WEIGHT-BASED BULLYING LINKED TO INCREASED ADOLESCENT ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA USE
Adolescents who are bullied about their weight or body shape may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than those who are not bullied.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE HALT TO SHARING IMMIGRANT YOUTHS' CONFIDENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPY NOTES WITH ICE
APA expressed shock and outrage that the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has been sharing confidential psychotherapy notes with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deny asylum to some immigrant youths.
IMPROVING EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION KEY TO PROTECTING INNOCENT PEOPLE
Law enforcement officials can reduce mistakes by eyewitnesses to crimes if they follow a series of recommendations that include interviewing witnesses as soon as possible after a crime and videotaping the session.
RELIGIOUS, MORAL BELIEFS MAY EXACERBATE CONCERNS ABOUT PORN ADDICTION
Moral or religious beliefs may lead some people to believe they are addicted to pornography even when their porn use is low or average
MAJORITY OF US ADULTS BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE IS MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TODAY
As the effects of climate change become more evident, more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change.
PEOPLE MAY LIE TO APPEAR HONEST
When people obtain extremely favorable outcomes, they anticipate other people’s suspicious reactions and prefer lying and appearing honest over telling the truth and looking like selfish liars.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING ALLOWING IMPLEMENTATION OF ‘PUBLIC CHARGE’ RULE
Statement of APA President Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the administration to begin implementing a new 'public charge' rule that would limit the eligibility of low-income immigrants to access federal programs, including health, housing and nutrition programs.
GRUS APPOINTED CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER OF APA
Catherine L. Grus, PhD, a former assistant professor of psychology and 15-year veteran of the American Psychological Association, has been named the association’s chief education officer.
STRICT ADHERENCE TO TRADITIONAL MASCULINITY ASSOCIATED WITH MORE SEVERE PTSD IN VETS
To help service members perform better in the field, military training emphasizes the importance of certain traits associated with traditional masculinity, including suppression of emotion and self-reliance, but this can lead to difficulties such as PTSD.
WHEN CAREGIVERS NEED CARE
People who regularly care for or assist a family member or friend with a health problem or disability are more likely to neglect their own health, particularly by not having insurance or putting off necessary health services due to cost.
CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE CANNABIS RESEARCH LESS CUMBERSOME, APA SAYS IN WRITTEN TESTIMONY
Congress should streamline the cumbersome, redundant and unnecessary regulations surrounding research on cannabis, making it easier for psychologists to continue studying its beneficial uses and developing effective treatments for its abuse.
APA COMMENDS CONGRESS FOR ALLOCATING FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH
Reducing gun violence is a top priority of APA.
STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL WHEN THEY CAN UNDERSTAND, MANAGE EMOTIONS
Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores.
LONELINESS MAY BE DUE TO INCREASING AGING POPULATION
Despite some claims that Americans are in the midst of a 'loneliness epidemic,' older people today may not be any lonelier than their counterparts from previous generations.
APA CRITICIZES PROPOSAL TO STOP ENFORCING NON-DISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR HHS GRANTS
APA strongly criticized the administration’s proposal to halt enforcement of nondiscrimination requirements in Department of Health and Human Services grant rules, asserting that removing such protections will harm the most vulnerable populations.
INTERNATIONAL LEADERS OF PSYCHOLOGY ISSUE RESOLUTION AFFIRMING CLIMATE CHANGE A ‘SERIOUS GLOBAL THREAT’
The leaders of more than 40 psychological associations from around the world have signed a resolution asserting that climate change 'is a serious global threat, is occurring faster than previously anticipated, and is contributed to by human behavior.'
PERSONALITY TRAITS AFFECT RETIREMENT SPENDING
How quickly you spend your savings in retirement may have as much or more to do with your personality than whether you have a lot of debt or want to leave an inheritance.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD MEET TO DISCUSS APPLICATION OF PSYCHOLOGY TO STEM CLIMATE CHANGE
The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 nations gathered 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.
APA ELECTS ATLANTA CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR JENNIFER KELLY 2021 PRESIDENT
Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, owner and director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine, has been elected the 2021 president of the American Psychological Association.
STATEMENT OF AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO DECISION OVERTURNING SO-CALLED ‘CONSCIENCE’ EXCEPTION TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE
Rule could have denied health care to vulnerable populations, APA asserts
BLOODLINES MAY MATTER MORE THAN LOVE WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH
Strained relationships with parents, siblings or extended family members may be more harmful to people’s health than a troubled relationship with a significant other.
OLDER ADULTS FIND GREATER WELL-BEING IN SMALLER SOCIAL NETWORKS, STUDY FINDS
Quality social relationships boost well-being and may be as important to people under age 45 as they are to those over age 60.
2019 STRESS IN AMERICA METHODOLOGY
Describes the methodology used to conduct the Oct. 2019 Stress in America™ survey.
