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Gun Violence and Our Kids, Military Veterans and Substance Abuse, Myths and Realities of Porn Addiction

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 1, 2018
  • 1:41:03

The Conversation We Need to Be Having About Gun Violence and Kids Guest: Melissa Allen Heath, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Brigham Young University Classes resumed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida today. School officials brought in additional counselors and added therapy dogs to classrooms.  Meanwhile President Trump continues to advocate for increasing school security and – and even arming some teachers. Let’s get a school psychologist’s perspective on this. Professor Heath recommends these resources for parents and teachers.       The Possible Solution to NYC Traffic Guest: John Rennie Short, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County If you had to pay a fee to go into your city’s downtown area during rush hour, would you think twice about making the trip in your car? Right now there’s a proposal in New York City to charge cars $11.52 to drive into lower Manhattan during business hours. This kind of “congestion pricing,” as it’s called, is rare in the US, but it has worked in London, Singapore and Stockholm. Military Veterans and Substance Use Disorders Guest: Elizabeth Evans, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Adults who grew up with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are more likely to turn to drug and alcohol abuse. Veterans are also more likely to turn to substances than civilians. A study of US military veterans realized a higher concentration of veterans also had adverse childhoods. The effect of ACEs in veterans compounds the risk of later substance abuse. According to civilian studies, men are more likely than women to turn to substances. But this new study saw that all veterans are more likely, regardless of gender. This means that female veterans are more like male veterans than they are like civilian women. And a surprisingly high percentage of female veterans had adverse childhood experiences, including the highest rate of childhood sexual abuse. The study tentatively says that among the veterans who did have ACEs, the men are more likely to use alcohol and the women to use drugs. Stories with The Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne, Host, The Apple Seed, BYUradio Sam shares stories from the Weber Storytelling Festival. How Terrorists Are Made Guest: Marc Sageman, MD, PhD, Terrorism Expert, Government Counterterrorism Consultant While ISIS has lost most of its territory in Iraq and Syria, the threat of its followers carrying out attacks around the world remains. Terrorism expert Marc Sageman has spent decades trying to understand what motivates a person to become a terrorist and he’s concluded that a lot of the traditional thinking on this is misguided. Mr. Sageman’s latest book is “Turning to Political Violence: The Emergence of Terrorism.” Myths and Realities of Porn Addiction Guest: Brian Willoughby, PhD, Associate Professor, Family Life, Brigham Young University It’s become increasingly likely, in this digital age, that children will have been exposed to pornography by the time they turn 18. As parents, activists and church leaders grow more vigilant – and vocal - about the dangers of pornography, there’s a risk they will perpetuate certain myths that could actually add to the harm.