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Firearms and Suicide: Is Prevention Possible?

Editor: David Lester, Ph.D.
Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, USA

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2019

Book Description:
There are many issues in the role of firearms and personal violence (suicide and homicide). Do strict gun control laws have a preventive impact on the use of firearms for personal violence? Does the prevalence of firearm ownership impact the use of firearms for personal violence? Do people perceive the different methods for suicide differently? Are there certain types of people and situations that favor the use of guns for personal violence? Are there possibilities for reducing the role of firearms in personal violence other than reducing their prevalence? What is the experience of other nations (Australia and Canada) in coping with the role of firearms in personal violence? This book will explore the answers to these questions.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-690-5
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Selected Topics in Cultural Studies

Editor: Joannes Ragna Naumov

Series: Cultural Studies in the Third Millennium

Publication Date: 2019

Book Description:
In recent times, gamified media has seen a rise in popularity, particularly in Japan. Among Japanese youth, one manifestation of this trend is the expansion of original media content to create fanfiction content. This process changes passive consumers into active agents with the ability to advance society. However, no appropriate model currently exists for investigating and exploring this phenomenon in contemporary animé, comics, and games. Thus, Selected Topics in Cultural Studies begins by discussing how cultural content can be exploited for designing alternate reality experiences.
Next, the authors explore and explain strategic sociopolitical and cultural roles in the educational processes and their effects. Focus is placed on the philosophical-epistemological opposition of humanism/structuralism, materialism/idealism, and person/society, with variables of domination/subordination, power/resistance, stability/dynamics, global/ local, North/South, and so on.
The concluding study is significant for its inquiries into comparative instructional approaches for effective mathematics learning from the perspective of cognitive load imposition. The authors’ examination of an in-class intervention has clarified the myth concerning cross-cultural differences in perceptions, appreciation, and understanding of different instructional approaches.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-735-3
ISBN: 978-1-53614-736-0

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Questioning Jewish Caribbean Identity

Author: Karen Carpenter
Director, Caribbean Sexuality Research Group, Jamaica West Indies

Series: Dialogues among Civilizations and Cultures

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Questioning Jewish Caribbean Identities lends a fresh, psychological approach to identity and Jewishness in the Caribbean. It explores the ways in which individuals in the islands have maintained their connections to Judaism as lineage, as a religion and as a culture. Transported overseas from Spain and Portugal in the 1500s while fleeing the Inquisition, and later during the second wave of exodus from Europe under threat of World War II, the Caribbean provided safe harbours for a number of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews. There is no doubt that their presence in the Caribbean and Latin America over the last 500 years has had a tremendous impact on the growth and development of industry, modern commerce and culture. Their contribution to their new island homelands has been a lasting one. From the technology for the cultivation of sugar and the development of trade and commerce across the Atlantic, to the arts and education, Jewish life within the region has left and continues to leave an indelible mark.

For the author, there have been many stops along the way in completing this book. She has travelled and interacted with Jews across the globe, and these encounters were the genesis of the questions she asked herself about Jews of all descriptions. Indeed, many of the questions and their answers arise from an existential need to rationalise her own thoughts about her personal identity. This is a pattern that the author has noted among a number of the theorists included in this work. From Erickson with his Danish-Jewish background and the subsequent elaboration of his psychosocial theory; to Stuart Hall’s cultural theory, born out of his own mixed heritage and later inter-ethnic marriage; and Nathan Blumenthal, who changes his rather Jewish name to Nathaniel Branden as he becomes known for his psychology of self-esteem. Of course, it is impossible to speak of identity without acknowledging the seminal contribution of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory as a way of making meaning for ourselves in the world. Common to these theorist and many others, readers will encounter their own struggle with national, personal and ethnic identities while exploring the pages of this book. Claiming an identity suggests an autonomous act of loyalty to chosen identity, and for some this can mean the abandonment of previous ways of seeing themselves. This is the central threat of acts of identity; it signals, “I am with them” and equally, “I have no allegiance to you”. These are the sentiments over which battles are waged, causing people who appear indistinguishable from each other to obliterate neighbouring nations. This book is a story of the survival of a people, practice, culture, and religion.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-437-6
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Understanding Left and Right: An Illustrated Guide to the Political Divide

Author: Alan E. Singer
Distinguished Professor of Management, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book about the complicated meaning of left and right in politics carries the optimistic message that rational truth seeking can lead people towards the center and away from extreme positions. There is of course a major argument to the contrary, which is that political activities are very substantially determined by narrow interests, vague intuitions and strong emotions. Although rationality has indeed been diluted in contemporary politics, it is likely that much remains below the surface. Accordingly, there still might be time for therapeutic interventions aimed at nudging millions of minds towards a balanced political center.

The book intervenes in a disarming and calming way. Throughout the 32 short chapters, a wide variety of politically-loaded thoughts are attributed to a pair of cartoon dogs. Left-dog and right-dog are duly introduced in the first chapter, where readers will immediately see that they are friendly and not fighting. Indeed, there is no such thing as dog-eat-dog in the community of truth-seekers. There are a few diagrams in each chapter that readers (or their students or children) are invited to color-in to represent the two political sides. Each chapter sets out some distinctive divide-bridging insights into basic issues such as truth, ethics, passions, hopes, intentions, genders, orientations, abortions, boundaries, identities, language, leaders, inequalities and ecologies to mention just a few.

