Depressed Dads, Fewer Teens Having Sex, How Kids Can Help Victims in Japan

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by SHANIQUA MANNING / NWCN

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Posted on March 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 10:03 AM

Depressed Dads
 

A new study is shedding light on fathers who suffer from depression.  The report in Pediatrics finds depressed fathers are more likely to spank their children than dads who do not suffer from depression. But a majority of the depressed dads, 82%, reported taking to their child to the pediatrician for a well child visit.  Researchers say these doctor appointments may provide a good opportunity for physicians to discuss parenting habits with fathers, and assist them in getting help.


Teens are “doing it” less


It might be surprising to hear but fewer teens and young adults are having sex.  That's according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control.  Officials say the proportion of 15 to 24 year olds who've had sex dropped from 78% to 72% over the last decade.  What the study doesn’t tell us is why.  But experts cite everything from abstinence education, to concern about sexually transmitted diseases as possible factors.
 

How Kids Can Help the Quake Victims
 

The disaster unfolding in Japan is tough for many adults to watch, let alone kids.  Children will likely have lots of questions.  Among them, “How can I help?”   Here are some ideas to help you get started?  Donate to relief groups like The American Red Cross through our Northwest Response.  You can get your kids involved by organizing a fund-raising project at school.  A bake sale can raise a lot of money and kids will feel empowered knowing they're contributing.  And keep this in mind, aid organizations say the most helpful kind of donation after a disaster is money.  So don't donate clothing or other basics.  In most cases it's cheaper for organizations to buy supplies locally than to transport donated goods.  

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