Archive of 2007 PsycEXTRA® Sample Searches Podcasts

December

For many individuals, the holiday season involves enjoying seasonal festivities. For others, the season is not so joyful. PsycEXTRA has great information about how to beat the "holiday blues". The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has published "Beating the 'Holiday Blues': How to Make the Holidays Happier" by Jill Hudson. Factors that may contribute to the onset of holiday depression include:

  • loss or separation from family members or friends,
  • financial stresses, and
  • decreased adherence to healthy routines

The author provides useful tips for coping with the holidays, including eating healthy and getting plenty of rest.

Traveling for the upcoming holidays? PsycEXTRA has incorporated many great articles from various sources regarding the experience of travel and self-discovery. In "Finding Yourself by Leaving Your Self Back Home", Keri Heitner discusses the self discovery and growth that can be found through the experience of travel. Dr. Heitner believes that when we travel to destinations outside of our daily lives, we leave the roles of daily life behind and become a simple component of ourselves — living completely outside of our culture, environment, and language. The author provides the reader with various techniques (i.e. use of receptive theory) that individuals use to find self-discovery on various international and domestic travel excursion.

Are you ready for the upcoming New Year? Many institutions make time during this season to take stock of their yearly work and critique their own progress. Dr. Tom Pusateri touches on some best practices for departmental review in his conference abstract "Designing and Implementing Program Reviews". Dr. Pusateri contends that because many universities are asking for these types of self-studies, psychology chairs and faculty are likely to need guidance in how to best use the review process to advance departmental goals within the context of the institution's mission goals.

Perhaps one of your new year's resolutions may be to consider registering your professional organization as a oviovider for PsycEXTRA. APA will digitize your text-only materials and provide the work to a large, diverse audience. If you are interested in contributing materials to PsycEXTRA, please visit the Content Providers page.

November

PsycEXTRA is pleased to present material from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, the institute performs studies on the efficacy of cognitive therapy. The material covered in PsycEXTRA focuses on the current status and new directions of cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders.

For example, Dr. Amy Wenzel's work on the effect cognitive therapy has on various disorders, including social phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder is included. Research output in this area has increased tremendously over the past 20 years and has yielded convincing evidence that this approach to treatment has yielded substantial improvement in patient outcomes. Current research attempts to isolate the mechanism of change associated with cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders and examines the creative use of technology in administering cognitive and behavioral interventions to the general public.

Interested in personality psychology? PsycEXTRA has many great articles on this topic, including contemporary research on personality traits and processes, personality theory, and psychoanalytic theory. In his report "Things I've Learned about Personality from Studying Political Leaders at a Distance" David G. Winter observes the personalities of political leaders at a distance, analyzing the content of speeches, interviews, and other texts. Winter also examines achievement, affiliation, and power motives of U.S. presidents and other leaders. Other research on personality psychology found in PsycEXTRA incorporates notions of gender and aggression, character and the events of 9/11, and the use of choice in decision making.

PsycEXTRA has also received more than 3,000 conference abstracts from the 2007 APA Conference in San Francisco, CA. These abstracts cover a wide variety of topics; some of the titles included are:

  • The Impact of Anchoring and Warnings on Resource Consumption

  • The Influence of Exercise Mode, Intensity, Frequency, and Duration on Mood States and Stress Levels

  • The Influence of Interviewers Attractiveness on Their Hiring Decisions

  • The Influence of Islamic Beliefs on Social Justice Concerns

  • The Balance Between Participant Protection and Bad Science

October

PsycEXTRA is pleased to present a new collection of conference abstracts. Abstracts from the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences that were presented in 2006 at the 2nd International Nonlinear Science Conference held Heralion, Crete, Greece, were recently added to the database. In addition, the conference abstracts from the Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences (Orange, CA; July 27–29, 2007) were added. These abstracts cover a wide range of areas that intersect with chaos theory, psychology, concepts of non-linear thinking, groups, mental health, and others.

PsycEXTRA is also starting to acquire content in the area of cognitive science. These include documents from the Department of Defense Technical Information Center, as well as Convention Abstracts from the APA 114th Annual Convention (San Francisco, CA, August 17–20, 2007).

The database also covers the monographs by the Oregon Research Institute (ORI). The non-profit organization is "focused on studying human behavior and developing programs to improve the health and well being of individuals, families and communities." In addition, PsycEXTRA's holdings of ORI's newsletters, reports, and other gray literature cover nearly 30 years of research.