Any one of the 32 chapters can be contemplated in private, discussed between family members or taught as a stand-alone exercise. Prudently selected chapters would fit with ease into just about every course in business schools, but also in college level courses across the entire spectrum of the social sciences, including philosophy. This might seem like a ludicrously-hyped marketing claim for any serious book, but readers are urged to try it out for themselves and their relatives, colleagues or students and see what happens.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-279-3
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Smoke and Mirrors: Acknowledgement, Alienation, Antisocial Behaviour and Transformation

Author: Sandra M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Self-employed, Private Practitioner, Cape Town

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Antisocial behaviour terrifies most, if not all human beings. This fear leads to various, previously learned ways of trying to defend against it. It often leads to disrespect in relationships and wars between countries. On a professional level, it has given rise to resources such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to prevent this behaviour. This book uses case studies, client narratives and socio-political examples to show these different forms of defence are often, ironically also the fuel of growing antisocial and prosocial behaviour.

Seeing antisocial behaviour as a resource for learning new skills of defence (instead of justification for disrespect), and using it transformatively, could result in different consequences, based on interpersonal, national and international growth. Prevention and transformation of antisocial behaviour depends crucially on our commitment to look critically at ourselves and the work people do so that society can develop a sense of agency.

In this book, the author uses examples from a developing country, South Africa (and as it has learned from other countries, particularly the United States), as a microcosm. Its mission over the past twenty-two years has been to transform from a country ravaged by disrespect to one of mutual respect. It has largely failed, not due to lack of intention, but because of not knowing how legacies from the past are persistent in the identity of the country as they are in the identities of people as individuals and in their relationships. Nonetheless, there are instances where lessons from the past have been used to transform the present.

This broad analysis of antisocial behaviour in South Africa can be of particular interest not only in this country, but also to other countries plagued by growing levels of crime and violence.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-606-0
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Subsidies in the US and the EU: Control or Free Provision?

Author: Iana Roginska-Green
EU Law Consultant, Washington D.C., US

Series: Trade Issues, Policies and Laws

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book represents a historical, political and legal overview of the US and EU systems of provision for corporate subsidies and their control.
Differences, one might think, are easy to imagine, while similarities may not be as apparent. Over the last sixty years, the European project has developed a sophisticated legal regime for the monitoring and control of corporate subsidies (legal term used is “state aid”), whereas the United States has no systems that come close to any such organized effort.
However, the lack of any regulatory framework in the United States cannot be explained by the absence of subsidies and corporate support in the economy. State aids or corporate subsidies are provided at every level – federal, state, and local. There are many historic and recent cases of the provision of such subsidies in the US and how they influenced the economy of the country. However, what still remains similar with the EU system is the effect on competition these state interventions have and the consequences for the final consumers and taxpayers.
It is unclear whether the United States will ever move in the direction that Europe has taken from a regulatory point of view. What is indisputable, however, is that the European experience provides a rich record of the many forms that state aids might take, how they affect competition at various levels of the market, and what kinds of remedial measures seem appropriate. In that sense, Americans might learn from the Europeans and try to develop this area of the law. The European experience offers many useful lessons for the rest of the world.

The overview and assessment of this book will be a good instrument for the US audience – from policymakers to academia – to see how both systems work and if there is a need and possibility for the US to apply the same regulatory regime.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-404-9
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Between Success and Failure: Assessment of Aspirations and Risk (CD Included)

Author: Roland Paulauskas, Ph.D.
Senior Mental Health Advisor, Corrections System Support Program, Arlington, VA
Siauliai University in Siauliai, Lithuania

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In this book, Roland Paulauskas presents the analysis of motivational and behavioral economic theories of the level of aspirations and risk taking behavior. The author proposes a dynamic/multiple reference point decision making model that distinguishes three qualitative phases of the choosing process in the level of aspirations situations. Contrary to some of the behavioral economic theories, he suggests that decision making strategy in most cases is determined by the leverage of rationality and emotionality during the appraisal phase of the decision making process. Predominance of cognitive mechanisms determines whether the chooser will utilize heuristic or risk aversive strategies, whereas prevalence of emotional reactions tends to sway the decision maker towards inconsistent or risk seeking approaches. To support his hypothesis, Paulauskas developed and utilized a computerized test entitled the Standardized Assessment of the Level of Aspirations. CD with the test is included in the publication.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-357-8
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The Pilates Method: The Key to Successful Active Aging

Author: Silvana Junges
Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil

Series: Geriatrics, Gerontology and Elderly Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book describes the origin of the Pilates method with its principles and foundations idealized by its creator, Joseph H Pilates. Based on his empirical studies and references of great Greek-Roman thinkers, Pilates was inspired to create a method for physical and mental health. Pilates develops a method of physical exercise that benefits all the physiological systems of the human body at all ages. We know that aging is an inevitable process; however, aging with health and liveliness depends on what we do and what we eat.
This book discusses among many factors responsible for aging, the genetic and epigenetic factors that can influence in a positive or negative way in this process. The way we are aging, such as changes in healthy habits and the chronic stress that modern life demands of us, may in the future reflect in our physical, mental and spiritual state at a later age. In this way, staying active in old age requires a lifestyle change, regardless of age and physical condition.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-174-2
ISBN: 978-1-53613-300-4

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Couples and Relationships: Individual and Relational Challenges

Author: Saveta Draganic Gajic, Ph.D.
Singidunum University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Couples and Relationships: Individual and Relational Challenges discuss the complex connection of individual factors (the personality of a partner) and the couple`s relational dynamic from different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives. It takes into account the influence of context (culture, social factors) and personality traits in the assessment of a couple, as well as a review of multiple levels of intervention (from individual to relational therapy) in the therapeutic approach. The topics are processed in line with the latest advances in psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on the need for connection with the practice itself, along with guidelines for experts with different profiles who are working with couples.

The content of book cover further the following themes: Relationships – the chances and challenges for an individual (the focus concerns the meaning of love in relationships, specificities of so-called “healthy marriages”, components and mechanisms of healing and the destructive power of relationships, as well as the relational problems connected with it); the individual – the chances and challenges for a relationship (the relationship between the personality structure and a partner’s choice, and the dyadic relationship); diagnostic dimensions in the appraisal of couples in crises (the influence of personality traits, personality disorders and attachment style on the couple’s relationship); therapeutic approaches and possibilities during work with couples in crisis; and the education of experts in the treatment of couples.

