On the Record
"Men are a formidable group of individuals who have a warrior mentality: 'I can beat that.' And that warrior mentality is an obstacle to helping them."
--Psychologist Donna Cohen, PhD, of University of South Florida's department of aging and mental health, discussing Florida's increase in the rate of murder-suicides, especially by older men, and the difficulties in providing preventative treatment. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Aug. 8.
"Web sites like this may not increase the incidence of anorexia, but I believe that clinically, if a girl is anorexic, sites like these will actually compromise her recovery."
--Psychologist Joan Pinhas, PhD, co-president of Eating Disorder Professionals of Colorado, discussing pro-anorexia Web sites and chat rooms. Denver Post, July 17.
"Coaches are always looking for committed athletes, athletes who can push beyond the pain. You always hear it said that the team that's going to win is going to want it the most. But I think it's a fine line between being committed and being obsessed. When athletes ignore physical warning signs, that's where they start getting into serious trouble."
--Sports psychologist Jeff Janssen, of the University of Arizona, in an article discussing questions surrounding the Aug. 1 death of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Aug. 2.
"Teen-age mothers, for example. They're usually written up as real problem people, or being on welfare, or going on to have unstable marriages. Well, those studies report on young women just when they're at the worst period in their life--they just got pregnant, their boyfriend left them, the parents pushed them out of the house, they dropped out of school. Indeed, they have the odds against them. But over time, the vast majority turn out OK by midlife."
--Developmental psychologist Emmy Werner, PhD, of the University of California, Davis, discussing findings about resilience from a longitudinal study she and other colleagues conducted of at-risk children. The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 5.