Finally, this fall we are highlighting a sampling of contributions to gray literature by and about Aaron T. Beck. The database includes his work on the President's Commission on Mental Health (a conference paper on cognitive therapy for suicide), cognitive therapy for substance abuse, and other full-text and bibliographic records detailing his interviews, video recordings, books, and other works.

September

What's new in PsycEXTRA? Here is a short sampling of some of the many interesting documents recently added to APA's Gray Literature Database!

"Making the Match: Law Enforcement, The Faith Community, and the Value-Based Initiative" by Mary Beth Gordon describes an approach to community oriented policing service that integrates community and problem solving strategies to reduce fear of crime and social disorder. It also showcases locations that have received federal grant funding to strengthen relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

PsycEXTRA has other documents of interest in the faith-based law enforcement, or related subjects regarding divorce, counseling, substance abuse recovery, academic achievement, domestic violence, and many other areas.

Of historical note: "Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression—Opinion and Judgment" is a classic item produced by the Office of United States Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality (1947). This 195-page document describes the origins and aims of the Nazi regime in Germany, the organization's consolidation of power, the plan of conspiracy, aggression against other countries, war crimes, crimes against humanity, judgment, sentencing, dissenting opinion, and more.

A recent paper titled "Understanding Iraq's Shi'is: Evolving Misperceptions within the U.S. Government from the 1970's to the Present" by Daron M. Mizell (2005) presents a detailed view of the U.S. Government's understanding of Iraq's Shi'i majority during the 1970s, 1980s and early part of the 1990s. This document also discusses U.S. policy changes prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom and beyond. The author concludes with implications and considerations for the future.

Finally, PsycEXTRA continues to identify and index U.S. state-level psychology gray literature sources in newsletters, reports, brochures, and other document types. This month's featured state content owner is the North Dakota Dept of Health. North Dakota has been generous in their publications of research on suicide prevention, tobacco and other substance abuse treatment, data on child abuse and maltreatment. Be sure to see their White Paper on Comprehensive School Tobacco Policies. This document was prepared by the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control in March of 2005 and effectively describes the need, rationale, prohibition, educational programs, and other actions to be taken in support of tobacco-free school environments.

August

What's in new in PsycEXTRA for end-of-summer 2007? Here is a short sampling of some of the many interesting documents recently added to APA's Gray Literature Database!

"Winning The Minds in "Hearts and Minds": A Systems Approach to Information Operations as Part of Counterinsurgency Warfare" is a new addition to PsycEXTRA's Monograph section. This 2005 US Department of Defense item develops a systems framework to better analyze and understand the interactions of information operations (IO) subsystems as part of counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. The document looks at feedback loops translated through cultural barriers and adjusted as necessary to affect the perception management of all targeted audiences in a counterinsurgency campaign.

"Tears and Fears: Modeling Emotions and Emotional Behaviors In Synthetic Agents" is a 2001 report from the US Dept of Defense report looking at ways to create general computational models to support characters that act in virtual environments, make decisions, but whose behavior also suggests an underlying emotional current. In service of this goal, the authors integrate two complementary approaches to emotional modeling into a single unified system. This report comes complete with virtual images simulating environments in Bosnia, complete with emotional characteristics, simulated violence, and more. This item, like the monograph mentioned above, is part of a recent acquisition of items from the US Defense Technical Information Center.

In the historical section of PsycEXTRA's content acquisition, we are pleased to present collections from the archives of the National Institute of Mental Health on the subjects of mental retardation syndromes, mental health considerations in public health, psychotherapy with older people, psychiatric rating scales, trends in patient care episodes in mental health organizations, and more spanning the 1960s and 1970s.

Don't forget to check out the "Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security" (2005). This report examines the current ethics code, to see if it addresses whether APA provides adequate ethical guidance to psychologists involved in national security-related activities, and if APA should develop policy to address the role of psychologists and psychology in investigations related to national security.

Look for indexed conference abstracts and other materials from 2007 Western and Midwestern Psychological Association conferences in the near future.