The modern age, with its varying perspectives on the understanding of the phenomenon of closeness and love in a relationship, presents a challenge not only for the couples, but for the experts dealing with couples in crisis as well. The authors believe that integration of multiple levels in the assessment of a couple (from intrapsychic to the relational), as well as different approaches in couples therapy today, are a necessity which requires significant flexibility to go along with the knowledge and experience of the therapists themselves.

This book is meant for experts of the new age who are working with couples (psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, etc.), taking into account contemporary partner themes and gives guidelines for professional and personal development of an expert faced with the challenges of the individual, relational and cultural context in a partner dynamic and the therapeutic approach of a couple.

The authors have a rich clinical history of practice in working with individuals, individual psychopathology, working with couples, and the education and training of students of medicine, psychology and education in systematic family therapy. Apart from that, the authors are university professors, as well as authors of numerous publications printed in foreign and domestic magazines as well as university textbooks, with decades of experience working in a common multidiscipline team.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-558-9
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Indicators of School Crime and Safety

Author: Liam Shephard

Series: Safety and Risk in Society

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved, but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself, and the surrounding community (Brookmeyer, Fanti, and Henrich 2006; Goldstein, Young, and Boyd 2008).
Establishing reliable indicators of the current state of school crime and safety across the nation and regularly updating and monitoring these indicators are important in ensuring the safety of our nation’s students. This is the aim of Indicators of School Crime and Safety.

The report included in this book is the seventeenth in a series of annual publications produced jointly by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice. This report presents the most recent data available on school crime and student safety. The indicators in this report are based on information drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions. Sources include results from the School-Associated Violent Deaths Study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the National Crime Victimization Survey and School Crime Supplement to that survey, sponsored by BJS and NCES, respectively; the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sponsored by the CDC; the Schools and Staffing Survey and School Survey on Crime and Safety, both sponsored by NCES; the Supplementary Homicide Reports, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; EDFacts, sponsored by NCES; and the Campus Safety and Security Survey, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The most recent data collection for each indicator varied by survey, from 2009 to 2013. Each data source has an independent sample design, data collection method, and questionnaire design, or is the result of a universe data collection. All comparisons described in this report are statistically significant at the .05 level. Additional information about methodology and the datasets analyzed in this report may be found in appendix A.

The report covers topics such as victimization, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions. Indicators of crime and safety are compared across different population subgroups and over time. Data on crimes that occur away from school are offered as a point of comparison where available.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-680-7
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Oversight on Passenger Vehicle Roof Strength

Author: Thomas P. Brooks

Series: Safety and Risk in Society

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
“Roof crush” describes a vehicle’s roof as it is deformed during a rollover crash. According to some analysts, a collapsing roof can compromise all a vehicle’s safety features, including its seatbelts and side-curtain airbags. Partial or complete ejection of the occupants can result. This book is focused on automobile safety, specifically on the NHTSA rulemaking on vehicle roof strength standards to protect automobile passengers in the event of rollover accidents. Biomechanics and what occurs in a rollover, the relationship between the vehicle roof strength and the occupant injury risk, the history and efficacy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s roof strength standards in improving vehicle safety are all examined and discussed at length.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-709-5
ISBN: 978-1-53613-710-1

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Underage Drinking: Research and Recommendations

Author: Roger D. Hurley

Series: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book was reprinted from a public document and records from the US Government. It is a collection of hearings that took place in Washington DC by the Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives on September 30th 2003.

This book examines how drinking in youth affects short and long-term thinking and memory skills as well as causes problems such as unwanted sex, health consequences such as accidents, injuries, or overdoses. This book also discusses the withdrawal effects, gender differences and the implications of drinking, such as altered brain development, and the higher likelihood of alcohol problems as an adult. It also explores the co-dependency that many teenage drinkers have with marijuana and provides suggestions on how to reduce the number of underage, teenage drinkers.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-636-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-637-1

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Armed Conflict in the 21st Century: The Information Revolution and Post-Modern Warfare

Author: Steven Metz

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Within the past decade, the U.S. military has implemented a number of programs to assess the changes underway in the global security environment and in the nature of warfare. Defense leaders and thinkers have concluded that revolutionary change is taking place and, if the United States develops appropriate technology, warfighting concepts, and military organizations, it can master or control this change, thus augmenting American security.

In this monograph, Dr. Steven Metz, who was one of the earliest analysts of the strategic dimension of the revolution in military affairs, suggests that official thinking within the U.S. military may be too narrow. The information revolution, he contends, will have far-reaching strategic effects. The transformation it brings will not only be technological, but political, social, ethical and strategic as well.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-703-3
ISBN: 978-1-53613-704-0

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Living Well: Doing the Right Thing for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Communities

Author: Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, US

Series: Ethical Issues in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
We live in a challenging and often topsy-turvy world. Research on stress suggests that we have never been more challenged by anxiety, depression, and stress, and that it often feels for many that we, as a community, people, and society, have simply lost our way. Technological advances and other changes in families, communities, and society can unfold at head spinning speed. Stress and dysregulation now seem to be the norm. The world of today is not the world we recognize from not too long ago.

In Living Well: Doing the Right Thing for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Communities, Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP, a practicing clinical psychologist as well as a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University Medical School, offers a series of brief, thoughtful, evidence based, and research supported strategies to manage the challenges of life today. He begins with the important role of ethics in organizing and centering our lives, and then applies commonly embraced ethical principles to personal and spiritual well-being, health and fitness, intimate and other important relationships, parenting, and education. He takes a whole person approach to discuss how ethical decision making and important principles for living can be applied to body, mind, soul, and communities to maximize a better life for all.

