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  • June 15, 2008
  • 03:51 AM

RAND Study:Virginity Pledge Works (Sometimes),But Only For Those Who've Already Pledged

by W. D. Craft in psychescientia

TOPICS: adolescent sex & culture, misleading news releases

The news release picked up by Science Daily (among others) from RAND corp about a recent study of virginity pledges touts the potential effectiveness of such pledges:

Virginity Pledges May Help Postpone Intercourse Among Youth

Making a virginity pledge may help some young people postpone the start of sexual activity, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Researchers found that adolescents who made pledges to remain virgins until........ Read more »

Steven Martino, Marc N Elliot, Rebecca L Collins, David E Kanouse, & Sandra H Berry. (2008) Virginity Pledges Among the Willing: Delays in First Intercourse and Consistency of Condom Use. Journal of Adolescent Health, In Press(na).

  • May 27, 2008
  • 02:08 AM

Challenging GAD with Mindfulness

by W. D. Craft in psychescientia

TOPIC: psychology, peer-reviewed research

RECENT results from a small pilot study by Susan Evans & colleagues (2008, see full citation and summary below) add to the growing literature on the efficacy of mindfulness-based approaches to various psychological disorders, in this case applied to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a disabling anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety and associated physical symptoms in the face of little-or-no provocation (see, e.g. the NIMH site on GAD).

M........ Read more »

S EVANS, S FERRANDO, M FINDLER, C STOWELL, C SMART, & D HAGLIN. (2008) Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(4), 716-721. DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2007.07.005  

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