Finally, PsycEXTRA continues to identify and index state level psychology gray literature sources in newsletters, reports, brochures, and other document types. This month's featured state content owner is: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Content from this source has focused on Indiana State efforts on drug addiction treatment ranging from narcotics to opioids to other substances. Indiana's content also features content on state budgets, quality of psychiatric services, oversight, community programs, facilities management, and more from years 2001–2005.

July

What's new in PsycEXTRA? Here is a sampling of some of the many interesting documents recently added to APA's gray literature database!

PsycEXTRA continues to acquire and process more UK government reports on healthcare, mental illness, crime prevention, and other topics of interest to psychology.

The latest APA Monitor on Psychology discusses women in leadership roles, psychologists' commitment to rebuilding New Orleans, political attacks on research, APA San Francisco Convention Preview, and more. There's always interesting content in APA's Monitor on Psychology. Now appearing in a full color PDF!

We are adding the 2004 APA conference abstracts—look for those in your search results!

PsycEXTRA is also collecting federal bills and legislation relevant to mental health, psychology, and other topics of interest to psychologists. Documents reporting legislation on technology, privacy, suicide, healthcare, and their relation to psychology are available now.

Finally, be sure to check out our latest holdings on state level reports, fact sheets, legislation, and other gray literature documents covering a wide variety of subjects of interest to psychologists, educators, healthcare professionals, law enforcement personnel, and more.

June

What's in new in PsycEXTRA for 2nd Quarter, 2007? Here is a short sampling of some of the many interesting documents recently added to APA's Gray Literature Database!

The National Drug Intelligence Center of the US Dept of Justice has recently released their "Domestic Cannabis Cultivation Assessment, 2007." a national-level strategic assessment of cannabis cultivation and marijuana production in the United States. This assessment addresses major trends in domestic cannabis cultivation, both indoor and outdoor, with a focus on cannabis cultivation operations in primary areas of production at the state and county levels. The report addresses wide-ranging issues regarding cultivation operations, including planting and harvesting seasons; use or presence of weapons, booby traps, and counter-surveillance; resultant environmental damage; and the operational trends of drug trafficking organizations and other criminal groups. It draws upon reporting and data provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Marijuana Initiative, and numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Also new in PsycEXTRA is a white paper presented to the United Kingdom's Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty entitled "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: A New Direction For Community Services." This white paper, published in 2006, is billed as an important new stage in building a world-class health and social care system in the UK. It looks at the health challenges of the new century, and adapts to medical advances while responding to demographic changes in their society and increasing expectations of convenience and customer service from their public who fund the health service. These proposals are a part of the Government's wider reform program and are aimed to create a system where the service is designed around the patient rather than forcing patient needs to fit around the service already provided.

The 1977 publication by the US Dept of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics report titled "The Association of Health Attitudes and Perceptions of Youths 12–17 Years of Age With Those of Their Parents" offers a descriptive analytical report on the nature and degree of agreement between US youths and their parents with regard to health perceptions and attitudes related to the growth and development of the youth. It was based on a national survey of youths 12–17 years of age in the noninstitutionalized US population. The data were derived from a comparison of responses by each youth and his/her parent(s) to questions on the general health status, health behavior, aspirations and expectations in education, independence, and personal and social values of the youth. These findings are presented and discussed with respect to age, sex, race, family income, kind of place of residence, geographic region, and selected behavioral characteristics of the youth.

The National Center for Health Statistics introduced questions on the adult population's knowledge and attitudes about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). This report, entitled "AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes. Provisional Data from the National Health Interview Survey: United States," presents provisional findings from August 1987, the first month of data collection with the AIDS questionnaire. A sample of the findings: "Risk of getting AIDS–Most adults believe that they (and the people that they know) are at little or no risk of AIDS virus infection. Nine in 10 feel that there is no chance (60 percent) or a low chance (30 percent) of getting AIDS themselves. Six in 10 say that the chance of someone they know getting AIDS is low (34 percent) or nonexistent (26 percent). Six percent of adults report personally knowing someone with the AIDS virus." PsycEXTRA also has provisional data for September, October, November, December of 1987, as well as other historical data from 1988–1990 and beyond.

Finally, PsycEXTRA will be releasing mental and general health reports from state agencies all around the country, including: Alaska, Rhode Island, Utah, New York, West Virginia, New Mexico, Connecticut on the subjects of substance abuse, depression, suicide, obesity, education, child abuse, and more.