Living Well emerged from the writings of Dr. Plante in Psychology Today magazine in a very popular blog called Do the Right Thing: Spirit, Science, and Health. This book is based on these posts.

A happier and more fulfilled life can be found by following fairly simple and time tested principles for living offered in Living Well.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-691-3
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From Zen to Phenomenology

Author: Algis Mickunas
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, US

Series: Contemporary Cultural Studies

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The encounter between Japan and the West posed a question as to whether there can be any mutual understanding between such seemingly different civilizations. Japanese intellectuals came to Europe to study Western thinking and found that the prevalent positivism and pragmatism were inadequate, and turned to phenomenology as a way of dealing with awareness, unavailable in other Western philosophical trends. Japanese opened a “dialogue” with such thinkers as Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger; this text is an explication of this “dialogue”..

From Zen to Phenomenology opens the essential dimensions of transcendental phenomenology and the way of Zen in order to disclose the conjunction between these two “schools” of awareness. The research offered in the text traces the origins of Zen to the Buddhist Nagarjuna, presenting his arguments that all explanatory claims of awareness are “empty”. In Zen, the phenomenon of emptiness is a “place holder” depicted as basho where anything can appear without obstructions. The task, in the text, is to show how such a “place” can be reached by excluding claims by some Japanese and Western scholars as to the “aims” of Zen. The introduction of “aims” is equally an obstruction and must be avoided, just as an attachment to a specific Zen “school” is to be discarded.

Phenomenological analyses of time awareness show the presence of a domain which is composed of flux and permanence such that both aspects are given as empty “place holders” for any possible reality of any culture. The awareness of these aspects is neither one nor the other, and hence can appear through both as “primal” symbols fluctuating one through the other. If we say that everything changes, we encounter the permanence of this claim, and if we say that everything is permanent, we encounter an effort to maintain such permanence – both disclosing a “movement” between them, comprising a “place” for any understanding of a world explicated in any culture. This is the domain where Zen and transcendental phenomenology find their “groundless ground”.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-232-8
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Trolling for a Solution: Ending Abusive Patient Demand Letters

Author: Kevin M. Barragan

Series: Intellectual Property in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book addresses the instances where bad actors extort money from innocent parties under the pretense of asserting intellectual property rights. This kind of activity belongs in the same family as other types of unfair and deceptive trade practices. Included in this book is a diverse panel of witnesses whose testimony gives us a variety of perspectives on the issue.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-713-2
ISBN: 978-1-53613-714-9

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E-Bills of Lading Contracts in Global Transportation

Author: Georgios I. Zekos, Ph.D.

Series: Transportation Issues, Policies and R&D

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Transportation facilities are a necessary part of a country’s infrastructure. Efficient traveling and transportation of production and consumption goods are necessary requirements for competent trading within and across states.

Transport networks are at the heart of the supply chain and are the foundation of any country’s economy by permitting goods to be distributed effectively and people to travel. Transport is a foundation of the European integration procedure and is firmly correlated to the formation and completion of the internal market, sponsoring jobs and economic growth.

Conventionally, the document comprising the contract of carriage is either a charter party or a bill of lading, depending on the way in which the vessel has been employed. Other documents in the form of a multimodal/combined bill of lading may be issued as well. These two forms of contracts are discernible. A bill of lading is a contract with regard to the cargo, whereas a charter party is a contract concerning the vessel. Ocean bills of lading have an inherent value as security to banks that finance the sale of the underlying cargo or the documents themselves, and they enable their lawful holders to sell the cargo while in transit by transfer of the document. The key obstacles in the employment of paperless bills of lading and other transportation documents take account of the law’s insistence on paper-based documentation, written signatures, and out of date transport and secured transaction laws.

The bill of lading is the used document by shippers, carriers, and banks, and so is an indispensable part of the set of documents needed in documenting the operation. Customarily the “transaction documents” consist of, inter alia, the bill of lading, the marine insurance policy, and the commercial invoice, each of which epitomizes components of the contracts of carriage, insurance, and sale. The significance of maritime documents is confirmed by the fact that some eighty percent of total commodities are transported globally by sea.

A bill of lading has commonly been said to have three characteristics: 1) A contract for the carriage of the goods; 2) an acknowledgement of their receipt; and 3) documentary evidence of the title. The bill of lading is a commercial document. Nevertheless, there is an uncertainty and dispute about its contractual nature.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-722-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-723-1

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Neanderthals in Plato’s Cave: A Relativistic Approach to Cultural Evolution

Author: George F. Steiner
Negev Rock Art Center, Israel

Series: Dialogues among Civilizations and Cultures

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Dual inheritance theory (DIT) recognizes the fact that for the last 50 millennia cultural evolution has had a marked impact on our anatomy, behavior and cognition. Unfortunately, by considering ‘cumulative cultural evolution’ as the ‘natural choice’ of all cognitively modern humans, DIT implies that technological innovation is the index of progress, and that the ‘ratcheting’ of innovations becomes the ‘goal’ of cultural evolution. This is accomplished by developing a certain degree of social complexity in which the biased copying of cultural models becomes a technique of cultural transmission. Small and isolated populations are therefore ‘doomed,’ and the ‘treadmill model’ takes effect, in which the lack of demographic strength results in impaired social learning and loss/infidelity in copying.

However, the anthropological literature documents small and isolated groups that have—despite these ‘handicaps’—developed intricate exchange networks that do not necessarily rely on technological innovation and function only in low demographical settings. Not only that the parameters upon which cultural transmission is based in DIT—prestige, skills, success—are unknown, but certain ‘leveling mechanisms’ ensure that these parameters become eliminated and thus, no cultural models can rise to prominence. Interestingly, these societies do not seem to be plagued by cultural ‘loss’ and, instead of hopelessly running the treadmill and living in poverty, they have developed egalitarian and, to an extent, ‘affluent’ societies. The cultural evolution of these groups does not rely on accumulation, but rather on ‘reduction.’ The reductive cultural orientations of such ‘primitive’ societies are not an ancestral developmental stage, but rather an independent achievement.

