Juvenile-In-Justice project a grim picture of traumatized kids in traumatizing system

Some of the 1,000 images that photographer Richard Ross took over the five-year project will appear in a book.


Photographer Richard Ross spent five…count ’em…five years photographing kids in our country’s juvenile justice detention centers. The resulting Juvenile-In-Justice project “includes images of over 1,000 juveniles and administrators over 200 facilities in 31 states in the U.S, plus extensive information collected from interviews,” according to his site. He’s publishing a book (no info on his site about the publication date, however), and organizing a traveling exhibition.

In a PBS News Hour feature on his work, he described how he gained access to these places. He said he regarded “No” as a starting point:

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Roundup: Past trauma, not hate behind Tulsa shootings? Philly doc makes case for family violence screening; ND gives grants to enhance abuse-free environments for kids

A close family friend of one of the suspects in the Tulsa, OK, shootings in which Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, are being held in the deaths of three African-Americans  says it wasn’t hate that led England to his actions, but past trauma that sent him over the edge, according to NewsOn6.com reporter Tess Maune.

Jake England grew up with what many would consider a dysfunctional family life. His parents divorced when he was young. When he was just 13, his mother was sentenced to 28 years in

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Roundup: Autism and obesity? Talking ACEs in Olympia, WA; childhood trauma and lower IQ scores; Catholic clergy child sex abuse cases up 15%

You’ve probably heard about the research in Pediatrics showing that children born to obese mothers are at higher risk of autism. “The study of more than 1,000 children found that the offspring of obese mothers had a 67 percent higher risk of autism than the children of normal-weight moms, and more than double the risk of having developmental delays, such as language impairment,” according to an overview on HealthDay.com. But did you see this important bit of context provided by Bryan Fung on TheAtlantic.com?

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Roundup: Cherokee grapple with 7 generations of trauma; a year in life of foster mom; recovery possible from (some) adverse childhood experiences

Patricia Grant (photo by Caitlin Byrd, Mountain Express)

When working with substance abuse and mental health issues in Cherokee people, social worker Patricia Grant said yesterday during a presentation at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, she knows that she’s dealing not only with that individual’s trauma, but with historical trauma that’s

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Roundup: One doc’s fascinating journey with obese patient; Minnesota children in prison experience more family violence; Newark, OH, op-ed on child abuse and brain damage

In this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, Peter Vash, a physician at the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Medicine, described a several-year journey with a morbidly obese patient that ended with the woman losing nearly 160 pounds and living a happier life.

Unlike most physicians, Vash did a detailed history in which he learned that Paula (not her real name) had been sexually molested by an uncle when she was a child. For a very long time, she did not associate her over-eating with her molestation. Vash’s story looks at how she arrived at that knowledge, and how that was critical to her recovering her health. Here’s some of what she told him (she gave Vash permission to tell her story):

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Roundup: Time to add parenting classes to the 3 Rs?; fund Victims of Child Abuse Act; campaign in Las Vegas advises: Choose partners carefully

In 2006, 4,569 kids under the age of 18 were hospitalized as a result of child abuse; 300 of those children died. So the U.S. could use more methods to protect  children, according to this story by Bonnie Rothman on Time’s Healthland. She describes a growing subspecialty — the board-certified child abuse pediatrician, “who focuses on identifying child maltreatment and neglect”. Dr. Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a child abuse pediatrician and worked for a couple of decades to establish the specialty.

Part of the job of the child abuse pediatrician is to advocate for ways to improve parenting skills,

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Roundup: Brief therapy heals trauma in kids; a cautionary tale for child protective services

One of the issues that many pediatricians and family practitioners have in screening for child trauma is the lack of effective treatment for the child. Jane Brody did a terrific post on the New York Times Well blog about a therapy that significantly reduces post traumatic stress symptoms in just four to six structured sessions that involve the caregiver and the child, together and apart.

The treatment is called Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). It was developed by Steven R. Marans, professor of psychiatry at Yale University and director of the Childhood Violent Trauma Clinic at Yale School of Medicine’s  Child Study Center, Dr. Steven J. Berkowitz, now a child psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Carla Smith Stover, an assistant professor at Yale’s Child Study Center. They published results of the therapy in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology in 2010 (online) and in print (June 2011).

The children completing the intervention were 65 percent less likely than those in the comparison group to have developed full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder and 73 percent less likely to experience partial or full post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers said.

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