HEALTH CARE, MASS SHOOTINGS, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAUSING AMERICANS SIGNIFICANT STRESS, NEW STRESS IN AMERICA™ SURVEY FINDS
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 APA.
PRESS RELEASES: NOVEMBER 2019
A list of November 2019 press releases from the American Psychological Association (APA).
MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS WITH BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER POTENTIALLY AT HIGHER RISK FOR HEART ATTACKS, STUDY SAYS
Middle-aged adults who show symptoms of borderline personality disorder may be at greater risk for a heart attack, as they show physical signs of worsening cardiovascular health more than other adults.
APA STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF DIGNITY IN AGING ACT
The American Psychological Association applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage today of the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, which would reauthorize and amend programs under the Older Americans Act.
WOMEN CEOS JUDGED MORE HARSHLY THAN MEN FOR CORPORATE ETHICAL FAILURES
People are less likely to support an organization after an ethical failure if the business is led by a woman.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT MARKING WORLD POVERTY DAY
A statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, marking World Poverty Day.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT REGARDING SUPREME COURT CASE EXAMINING WHETHER DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY SHOULD BE ILLEGAL
The statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association in the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
ARIZONA STATE’S MCNAMARA FIRST EDITOR OF NEW OPEN-ACCESS APA JOURNAL
This interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal will feature research on human–technology interaction with a focus on human behavior at individual or group levels.
POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS BOOST SELF-ESTEEM, AND VICE VERSA
Positive social relationships, social support and social acceptance help shape the development of self-esteem in people over time across ages 4 to 76.
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES BLAMED MORE OFTEN FOR SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY WHITE PERPETRATORS
People are more likely to blame violent video games as a cause of school shootings by white perpetrators than by African American perpetrators, possibly because of racial stereotypes that associate minorities with violent crime.
APA NAMES NEW CHIEF OF PSYCHOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
APA has named Brian D. Smedley, PhD, its chief of psychology in the public interest, charged with leading the association’s efforts to bring the science and practice of psychology to some of the country’s most pressing societal issues, with an emphasis on underserved populations.
APA STATEMENT ON PROPOSAL THAT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT USE TECHNOLOGY TO PREDICT WHO WILL BECOME VIOLENT
The statement of Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of APA, regarding a call to the administration to create a new research arm within the proposed Health Advanced Research Projects Agency to explore using technology to detect when people with mental illnesses are about to become violent.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT REGARDING HHS INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS ON CARE, TREATMENT OF MIGRANT CHILDREN
The statement of Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, regarding the facilities and mental health personnel responsible for migrant children being held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
APA STATEMENT ON EXPECTED RULE ELIMINATING 20-DAY LIMIT ON DETAINING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN
Statement of Jaime 'Jim' Diaz-Granados, PhD, deputy CEO of the American Psychological Association, regarding the administration’s expected decision to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement, which limited to 20 days the time immigrant children can be held in custody.
ONE-THIRD OF US ADULTS SAY FEAR OF MASS SHOOTINGS PREVENTS THEM FROM GOING TO CERTAIN PLACES OR EVENTS
Hispanic adults more than twice as likely as white non-Hispanics to say they experience mass shooting-related stress often or constantly.
UN TERCIO DE LA POBLACIÓN ADULTA ESTADOUNIDENSE AFIRMA QUE EL MIEDO A LAS MASACRES CON ARMAS DE FUEGO LES IMPIDE IR A CIERTOS LUGARES Y EVENTOS
Adultos hispanos son dos veces más propensos que los blancos no hispanos a sentir estrés frecuente o constante relacionado con tiroteos masivos.
POOR FIT BETWEEN JOB DEMANDS, REASONING ABILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS
Older workers whose reasoning abilities no longer allow them to meet the demands of their jobs may be more likely to develop chronic health conditions and retire early, which may not be ideal for the employee or employer,
STATEMENT OF APA CEO ON ADMINISTRATION DECISION TO PENALIZE IMMIGRANTS WHO RELY ON PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Rule will harm physical, mental health of vulnerable populations.
CLIMATE CHANGE CONVERSATIONS CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR BOTH SKEPTICS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS
Having productive conversations about climate change isn’t only challenging when dealing with skeptics, it can also be difficult for environmentalists.
PSYCHOLOGY CAN HELP PREVENT DEADLY CHILDHOOD ACCIDENTS
Injuries have overtaken infectious disease as the leading cause of death for children worldwide, and psychologists have the research needed to help predict and prevent deadly childhood mishaps.
WHY STRESS AND ANXIETY AREN'T ALWAYS BAD
People generally think of stress and anxiety as negative concepts, but while both stress and anxiety can reach unhealthy levels, psychologists have long known that both are unavoidable — and that they often play a helpful, not harmful, role in our daily lives.
REGULAR EXERCISE MAY SLOW DECLINE IN THOSE AT RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S
Moderate exercise is not only good for memory as people age, it also appears to help prevent the development of physical signs of Alzheimer’s, known as biomarkers, in those who are at risk for the disease.
