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Brief IN Snapshots of some of the latest peer-reviewed research within psychology and related fields. therapy, while the rest received CBT that also focused on problem-solving at work and the process of returning to work. Those who received the workbased therapy resumed work 65 days more quickly than participants receiving regular CBT. (Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, online Feb. 6) n Firefighters who perceive a lack of social support and tend to blame themselves are at increased risk for mental health problems, suggests a study conducted by psychologists at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University and Texas A&M Schools of Medicine. Researchers assessed 142 trauma-exposed, professional firefighters and found relatively low rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. Most problems were observed among those who perceived a lack of emotional and practical support and who blamed themselves when coping with stress. (Psychological Services, February) n Women are happier in relationships when men feel their pain, suggests research at Harvard Medical School. The study examined videotaped discussions between 156 heterosexual couples about a frustrating, disappointing or upsetting incident in their lives. The researchers also surveyed the couples on their overall relationship satisfaction and measured their ability to empathize. They found that the men’s ability to read their female partners’ emotions correctly predicted greater relationship satisfaction. (Journal of Family Psychology, online Feb. 27) Stockbyte Young black adult males are less likely to go back for mental health services than their white counterparts, suggests new research. n Young adult blacks males, especially those with higher levels of education, are less likely to seek mental health services than their white counterparts, according to researchers at Michigan State University. The study examined two samples of national data — one collected in 1994 and 1995 consisting of 6,504 adolescents ages 13 to 18, and another collected in 2001, with 4,881 adults ages 18 to 26. The analysis also found that while whites who had previously used mental health services were more likely to receive additional 16 services, the opposite was true for blacks. (Psychological Services, February) n A six-month intervention focused on dealing with work-related problems appears to help depressed and anxious employees return to work sooner, according to research led by scientists at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. The study followed 168 employees on sick leave due to psychological problems. Half received about six months of standard, evidence-based cognitive behavioral M O N I T O R O N P S Y C H O L O G Y • M AY 2 0 1 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - May 2012

Monitor on Psychology - May 2012
President’s Column
From the CEO
Math + science + motherhood = a tough combination
The rights of indigenous people take center stage at AAAS meeting
Interdisciplinary programs that are leading the way
Good Governance Project moves into its next phase
APA publishes third edition of seminal ADHD book for kids
Government Relations Update
In Brief
Random Sample
Judicial Notebook
Psychology’s first forays into film
Time Capsule
Presidential programming
Obesity researchers receive lifetime achievement awards
Top speakers for psychology’s top meeting
Science Watch
Homing in on sickle cell disease
Psychologist Profile
Alone in the ‘hole’
Public Interest
State Leadership Conference ‘12
Perspective on Practice
Education tops council’s agenda
Meet the candidates for APA’s 2014 president
Presidential election guidelines
Division Spotlight
American Psychological Foundation
Support for sexual miniorities

Monitor on Psychology - May 2012