Trauma Linked to Betrayal by Institutions, and Other News

Discouraged woman with a letter and phone in handBeing betrayed by a loved one is painful enough, but people betrayed by large institutions can also experience anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, and they may also believe that no institution will protect them. In a new paper, two researchers from the University of Oregon urge mental health professionals to learn the signs of institutional betrayal and acknowledge its effects.

The paper focuses on the institutional betrayal of schools that inappropriately handle sexual assault cases, and offers recommendations for a host of other scenarios, such as discrimination. Psychologists and mental health professionals, according to the paper, should acknowledge the traumatic effects of being harmed by an institution that was supposed to offer protection. Betrayal by an institution in the aftermath of an experience like sexual assault is likely to exacerbate effects of the original trauma, too.

The researchers authors also emphasize the importance of acknowledging one’s own role in institutional structures. Mental health professionals may be part of institutions themselves, and can behave in either healing ways or in ways that perpetuate and exacerbate institutional betrayal.

Kaiser to Pay $4 Million Fine Over Access to Mental Health Services

After fighting for a year and a half over whether Kaiser Permanente blocked access to mental health care services, Kaiser is paying a $4 million fine to the overseer of California’s managed health system. Kaiser was accused of creating long waits for mental health care, providing patients with inaccurate educational materials designed to discourage them from seeking proper care, and maintaining duplicate patient records with contradictory information. 

Internet Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Postpartum Depression

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be highly effective at treating postpartum depression. For busy women struggling with the condition, though, getting into a therapist’s office isn’t always easy. A small study of 24 women struggling with depression after childbirth found that online CBT can help clients move toward recovery, and the study’s participants found that therapist-assisted online CBT was flexible and convenient.

Men Enjoy Competition, But So Do Women, Researchers Find

Gender stereotypes hold that men are more competitive and women are more cooperative, but a new study has found otherwise. Researchers found that women enjoyed competition just as much as men. The difference between the two sexes was that women also enjoyed cooperation, while men preferred competition to cooperation. Researchers believe this gender difference is likely due to gender role socialization.

Kids Eat Better if Their Parents Went to College

According to results from a new survey of 1,000 students, children eat more vegetables and drink fewer sugary drinks if their parents attended college. Even among this group, though, nutrition is sorely lacking. The majority of children still don’t get enough low-fat milk or whole grains, and children continue to eat prepackaged foods and unhealthy lunch items such as French fries. 

A Wife’s Happiness Is More Crucial Than Her Husband’s in Keeping Marriage on Track

A new study has found that wives who are happy in their marriages have happier husbands, regardless of how the husbands feel about the marriage. This may be because women who are happy are more likely to do things to help their spouses. Women were less happy when their partners got sick, but men’s happiness didn’t change as much when their wives were sick. Researchers speculate that this may be because women do more caregiving in their relationships, so a partner’s illness yields more work.

Dogs Can Be Pessimists, Too

Most people think of dogs as blindly happy, but a new study has found personality differences in pessimism among dogs. Dogs learned to associate two sounds that were two octaves apart with getting either milk or water. Once dogs learned the difference, researchers then presented them with “ambiguous” tones. Some dogs were more responsive to these ambiguous tones, and researchers speculate that this may be because those dogs believe good things will happen, in contrast to more pessimistic dogs who do not have such a belief.

Domestic Violence Perpetrated by 1 in 5 Men

A representative study conducted by the University of Michigan has found that 1 in 5 men admit to engaging in acts of domestic violence against a partner. The study also found that insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome can be warning signs associated with domestic violence.

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  • shaniqua


    September 19th, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    SHAME on Kaiser and thank goodness they are having to pay for that dishonesty!

  • Yvette


    September 20th, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    You know it feels like a slap in the face when you are a student, a good student somewhere and yet they continue to ignore the fact that something terrible happened to you and they refuse to do anythign about it!
    I have to think that if I had a son or daughter at an institution that tried to kake light of this kind of trauma then you better believe that I would have them moved out and back home in a skinny minute because these kids need support in times like this and they are not getting it all because the institution thinks that they will get a bad name.

  • Ben


    September 22nd, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Do you realize what a lifesaver online based therapy can be for many people? Look at our work scedules, our lives in general, and you thin about how hard it is to fit on one more meeting one more appointment. Internet therapy makes this possible in a very real way for many people, it is going to be an outlet for people who have always wanted to try treatment and therapy to get some help but in a way that doe snot disrupt their lives. I am so thankful that this is now available and that there will be so many people who can hopefully take advantage of this medium.

  • Adam


    September 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I knew it!
    Keep the wife happy and everything else sort of falls into place.

  • sadie


    September 23rd, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Are you serious that this many men have actually admitted to being a perpetrator of abuse against women? I am surprised because I will admit that I have been in a lot of relationships in my life and not one time has this been with a man who has abused me wither physically, verbally or emotionally. I guess that given the numbers I have been very lucky but I have a hard time believing that in my sphere of friends there are probably many guys who, according to these stats, have done this to someone. If it is true then I have to say that I am very disappointed because the abuse is there and apparently the stories aren’t getting out.

  • Georgia


    September 24th, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Simply because your parents went to college or you went to college yourself does not in any way mean that you plan to take up and continue healthy eating habits. This is all about making healthy choices and with so many unhealthy choices that face us it is sometimes hard to do that and for kids especially. They are targets of the advertising industry and if the parents are not strong enough to make these choices for themselves then the kids will never have a chance at doing this either. It is something that has to be established very early on and the children need to see that this is how you eat to be healthy and happy. Happy meals don’t make healthy and happy.

  • marty


    September 25th, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    my dog is the happiest pup on earth… definitely not a pessimist!
    And good grief how depressing if she was because I have enough of that with the two legged people in my life!

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