OLDER ADULTS MORE LIKELY TO CONDEMN EVEN ACCIDENTAL HARM
As people get older, they are more likely to condemn and want to punish others for acts that cause harm, even if no harm was intended.
WHEN WORKING WITH ANIMALS CAN HURT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for burnout, compassion fatigue, depression, anxiety and even suicide.
FOOD INSECURITY COMMON ACROSS US HIGHER EDUCATION CAMPUSES
Many university and college students across the U.S. report lacking access to a reliable supply of nutritious food, a concept known as food insecurity, which can affect their ability to learn.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES CAN ACCESS HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Immigrants and refugees in the United States are at risk of psychological harm due to factors including the stress of starting a new life away from family and culture, as well as prejudice and discrimination.
SEVENTH EDITION OF APA'S BEST-SELLING PUBLICATION MANUAL TO PUBLISH IN OCTOBER WITH A 700,000 FIRST PRINTING
The seventh edition of the best-selling Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association will go on sale in October, with a first printing of 700,000 copies.
STATEMENT OF APA CEO ON GUN VIOLENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH
Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association, in reaction to President Trump’s statement regarding gun violence and mental illness, said blaming mental illness for gun violence is simplistic, inaccurate — and prevents us from solving the problem.
YOUNG TEENS OF COLOR MORE LIKELY TO AVOID PEERS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Students identifying as black or Latino are more likely to say they would socially distance themselves from peers with a mental illness, a key indicator of mental illness stigma.
STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, OHIO
APA President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD, ABPP, says in a statement about the mass shootings in El Pase, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that hate + guns = public health crisis.
MIDDLE-SCHOOL LATINO CHILDREN REPORT MORE DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AFTER FAMILY MEMBER ARRESTED, STUDY FINDS
Latino children who experience the immigration-related arrest of a family member report more severe levels of depression than those who don’t have such an experience, especially if one or both parents are undocumented.
PSYCHOLOGISTS FOCUS ON COMBATING SUICIDE
Special session at APA’s Annual Convention brings together leading experts to address growing suicide crisis.
PSYCHOLOGY ADDRESSES DEEP POVERTY
Opening session at APA’s Annual Convention to focus on psychology of subsisting well below poverty line.
PSYCHOLOGISTS HELPING COMMUNITIES ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE
Special session at APA’s Annual Convention focuses on how psychology can have an impact on one of society’s biggest problems.
MISSILE STRIKE FALSE ALARM MOST STRESSFUL FOR LESS ANXIOUS HAWAIIANS, STUDY FINDS
After learning that a warning of a missile headed to Hawaii was a false alarm, the most anxious local Twitter users calmed down more quickly than less anxious users.
WOMEN NOW SEEN AS EQUALLY AS OR MORE COMPETENT THAN MEN
Women are now seen as being as competent as men, if not more so, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
"RACIST POLICE OFFICER" STEREOTYPE MAY BECOME A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY
Belief in the 'racist police officer' stereotype may become a self-fulfilling prophecy for law enforcement officers and lead to increased support for forceful or threatening policing tactics.
MUSIC STUDENTS SCORE BETTER IN MATH, SCIENCE, ENGLISH THAN NONMUSICAL PEERS
High schoolers who take music courses score significantly better on exams in certain other subjects, including math and science, than their nonmusical peers.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS LOSING TRUST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, JUSTICE SYSTEM
High school seniors’ confidence in law enforcement and the justice system significantly declined from 2006 to 2017 while their faith in religious organizations and schools was comparatively higher and more stable
"WHOLE PERSON" APPROACH NEEDED TO SOLVE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, SAYS APA
Solving the opioid epidemic requires a 'whole person' approach that includes nonpharmacological treatment for pain, as well as ensuring that people have the employment, education and housing supports they need for long-term recovery.
FINANCIAL VULNERABILITY MAY DISCOURAGE POSITIVE NEGOTIATION STRATEGIES
People who feel financially vulnerable may be prone to believing incorrectly their success in negotiations must come at the expense of the other party, leading them to ignore the potential for more cooperative and mutually beneficial options.
LACK OF SLEEP MAY INCREASE LIKELIHOOD OF TEENS ENGAGING IN RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIORS
Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms or having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
PRESS RELEASES: JUNE 2019
A list of the June 2019 APA press releases.
BELIEF IN LEARNING STYLES MYTH MAY BE DETRIMENTAL
Many people, including educators, believe learning styles are set at birth and predict both academic and career success even though there is no scientific evidence to support this common myth.
APA HIGHLIGHTS BOOKS FOR LGBTQ+ CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOR PRIDE MONTH
In honor of Pride Month, the American Psychological Association is highlighting books from its children’s book imprint, Magination Press, that are for LGBTQ+ children, young adults, families and allies.