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    Media Savvy in the age of “Fake News”

    Nearly every day we hear the term “fake news” whether used in the political context, or increasingly, through social media platforms. Whether you find this disturbing or not, one thing has been proven: lies and falsehoods spread much more rapidly than the truth. So say researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) who studied news […]

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    Child Abuse Resources

    With the recent tragic deaths of 2 young women in foster care, we can wonder where in the “system” were the failures that led to these tragedies.  Data published by the American Journal of Public Health reported that by the time children in this country reach age 18, one in three has come in contact […]

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    Reviewing Iowa’s Current Mental Health Support System for Children

    Last year, a Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being Workgroup was created in response to direction from the Iowa Legislature – its purpose was to review and make recommendations on the current support system to Iowa’s children and families.  The Central Iowa Workgroup was led by Orchard Place, and it developed a proposed mental health crisis […]

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    Family Attitudes Change as Moves Toward Gender Equality Slows in US

    There’s a new attitude in town, and it may not be what we expect. Drawing data from nearly 40 years of surveys taken by high school seniors, sociologists found that millennials (born between 1982 and the early 2000s) have a shift in thinking about gender.  Although over 90% of millennials believe that women should have […]

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    Proposed Trump Budget through A Gender Lens

    Our work at Chrysalis involves helping decision-makers take into account how their decisions may disproportionately affect girls and women.  In this light, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the proposed budget received by Congress last week so that you gain an understanding of this “gender lens.” If the proposed 2018 budget would pass […]

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    Dolls Are Not Just for Girls

    Some of us have never heard of an “American Girl” doll.  Those who have, know that Mattel, an age-old toymaker familiar for its Barbie and Ken dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Matchbox cars, also know that the American Girl doll series is both culturally diverse and educational.  Originally, the product line focused on teaching girls […]

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    “A Typical American Girl” Today

    When Chrysalis shares information with others about what it’s like to be a “typical American girl” today, here are some of the sobering statistics given: WE ARE CONSTANTLY TOLD THAT TO BE “ACCEPTABLE,” WE MUST BE YOUNG, THIN, WHITE – OR AT LEAST LIGHT-SKINNED – PERFECTLY MADE UP, SEXY, AND APPEALING TO MEN…A MESSAGE MOST […]

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    Ignoring your child can be a form of abuse

    How does it affect children when parents and adults ignore them? “Ignoring” too much is a form of emotional abuse that can have lasting effects on a child. Emotional abuse – termed by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics as the “psychological maltreatment …

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