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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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    Culture Shift: Dealing with Toxic Masculinity

    The world bombards us with destructive and confusing messages about how we should behave, what we should look like, and what emotions we are allowed to have. More often than not, these stereotypes are based on gender: those identifying as male are seem as being strong, aggressive, and unemotional while those identifying as female typified […]

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    Compassion: Antidote to Toxic Stress

    Watching or listening to the news has become more difficult lately, particularly as we see friends, family, or even strangers suffer. This likely has implications for many professions (physicians, first responders, caregivers), but everyone can become distressed, even burned out, when witnessing the pain of others. But new work out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison […]

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    Preventing Suicidal Ideation and Attempt through Chrysalis After-School

    A report released in May reported a significant rise in the number of school-age children and teens thinking of, or actually attempting suicide. An estimated 2 million teens attempt suicide annually, and 15 die every day. According to a study released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, from 2008 to 2015, the number […]

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    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Chrysalis has long invested in a variety of violence prevention and awareness efforts and the organizations that deliver these services in Greater Des Moines. In 2013, Chrysalis partnered with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines to create GirlPower, a Chrysalis After-School program intervention component that focuses on reducing dating and relationship violence among girls. Each […]

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  • Gender Roles and the Holidays

    The American Psychological Association reports that only 25% of women admit to relaxing during the holidays.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 44% of women report higher stress levels: feeling the pressure to plan, shop, decorate, cook, coordinate, and entertain. Gender-coded roles also demand that we create the “perfect” holiday – media scenes of perfect domesticity, increasing […]

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    Let Her Learn

    Across the country, girls are being pushed out of school.  So says a campaign by the National Women’s Law Center entitled Let Her Learn. Often, the problems begin with school suspension for what are considered “disciplinary” issues, leading to lost class time, falling behind, and dropping out.  But a majority of times, research concludes that […]

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    Cyberbullying: A Gender Issue

    We all remember the campaign speech last fall, when future First Lady Melania Trump announced she would adopt a key issue after the election: combatting cyber-bullying.  Although the speech was met with a hearty measure of skepticism (particularly in the current online climate including her husband’s tweets), her message was important.  “It is never okay,” […]

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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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    April is the Month to Recognize and Prevent Sexual Assault

    As you know, April is the month to recognize and prevent sexual assault. According to the Iowa Department of Human Rights, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.  Its definition is: Sexual assault is any sexual activity where consent is not given freely. This includes cases where the survivor is unable to give their […]

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