April

Are you concerned about the rapid rise of school shootings and suicides over the past 10 years in America? PsycEXTRA has been collecting information on this subject from a variety of sources, including the US Dept of Education, APA, RAND, and US Dept of Justice to name a few. PsycEXTRA also has holdings on related subjects, such as media coverage of violent events, pediatric antidepressant side-effects, school bullying, and more. Of particular interest are FDA documents, memoranda, and conferences providing information looking at the past 40 years of antidepressant research, increased risk of suicide in adolescents and adults, and other important findings.

Are you curious to read about what the US Dept of Veterans Affairs has to say about its treatment of wounded and returning soldiers? PsycEXTRA has been collecting newsletter articles, government reports, and other items pertaining to quality of care, research, and the VA's commitment to caring for wounded military veterans. PsycEXTRA makes it easy to find this kind of information for doctors, researchers, veterans, and families.

What is APA and professional psychology talking about? The April APA Monitor on Psychology always contains informative, fun, and interesting content. This month's topics include a call for increased military mental health services, sexualization of adolescent girls, American obsession with work and associated health-related effects, and more. Now with full-color PDFs!

Finally, another of the many highlights of PsycEXTRA's new content is a fascinating report to the United States Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas during Feb 28–April 19, 1993. This report contains 281 pages of comprehensive Department of Justice analysis on David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and the US Government's response to this crisis situation.

March

What are the characteristics of the population of US residents living below the poverty line? PsycEXTRA has the reports from the US Department of Commerce that examine the data for people living below poverty levels, starting with 1980. These reports are useful for tracking demographic changes and have utility for professionals working in health care delivery in under-served populations.

What is the latest information on HIV/AIDS among women who have sex with women? PsycEXTRA added a two-page fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control that provides statistics, risk factors, barriers to prevention, and prevention information. This fact sheet can be used by professionals working with these populations, as the information is timely, informative, and written in an accessible way.

Ever wonder about conveying information sensibly? PsycEXTRA contains the report "Expertise Measures Exhibit Non-Linear Relationships with Communication to Certain Audiences." This extensive model of communication and information can be used to study both the cognitive processes involved in conveying information, and provide concrete assistance to people who prepare professional communications. This document is part of an author-donated set of reports which have been recently added to PsycEXTRA.

We have also started to add conference abstracts from the 2006 Rocky Mountain Psychological Association and Western Psychological Association Annual Meetings. These abstracts contain information on research being done in psychology that represents the very latest information in the field. We hope to add many more of these abstracts over the coming months.

February

The US Department of Defense has recently created materials for military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are having difficulty re-integrating into civilian life. The military categorizes their problems as a result of "Battlemind"—a set of attitudes that are necessary for survival in a combat environment, but that interfere with normal functioning in a peacetime setting.

PsycEXTRA contains some of the Department of Defense's own material on "battlemind," including a two-part instructor's guide for a briefing given to returning military personnel, and the brochures personnel are given at these briefings. With the current media focus on returning soldiers and military personnel, these documents provide an important insight into what sort of mental health guidance military personnel are receiving.

These documents will be important to mental health professionals who work with returning military personnel, or mental health professionals who wish to know more about the Department of Defense's mental health services for this population. These documents may also be of interest to family members of military personnel who have served in a combat assignment. To find these documents in PsycEXTRA, search for "battlemind" in the any field.

The intention of PsycEXTRA is to provide timely psychology and behavioral science related literature, often before the ideas in this work are published in journals or appear in edited books. This is an example of such material that is both timely and relevant to current affairs and psychology.

January

What's new in PsycEXTRA for 2007? Here are just three of the 800+ new records added since January 1st, 2007!

What were the characteristics of victims of crimes in the US during 2005? The report "Criminal Victimization, 2005" from the US Department of Justice contains valuable summary information about victim characteristics from that year. This is the information used by law enforcement and policy makers to determine targeted areas of enforcement.

Why should we invest in adolescents? The Pan American Health Organization explored policy and programs for youth with an eye for preventative programs and educational intervention aimed at creating healthy young people who will be healthy adults tomorrow. The report contains both English and Spanish text.

PsycEXTRA now also contains information about human trafficking, including the prevalence, enforcement, and outcomes of this social problem. With immigration issues still the subject of considerable and high-profile political debate, understanding the factors that play on this issue will improve understanding beyond rhetoric and sound bites.