Populations following a reductive cultural orientation—known in anthropology as ‘immediate-return’ hunters-gatherers—are often described as ‘pedomorphic,’ due to their markedly neotenous features. On the other hand, populations that follow a cumulative type of cultural evolution are surprisingly ‘rugged’ phenotypes. In the case of the latter, a cultural leap occurred during the Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition, which resulted in the entrenchment of archaic behavioral traits upon which hierarchical societies became established. Conversely, in the case of reductive orientations, a cultural regression seems to have occurred, but only during the early Holocene. The adoption of a cultural primitivism—immediate-return subsistence—offered a degree of flexibility that allowed for a neotenal leap. This enabled the reduction of archaic behavioral traits and the emergence of egalitarian societies.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-940-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-932-7
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Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible – If We Can Reverse Cell Fate, Why Can’t We Redefine Success?

Author: Rana Dajani, Ph.D.
Rita Hauser Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and Molecular Cell Biology, Hashemite University, Az-Zarqa, Jordan

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Rana Dajani’s Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible—If We Can Reverse Cell Fate, Why Can’t We Redefine Success? is an exploration of the intersections between gender, race, religion, and science told through the eyes of one of the world’s leading Muslim women scientists. Dajani, a Professor of Molecular Biology at the Hashemite University of Jordan, points to the 2006 discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells which allowed researchers to reverse engineer embryonic life forms, and asks us why a similar breakthrough might not be possible in the pursuit of gender equality. Seeking a paradigm shift in the fight against women’s oppression, Dajani makes the case for radically transforming the social institutions, cultures, and customs of our world to fully validate and support all women.

The reader is led through the many phases of Dajani’s dizzying life journey, from the bustling world of Amman, to the quiet neighborhoods of Iowa City, back through Jordan’s universities, schools, and refugee camps, and into the halls of Harvard, Cambridge, Grenoble, and the United Nations. The author wears five scarves, those of a mother, teacher, scientist, social entrepreneur, and feminist. AHer story tells of all the challenges she’s faced and the innovations she’s made in everything from genetic analysis and science pedagogy, to grassroots social change and Islamic perspectives on evolution. Finally, Dajani offers a provocative and far-reaching meditation on the fight for women’s liberation today and what it would take to build a truly equal and humane society.

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The Power of Global Aging

Author: Jason L. Powell
Coventry University, UK

Series: Social Perspectives in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a demographical overview of the key issues associated with globalisation and global aging in the 21st century. The book explores how populational aging has increased the implications for socio-economic issues for individuals and populations. The book also explores China which is fast on its way to becoming the most powerful economic force in the world. The book explores some of the major issues populational aging impacts, including pensions, the labour market, care, social security and family life. The power of global aging in the 21st century is one of the greatest challenges, along with climate change, for the sustainability of nation states across the world.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-846-7
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Life Course and Society

Author: Jason L. Powell
Coventry University, UK

Series: Social Perspectives in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book explores the concept of key concepts, theories and practices related to life course issues associated with social work, power and trust in contemporary society. The book begins by narrating how aging studies has been colonized by biomedical conceptualizations, which have masked a social understanding of how aging and life course are socially constituted.

The book explores the power of an aging society with populational increases and impacts on different parts of the world. As a healthy corrective to most texts on aging and life course, the book explores the work of Foucault and applicability of power relationships to understand and investigate social aspects of aging. The book then moves to the concept of a narrative and its relationship to life course and the social construction of identity.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-848-1
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Cultural Considerations in Intervention with Women and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Author: Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Series: Women’s Issues, Bullying and Victimization

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common and tragic event in the lives of women and children around the world. Estimates of lifetime occurrence range from 5% in Japan to 71% in Ethiopia, with at least 25% in the United States. The United Nations Secretary-General indicates that as many as 275 million children worldwide are exposed to violence in their homes every year.

In addition to the financial and societal costs, women and children who experience IPV are at risk for developing physical injuries, heath problems, depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, and associated work and academic problems. Yet few countries offer services that have been proven to be effective in supporting these women and children.

In this volume, two programs are described that have been found to be effective in reducing negative consequences and promoting resilience for diverse groups of women and children in North America. The subsequent chapters address what it would take to implement these or other such programs in countries around the world, including Sweden, Ukraine, Rwanda, Honduras, Peru and Pakistan. The authors are scholars in social work and psychology who work with women and children exposed to intimate partner violence and who are involved in researching issues related to the effects of IPV on women and children. Clearly, IPV is a global public health issue and this thought-provoking volume suggests ways to address it using culturally appropriate adaptations.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-916-7
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Terrorism and Violence in Islamic History and Theological Responses to the Arguments of Terrorists

Author: Recep Dogan
Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Wisdom College, Brisbane, QLD, AU

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Starting in the mid-7th century CE, there have been various radical terrorist groups appearing in the Muslim majority communities that have interpreted the Qur’an and the Prophetic Traditions in very extreme ways in an attempt to justify their violence and mask their evil acts. As the title of the work, Terrorism and Violence in Islamic History from Beginning to Present and Theological Responses to the Arguments of Terrorist Groups suggests, it presents a brief history of violence and terrorism through the course of Islamic history and then provides a comprehensive theological response to the arguments of the extremist groups.

In Chapter One, the author highlights the sanctity of human life and provides abundant evidence from the primary Islamic sources― the Qur’an and the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad, proving that it is strongly prohibited to kill human beings regardless of their ethnic, cultural or religious background. Condemning all evil acts of terrorists who violate God-given inalienable right to life, he asserts that it is not right to attribute terrorists to a certain religion or faith tradition, thus labeling their evil acts as “Islamic” or “Christian” terror.

