Housing First (originally Pathways to Housing as first implemented and evaluated in New York City) has become an international model for learning about evidence-based practice in social services. It has been implemented and evaluated in many countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Finland and the list continues to grow. A major HF … More An International Evidence-based Social Service Model: Housing First (HF)
Thanks to President (and Michelle) Obama, February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month in the USA. Researchers and educators are warning of the pervasiveness of this problem and the consequences for the health and social adjustment of adolescent victims and perpetrators. These concerns and the connections to other forms of youth crime, violence and … More Teen Dating Violence: Are we making progress?
There is reason to be optimistic about today’s youth, as well to take pride in how society encourages positive youth development. All in all, youth in North America seem to be doing quite well. But there is also reason to be concerned about how well the complex system of programs for “youth at risk” is … More Systemic Problems in Youth Services?
Where and how can communities organize themselves for collective impact? In the January issue of Politudes, we highlighted US research which suggested that neighbourhood influence could be strong in relation to the incidence of depression and obesity. In a similar vein, a recent issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (see reference below) highlights the … More Stanford Innovation review: Community action to reduce obesity and depression
European countries are reporting emerging evidence that mental health problems are becoming more prominent in the overall incidence of disability. In a study of programs aimed at youth with mental health and disability issues, Eurofound (see reference below) reports that: In many countries, a growing number of new disability pension claimants report …mental health conditions, … More Mental Health and Disability Among Youth