Allegations cloud APA Mental Health and Abortion report

The APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion was chaired by Dr. Brenda Major, psychology professor from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The same day the APA Council of Representatives approved the report, the Elliot Institute's David Reardon released the following presse release. The release claims Dr. Major did not release data, collected with help of a federal grant, when requested. APA ethics guidelines would require the sharing of such data. This is relevant since Dr. … [Read more...]

David Fergusson reacts to the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report

I asked New Zealand researcher, David Fergusson, about the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report out today. He was one of 20 reviewers who commented extensively on the draft report. I specifically asked him what he thought of this statement from Task Force chair, Brenda Major in a Reuter's report:"The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single … [Read more...]

Early reaction to the APA Mental Health and Abortion report

When this New York Times article was released, the APA report had not been approved. … [Read more...]

APA abortion and mental health report: Single abortion not a threat to women's mental health

No surprises here. This news release from the APA was distributed late this evening.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, Aug. 12, 2008Contact: Kim I. Mills(202) 336-6048(571) 216-5596 - cellAPA TASK FORCE FINDS SINGLE ABORTION NOT A THREAT TO WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTHCalls for Better-Designed Future ResearchBOSTON – There is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women, acc … [Read more...]

Wall Street Journal previews APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report

Today's Wall Street Journal's Stephanie Simon has an article regarding the APA Mental Health and Abortion Task Force. Titled "New Front on the Abortion Battle," the article previews the APA committee's report due to be considered tomorrow (Wed. 8/13/08).The article begins:For decades, the cultural battle over abortion has been about what goes on inside a woman's womb. But more and more, the focus is shifting to what goes on inside her head.Activists on both sides are awaiting a … [Read more...]

Interviews with Joseph Nicolosi

Here is a three part interview with Joseph Nicolosi, who discusses his views of homosexuality and his approach to therapy.Part OnePart TwoPart ThreeI don't agree with the basic theory but I wanted to provide the links for those of us who study the various approaches. When I study an approach, I like to have the current information, and these appear to be very recent.Let's have an open forum on this... … [Read more...]

More new directions from New Directions

Ah, so many word plays...Won't be blogging much this week, but some posts will appear by the magic of delayed publication. Here is a bit of a follow up to the post from College Jay. Wendy Gritter over at New Directions is asking some good Qs, so chime in here or there or both. … [Read more...]

Home schooling legal (again) in CA

In March, a California court issued a ruling casting doubt on the ability of California parents to home school without having a teaching certificate. Today the court reversed itself with good news for home school advocates and said the issue was a matter for the legislature to address.CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said,"This is a victory for California's students, parents and education community. This decision confirms the right every California child has to a quality education and the … [Read more...]


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