Psychological Disorders and Therapy

Integrating Smartphone Technology in Behavioral Healthcare

With smartphone ownership quickly becoming commonplace in many countries, the number of available applications (apps) has continued to soar.  A growing number of these, according to Luxton, McCann, Bush, Mishkind, and Reger (2011), are designed to facilitate mental health education, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment. Examples include apps that track symptoms and if indicated offer a [...]

Child Psychologists’ Social Media Activity

Tunick, Mednick, and Conroy (2011) argued that with a large proportion of the population using Facebook and other social media sites, new dilemmas emerge for psychologists, particularly for those working with adolescents and children.  These include issues of self-disclosure, informed consent, and confidentiality.  Therapists often have easy access to online information about clients, and must [...]

Gender Differences in Combat-Related Stressors

The literature on exposure to noncombat trauma (such as assaults and accidents) tends to show women at higher risk for mental health problems. This study investigated the effects of combat exposure for 2,000 female and male service members who had returned from deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq within the previous year. Participants were administered a [...]

Psychological Consequences of Exposure to Gang Violence

Gang and community violence is a significant public health risk, with adolescents more likely to be the victims of violence than adults. Kelly (2010) conducted an extensive literature review to investigate the psychological consequences to adolescents of exposure to gang and community violence. She reviewed 103 studies on this topic that were published in peer-reviewed [...]