Category Archives: Friday Factoids

Friday Factoid: Parental Decision Making in Youth Football

The beginning of August welcomes the return of school and, for many Americans, the arrival of fall sports. The humid summer gives way to crisp fall days and the return of youth football. The sounds of whistles and pads cracking … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Dog Days of Summer

Studying the history of psychoanalysis, I came across an interesting fact regarding Sigmund Freud. Freud was very fond of a Chow dog he eloquently named “Jofi.”  Jofi had a calming effect both on Freud and his patients. During therapy sessions, … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: The Return of the Lion King

The summer heat falls slowly upon those of us in the bluegrass during this time of year. It is important to note that many of us find a respite in the swimming holes, mountain streams, or numerous lakes in the … Continue reading

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Article Review: Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Gaudiano, B. A., & Paquin, K. (2013) Mindfulness interventions for schizophrenia: A meta-analysis.

Mindfulness is a diverse concept which originated in the eastern traditions and has taken on new life in operational definitions in psychology, including de-centering, awareness of sensations, and openness to inner experiences. These labels for mindfulness have a strong place … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: Well That’s Depressing: Analysis of Depression Data Shows Increased Rate of the Disorder

Depression is one of the most common mood disorders. Nationally representative data was analyzed between 2005 and 2014 to determine disparities focusing on this condition (Todd & Teitler, 2018) . The data was split by gender and levels of education. … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: How Bad Do I Hurt, Mommy: Gender Bias in Adult Perception of Pediatric Pain

Assessing a child’s pain is a crucial aspect of pediatrics. Adults are those who are typically the advocates and voices for children when speaking to doctors about pain and the potential management of such pain. Examination of over 500 online … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Sleep Is Not What It Used To Be: Change in Sleep Trends

Analyzing the data of 398 participants aged 18 to 84, Americans reported getting less sleep than they were 15 years ago (Sheehand, Frochen, Walsemann & Ailshire, 2019). Sleep was categorized into three separate groups:  ≤6 hours (short sleep), 7-8 (adequate … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Stability When Unstable: Borderline Personality Disorder May Have Elements that Change Over Time

Borderline Personality Disorder is generally perceived as an unchanging condition which has very little ebb and flow to its course. However, longitudinal data presents a different perspective when looked over a 10-year time span. The Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Combating Stress with Mindfulness

Stress is the most significant risk factor for expenditures in healthcare (Azagba & Sharaf, 2011). Mindfulness-based (MB) interventions, specifically Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are one approach to efficiently dealing with stress (Shapiro, Astin, Bishop, & Cordova, 2005). Jon Kabat-Zinn developed … Continue reading

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Friday Factoid: Engagement in Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Like most psychological interventions, mindfulness-based interventions cannot help when individuals fail to engage in them. A randomized clinical trial (RCT) conducted by Barkan et al. (2016) examined 100 individuals (62% female, sample mean age = 72) in a community sample … Continue reading

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