Entries by Dr. Jenna

Dr. Jenna Speaks to the Weaknesses of a Same Sex Parenting Study

By CARRIE GANN (@carrie_gann) , ABC News Medical Unit June 11, 2012 A new study finds that adult children of parents in same-sex relationships fare worse socially, psychologically and physically than people raised in other family arrangements. Critics call the study deeply flawed, saying the results don’t accurately describe — or even measure — any children raised in stable […]

7-12 Year Old Girls: Calls From Mom Relieve Stress

It may surprise many, but for girls 7-12 years old, a call from Mom can relieve –YES, RELIEVE–Stress! Biological anthropologist Leslie Seltzer of University of Wisconsin-Madison, tested a group of 7- to 12-year-old girls. She had them give an impromptu speech and solve a series of math problems in front of a panel of strangers. These […]

That First Uncomfortable Sex Question

This article by Laura Scholes, in which she interviews Dr. Jenna, appeared first on http://www.greatschools.org Just when the tantrums have subsided and you think it’s safe to take your child on an extended shopping trip again, don’t be surprised if you encounter another land mine in the checkout line. “Mommy, how did the baby get into that […]

Few Teens with Hypomania Will Become Manic

According to a soon-to-be-published study in the Journal of Affective Disorders, Swedish researchers concluded that only a small proportion of depressed adolescents with hypomanic episodes will develop bipolar disorder in adulthood. The study participants came from a community-based sample of 2300 adolescents who were screened for depression and hypomania between 1991 and 1993. Of these, […]

Sexting, Teens, and the Law

More and more schools are being challenged to deal with “sexting”  by their students. “Sexting” is the sending of sexually suggestive photos and messages by a cell phone. Some schools have depended on the legal system to manage these issues. In the fall of 2008, the Tunkhannock Area School District in Pennsylvania discovered the (nude […]

Media In Children And Adolescents, Media Reviews | Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consulting

Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance THIS EDITORIAL first appeared at The Daily Beast athttp://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/09/ashley-judd-slaps-media-in-the-face-for-speculation-over-her-puffy-appearance.html editorial@thedailybeast.com. Ashley Judd’s ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women. The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of […]

Suicide Pact : Dr Saul and Dr Garbarino Testify

Issues of social immaturity and isolation, combined with romantic images from vampire novels, allegedly led a then-16-year-old boy to attempt suicide with a classmate, doctors testified Monday. And, doctors concluded, the juvenile court system should be the venue to deal with the teen, who is facing an attempted murder charge in adult court for the […]

Why Do Young Children Kill?

All states wrestle with how to protect society from children who kill while making sure they get the rehabilitation they need, and ensuring  justice for victims’ families. The most effective rehabilitation comes from juvenile programs where young children receive therapy in a positive environment and behavioral interventions aimed at increasing empathy, self-management, and self-regulation. In […]

When Young Children Kill: Rehabilitation Not Punishment!

All states wrestle with how to protect society from children who kill while making sure they get the rehabilitation they need, and ensuring  justice for victims’ families. The most effective rehabilitation comes from juvenile programs where young children receive therapy in a positive environment and behavioral interventions aimed at increasing empathy, self-management, and self-regulation. In […]