Violence May Be Impossible to Predict, and Other News

man sitting alone in hallwayLast week’s rampage shooting has reignited discussions about how to prevent future tragedies. Spree killers are often loners with no prior criminal history, and their social isolation can make it difficult to detect unhealthy or dangerous behavior. Experts such as Risdon Slate, a Florida Southern College professor of criminology, argue that finding and stopping killers is not a precise science.

Most people who struggle with loneliness, anger, or depression don’t commit violent acts, so isolation is not a sufficient predictor. Similarly, experts can’t use mental health issues to predict violent behavior, since people with such issues are more likely to be crime victims rather than perpetrators. Instead, there may be warning signs that friends and family notice, and coming forward with such information may be the only way to save lives.

Anxious Parents Can Learn How to Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids

Parents with anxiety are more likely to raise children with anxiety. While genetics play a role, parents who have anxiety also tend to model nervous behavior to their children. For parents worried about turning their kids into anxious adults, there is a mounting body of evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy can help both parents and their children learn to control their emotions.

When Dads Help With Household Chores, Daughters Expand Career Options

Research on 326 children found that a father’s tendency to do his fair share of housework was the single greatest predictor of daughters’ career aspirations.

Abnormal Lung Scan May Be ‘Teachable Moment’ for Smokers

It’s no secret that smoking is dangerous, but for most smokers, a distant health consequence can’t override the pull of a powerful addiction. But a study that examined 14,000 smokers ranging in age from 55 to 70 found that people who had abnormal lung scans were more likely to ditch the habit. Even more promising, an abnormal scan continued to affect smokers’ behavior for five years after the initial scan.

Emotional, Behavioral, and Relationship Struggles a Greater Risk for Children of Deployed Parents

Two million American children have at least one deployed military parent. The effects of deployment aren’t innocuous, though. Research shows that children whose parents are deployed face more emotional and relationship challenges. David Albright, a professor at the University of Missouri School of Social Work, argues that military children may need more assistance from social workers and teachers at school.

Study Suggests More Maternal Mental Health Surveillance Needed

Women who have recently given birth are frequently screened for postpartum depression, and media reports suggest that this form of depression poses a significant public health threat. A questionnaire-based study that examined 1,507 women, however, suggests that women’s depression peaks not immediately after birth, but when their children are four years old. Women were most likely to report depression symptoms if they had previously experienced them, but domestic violence, low income, stressful life events, and young age (18 to 24 years) were also correlated with higher rates of depression.

Discrimination Can Occur Without Hostility and Without Any Intent to Discriminate

Discrimination isn’t always the product of hostility, and it may not even be intentional. A new review of five decades of discrimination research emphasizes that discrimination is frequently the product of favoritism for one’s own group. Consequently, the group that is currently in power tends to stay in power. The researchers conducting the review emphasize that hostility can still play a role in discrimination, but that the everyday discrimination reported by so many minority groups is more typically a product of simple in-group favoritism.

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  • Sophia

    Sophia

    May 30th, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Oh my gosh, all of these shootings and all of these warning signs that we don’t see or maybe choose not to see, I don’t know what is going on. It makes my heart sink every time I hear about something like this because I have this fear that it could happen at my child’s school or maybe it could even be my child and we don’t really know what we are to look out for. I think that in this newest case there were definitely signs that either people missed ir the right people just were not mpaying attention to his rants, but obviously there were clues that something was wroing with this kid but there was no one prepared to do anything about it, and now it is too late.

  • glynnis

    glynnis

    May 30th, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    While I am glad that those who get those abnormal lung scans seem to then stop smoking it really is too bad that some of them don’t get that kind of news sooner, especially those who end up with lung cancer itself.
    I know that it would be unethical but scared straight wouldn’t always be such a bad thing for doctors to try with their patients would it, especially if you knew that saying something like that would help them ditch a bad habit to begin with?

  • Janet A

    Janet A

    May 31st, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    I am so glad that my husband and my daughter’s father has always made it a point o play an active role in the home and to not just be the one to sit and watch tv while I do all the housework. Now is helping around the house what he would like to do? Probably not and I understand that, but it is is not always my favorite thing to either! But he and I have always tried to pretty much split things 50/50 and I think that this has been good for our daughter to see that men need to participate just as much in homelife as females do. It shows her that it is not her job to dop everything for a man and that we all have to pitch in and do stuff sorund the house together to make the house a home.

  • Ann Marie

    Ann Marie

    June 2nd, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    The violence that so many of us are witnessing is frightening, but in some ways it has become so predictable that it almost feels like there are a lot of people who have become immune. We don’t need to give up on trying to learn more about what causes certain people to act this way and carry out such horrible violence against others in their lives.

  • sylvie

    sylvie

    June 4th, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I would never want my children to feel the oppression that I feel daily by anxiety and panic attacks. There are times when this simply paralyzes me and I can’t leave the house or work up the courage to do much of anything. It is hard knowing that the kids see that and I want to reassure them that their lives don’t have to be like this, that there is more out there, but then I know that they see me and they wonder of this is to be their fate too. I do see someone and take medications and they do help and I think that I am getting better thankfully, but there are still sometimes when I think that I won’t be able to breathe and it takes over.

  • Kit

    Kit

    June 11th, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Why do we think that it is so hard to predict who the violent people in our lives will be? I can look at some people and know their backstories and know that they are going to be trouble. I don’t really think that this is that hard, and if it means profiling then so be it. I would rather do that than to have more incidents like the ones we always seem to be facing over and over again.

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