In Chapter Two, the author sheds light on the extreme sects appearing in Islamic history that have misinterpreted the primary Islamic sources to legitimize their violent extremism and terrorism. In Chapter Three, he provides the theological responses to refute the claims of these extremist terrorist groups, thus proving their sick, violent mentality on the basis of primary Islamic sources. In Chapter Four, he explains in great detail some of the key Islamic notions, such as struggling in the way of God and martyrdom, which have been exploited by the extremist terrorist groups.

In the last chapter, the author discusses the necessity of mutual understanding and respect for the sacred as an alternative method to prevent radicalism and extremism. He argues that showing disrespect for the sacredness of Muslims causes radicalism in the Muslim world, and in turn this radicalism feeds Islamophobia in the West. He further puts forward that the international community should benefit from the ideas of the moderate Muslim scholars in order to combat terrorism effectively, using their compelling arguments to refute the violent arguments of the extremist groups.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-924-2
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Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education: Perceptions, Opportunities and Challenges

Author: Inmaculada González-Falcón
University of Huelva, Huelva, Spain

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education: Perceptions, Opportunities and Challenges is the result of a collective work by different European, American and Asian experts. The aim is to encourage reflection on cultural diversity in the area of social sciences, particularly in the field of education. To this end, it includes different research and theoretical works with an in-depth study of the concepts that teachers and different educational professionals have in relation to cultural diversity, analysing the most common responses to cultural diversity management in the socio-educational sphere, highlighting the hurdles, supports and opportunities that mediate said process, and emphasising the main challenges to overcome in the development of an intercultural school and inclusive society.

The different thematic areas studied include the value of anthropology in understanding the cultural diversity of contemporary societies, the socio-economic conditions influencing the socio-educational inclusion of immigrant families, the educational administration’s policies and initiatives on interculturality, how educational professionals conceive cultural diversity, how cultural diversity is managed in schools, the training needs of teachers in intercultural skills, the possibilities of the intercultural curriculum and second language learning for the inclusion of immigrant students, and the acculturation and assimilation processes of the Roma community in schools. This volume – consisting of ten chapters – has a clear international and interdisciplinary projection, combining the views of anthropology, sociology and pedagogy. The studies presented highlight the value of qualitative and ethnographic research as well as the active role of students, teachers and school in change, research and innovation. This book is a fundamental resource for all those interested in intervention and research on cultural diversity in the socio-educational field.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-061-3
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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Background and Issues

Author: Darren Abbott

Series: Social Welfare Policies and Programs – Patterns, Implications and Prospects

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of CRS reports on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant in the United States. TANF was formed in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, and it imparts federal grants to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the territories and American Indian tribes for a variety of benefits, services, and activities to combat the effects of childhood economic disadvantage. Some frequently asked questions regarding TANF are addressed is conjunction with recommendations for the future.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-351-5
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Self-Fragmentation and Self-Integration in People with Schizophrenia. Volume II: Interpretation and Recovery of Positive and Negative Symptoms

Author: Kam-shing Yip
Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Series: Mental Illnesses and Treatments

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Apart from the biochemical and genetic models, there are many psychosocial theories including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, phenomenological, existential, biochemical as well as social construction perspectives in explaining the cause and recovery of schizophrenia. However, in professional intervention and services, all these psychosocial theories are undermined. In Volume I, the book serves to bridge this theoretical gap by a profound revisit of different perspectives and concepts in self-fragmentation and self-integration of persons with schizophrenia.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-323-3
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978-1-53614-377-5

Author: H.B. Irving

Series: Law, Crime and Law Enforcement

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
“Convicts represent those wrong-doers who have taken to a particular form of wrong-doing punishable by law. Of the larger army of bad men they represent a minority, who have been found out in a peculiarly unsatisfactory kind of misconduct. There are many men, some lying, unscrupulous, dishonest, others cruel, selfish, vicious, who go through life without ever doing anything that brings them within the scope of the criminal code, for whose offences the laws of society provide no punishment… We must be content to study in the microcosm of ordinary crime those instincts, selfish, greedy, brutal which, exploited often by bad men, have wrought such havoc to the happiness of mankind. It is not too much to say that in every man there dwell the seeds of crime; whether they grow or are stifled in their growth by the good that is in us is a chance mysteriously determined. As children of nature we must not be surprised if our instincts are not all that they should be.” – From the Introduction of this book, originally published in 1918.

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From My Cold Dead Hands: Why Americans Won’t Give up Their Guns

Author: Michael R. Weisser, Ph.D.
Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA

Series: Law, Crime and Law Enforcement

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book covers the two arguments made about guns in the United States today. On the one hand, pro-gun advocates claim that the benefit of gun ownership as protection from crime outweighs the risks of intentional and accidental gun injuries. On the other hand, most gun violence researchers claim that the risks of intentional and accidental gun injuries outweigh the benefits of owning a gun. Based on original surveys of gun owners and non-gun owners, primary data from medical and law-enforcement sources, summaries of noted research from both perspectives and personal experiences culled from more than 50 years in the gun business, this book explains why gun control advocates and gun rights advocates are unable to find common ground to develop regulatory policies acceptable to both sides.

