do is live to make someone else totally miserable and they fail to see that what they are doing speaks so much more about who they are instead of the people that they are intentionally trying to tear down. Just like any other kind of bully really. It is all about what can they do to make someone else feel terrible so that at least they know that there is someone out there that they are responsible for making feel more miserable than what they are..

  • Jonathan Y

    July 18th, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    They have bike paths. Why don’t they use them? That makes a whole lot more sense to me than trying to share the roads.

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