Answering questions about trauma less distressing than waiting in line at a bank

One of the more interesting background notes to the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experience Study was that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) responsible for approving this particular research project involving human subjects nearly turned down the ACE Study. Its members thought that people who answered questions about trauma might be triggered and suffer a mental breakdown. They finally agreed to OK the study only on the condition that someone involved wear a pager 24/7 lest a person who answered the 200-question ACE survey become suicidal.

IRBs apparently have been reluctant to approve studies that asked people about trauma and sex, and this has led to delaying or stopping research that could be useful, according to this research overview by Dr. Rick Nauert on PsychCentral.com. This state of affairs led researchers Elizabeth Yeater, Geoffrey Miller, Jenny Rinehart, and Erica Nason at the

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Lincoln High police officer says farewell, notes decrease in police reports as other schools’ increase

Walla Walla Police Sgt. Kevin Braman

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IF YOU’RE AMONG THE MORE THAN 350,000 people (!!) who read the story about how Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, took a different approach to school discipline, with a resulting 85% drop in suspensions, I thought you might be interested in a note that the school’s police officer sent to the staff today, his last day at the school.
Kevin Braman is a police sergeant with the Walla

Roundup: Law enforcement tells Congress: fund early child programs; preventing child abuse requires many approaches; Catholic child-abuse coverup case to jury

EIGHTY LAW ENFORCEMENT officials in Montana added their names to the nearly 1500 nationwide who have signed a letter asking Congress to fund home-visitation programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, that prevent child abuse, according to a story by Missoulian.com reporter Gwen Florio. She quotes Missoula County Sheriff Carl Ibsen:

“I can think of a number of cases where I am now dealing with the grandchildren of people I started arresting when I was a young cop in 1972. I’m not far away from getting into dealing with their great-grandchildren.”

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