The Introduction and Chapter One define gun violence in numeric and demographic terms – where gun violence occurs, who are the perpetrators and the victims, and the accuracy of the data is the numerical data used by both sides to support their solutions to the problem. Chapter Two compares gun violence in the United States to gun violence in other countries and challenges the usual argument connecting our rate of gun violence to the high per capita rate of gun ownership. Chapter Three covers the development of the regulatory system, particularly the Gun Control Act of 1968, and discusses the results of a regulatory philosophy that seeks to control the behavior of gun owners rather than the design of guns, the latter being typical of every other developed country. Chapter Four compares gun control strategies of the gun rights and gun control movements, and Chapter Five looks at strategies to control gun violence committed by unlawful gun owners. Chapter Six analyzes the activities of the regulatory agency and the ATF, and Chapter Seven looks at how the gun making industry operates in ways that create both regulatory opportunities and difficulties. Chapter Eight is a discussion about the 2nd Amendment, in particular how both liberal and conservative explanations about the meaning of the amendment misread its most important point. Chapter Nine and the Conclusion are based on national surveys conducted for this book that highlight the differences between gun owners and non-gun owners regarding proper regulations, control of violence and gun risk.

This book is not an attempt at advocacy. It presents a comprehensive summary of relevant research and analysis of new data to give a comprehensive view of gun violence so that advocates on both sides can be better informed about the issues which need to be addressed.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-574-8
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The Machine of the World: The Modern Cosmos

Author: Piero Boitani
Sapienza University of Rome, Professor of Comparative Literature, Roma, Italy

Series: Contemporary Cultural Studies

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The World Machine is the second volume Piero Boitani devotes to the way in which the sciences and the arts interact when it comes to modern consideration of the stars and the cosmos (the first, also published in English by Nova Science Publishers, is entitled Looking Upwards: Stars in Ancient and Medieval Cultures). This is not a history of astronomy or astrophysics, but the story – arranged in chronological order – of how humans have reacted to fundamental changes in astronomy by means of poetry, narrative, painting, architecture, and music over the last five hundred years. This time, the story is basically European (and American), as all the relevant scientific discoveries were made in Europe, and it is the European imaginaire that dominates world culture (non-European images of the universe are dealt with in Looking Upwards).

The historical development of this image and of the ideas that contribute to its formation is rather complex and diversified, but two major turning points are clearly identifiable – one lies between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, and one at the very beginning of the twentieth century. Concerning the former, the observation of the sky was revolutionized by the telescope. Galileo, Kepler and Newton could thus base their new models of the universe on much more precise experiences, and mathematics became the new language of astronomy. The cosmos increasingly tended to be viewed as a “machine,” a mechanism like a clock (hence the book’s title). Between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century the second scientific revolution took place. The instruments became so refined that they began to detect increasingly remote objects, and the phenomena found in the sky, as well as their behavior, no longer fully responded to Newtonian laws. New theories – relativity and quantum mechanics – were elaborated, the mathematics needed for them becoming much more difficult for the layman, and the whole structure of matter, with the discovery of the atom, its constituent parts, and its particles was gradually uncovered. Things reached a critical moment with Heisenberg’s and Hubble’s formulation of, respectively, the “uncertainty principle” and of the increasing speed at which galaxies recede from us the further they are – and finally with the conflict between relativity and quantum theories.

Some recent poets (notably in South America) and many painters and musicians in Europe and North America have tried to describe this new cosmos, but the same happened after the first scientific revolution. In short, The Machine of the World recounts an exciting adventure whose protagonists are the likes of Tasso and Milton, Goethe and Wallace Stevens, Canaletto and Friedrich, Verdi and Puccini, Van Gogh and Schoenberg, Joyce and Thomas Mann.

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Nuclear Terrorism

Author: Andrew Laseron

Series: Nuclear Materials and Disaster Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of hearings before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Nuclear Terrorism in 2008. It includes:
• The Defense Department’s Homeland Security Role, specifically how the military can and should contribute to combating nuclear terrorism now and in the future
• Assessing the threats of Nuclear Terrorism
• Confronting the Challenges of the Day After of any Nuclear Terrorism, including providing medical care and meeting basic needs in the aftermath
• Strategies in preventing Nuclear Terrorism

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-782-8
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Violence Against Women in the 21st Century: Challenges and Future Directions

Authors: Marika Guggisberg, Ph.D.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQU, Perth, Western Australia

Jessamy Henricksen
Angelhands Organisation, Perth, Western Australia

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status, Bullying and Victimization

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book examines issues around violence against women in relation to contemporary experiences, theories and interventions. It provides insight from research and expertise of international scholars, which invites readers to critically reflect on the nature, impacts and complex responses to women’s experiences of interpersonal violence, inequality and racism. The book raises awareness of different forms of violence, which include emerging types such as image-based abuse, sextortion and online stalking.

The book is aimed at scholars, students, practitioners, policy makers and interested community members. A primary emphasis is on resituating major issues in the context of contemporary challenges and current research. Violence against women is an ongoing phenomenon that continues to confront and impact individuals, sub-populations and whole societies. Major misconceptions in the context of family and intimate relationships are highlighted along with prejudicial attitudes of those responding to the violence. Furthermore, cultural expectations and media representations are implicated and reasons for ongoing and new digital technology facilitated abuse are discussed.

This book makes it abundantly clear that awareness needs to be raised continuously, along with discussions in relation to effective intervention and prevention. While progress has been made in recent years and decades, contemporary concerns need to be raised, challenges need to be considered to press forward, tolerance towards violence against women needs to be reduced and ultimately prevented altogether.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-650-0
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Youth: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Issues of the 21st Century

Authors: Dave Trotman and Stan Tucker
Education and Multi-Professional Practice Subject Area, Newman University, Birmingham, UK

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
What issues, challenges and problems do young people face in 21st century society? How do they make sense of their lifeworlds? Are they proactive or reactive when it comes to dealing with the multiple pressures they face? This book brings together a variety of real life accounts, many of which were assembled from empirical research, that provide an important lens through which to view what it means to be a young person in today’s world. One of the main purposes of the book is to challenge dominant and ‘taken for granted’ assumptions about the young. You will find discussions of the ways in which young people’s lives are consistently problematised; how some are denied basic human rights; the way that education systems consistently fail them; and how for some the threat or experience of violence and aggression can come to dominate their lives.

This book has been written from a global perspective – it brings together contributors who share an academic interest and professional concern to improve outcomes for young people. Space is given to understanding the importance of developing a human rights framework that will foster young people’s potential. We foreground the importance of listening to young people because they have important things to say. The reader will be invited to reflect on: what can happen when young people become politically motivated; the challenges associated with ‘super complexity’, education and globalisation; the ways in which some young people are exposed to high levels of vulnerability and risk; and how information technology is utilised to secure peer and professional support.
This book draws on a range of social science disciplines – psychology, sociology, political science, education studies and social policy. It will be of interest to academics, students and those with the responsibility of developing and delivering services for young people. The contributors hope it will add knowledge, understanding and awareness of the issues, problems and challenges young people face in 21st century society.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-648-7
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Mindfulness at Work: The Practice and Science of Mindfulness for Leaders, Coaches and Facilitators

Authors: Jonathan Passmore
Director, Henley Centre for Coaching Henley Business School

Samantha Amit
CEO, Center for Development and Leadership

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Mindfulness is an ineffable practice where we are taken on a mind-body journey of discovery into our inner world. Mindfulness helps us to be curious again, to bring conscious intent into our lives, to be wiser and more compassionate, and to make new choices in the moment rather than repeat our same mistakes. It helps us be better human beings rather than “human doings”. The authors have adopted a strongly experiential perspective to provide readers with the evidence from over four decades of scientific research along with the experiences of our clients and others on how mindfulness is being translated from the world of mental health and wellbeing to the world of work. We hope that this combination of practice and science will help you to think about how you as a leader, a coach, or facilitator can integrate mindfulness approaches into your work and home life.
By definition, mindfulness is simply to be present in the moment. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to be anywhere; you simply must notice your experience in the moment. It is evident that for most of us, our minds wander for as much of 47% of the time. In order to maintain this moment by moment awareness and not resort to acting on automatic pilot, it requires us to train our brains, somewhat like going to the gym. The authors offer a multitude of different everyday exercises and meditations for the reader to experiment with, and they encourage readers to find a daily practice that works for them. With personal inquiry, you can reflect and gain insight, learning to master emotions and responses so that less reactivity is experienced and more meaning in everything is fundamentally attained.
Mindfulness at work is about being an active participant in your own life and the life of others around you. In general, people focus on what they can influence and how they respond to what happens by simply bringing non-judgmental, open awareness to our experience right here and now. The importance of how people focus their attention can make a monumental difference to how they feel, their quality of productivity, and their working and personal relationships. Conversely, not paying attention can be costly and detrimental to the quality of work as well as to the relationships that are vital for success at work and in our personal lives.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-109-4
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Swimming Pools: A Landmark of Sprawl. Mediterranean Urbanity, Landscape Architecture and Social Issues

Authors: Luca Salvati, Ph.D.
University of Rome La Sapienza

Ilaria Zambon, Ph.D.
University of Tuscia, Italy

Series: Urban Development and Infrastructure

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Urban sprawl has radically transformed Southern European landscapes. Nowadays, sprawl is a major benefiting factor in the daily lives of thousands of people and its mismanagement reflects relevant social and economic issues. For these reasons, a specific effort should be made to identify contributing factors and set up suitable indicators informing strategies of sustainable urban growth. This book proposes an original interpretation of contemporary metropolitan contexts, candidating residential swimming pools as a landmark of urban sprawl.
Detached houses, backyard pools and private gardens reflect a landscape with peculiar social, political and cultural dynamics. Comparing the spatial distribution of swimming pools with appropriate background indicators may explain how sprawl has occurred in three representative cities of Southern Europe (Barcelona, Rome and Athens), proposing future strategies for urban sustainability. The authors’ study verifies whether or not swimming pools are a useful tool for monitoring sprawl pattern and processes, clarifying the major challenges that society faces in managing peri-urban land.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-139-9
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Before the Ad Image: Body Memory in Motion

Authors: Algis Mickunas
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, US

Joseph J. Pilotta
Mykolos Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Series: Contemporary Cultural Studies

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The ad image has become the focus of ad research, and to a certain extent this is justified. To understand how the ad image is received, the tradition of advertising creators, planners and buyers have asserted it is based on memory. Specifically, it is rooted in affective memory in which the unconscious plays a role. The other side is cognitive, where the image may be received, but less effectively. Today, neuroscience is being deployed to validated current findings in order to prove advertising legitimization. The biggest companies are involved in the business of using technological reading of biomedicine to validate claims. However, the theoretical apparatuses remain the same as before. This book demonstrates a short critique of the theories and technology trending within the industry and demonstrates how the industry should be looking at the phenomenological foundations of memory as a body kinesthetic engagement before the image.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-252-5
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Domestic Terrorism: Homegrown Violence

Editor: Brett Schultz

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11), domestic terrorists—people who commit crimes within the homeland and draw inspiration from U.S.-based extremist ideologies and movements—have not received as much attention from federal law enforcement as their violent jihadist counterparts. The first chapter discusses how domestic terrorists broadly fit into the counterterrorism landscape, a terrain that since 9/11 has been largely shaped in response to terrorists inspired by foreign ideologies. This chapter focuses especially on how domestic terrorism is conceptualized by the federal government and issues involved in assessing this threat’s significance.

Recent events of domestic terrorism which have been either perpetrated by active duty United States military personnel, or have been indirectly linked to active duty and ex-military persons, have caused significant concern and alarm over the extent to which extremists and hate-groups are present in the military services. The Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Its Relation to United States Armed Forces is discussed in chapter 2.

In light of the violence related to protests in Charlottesville, VA, on August 12, 2017, policymakers may be interested in how the concepts of domestic terrorism, hate crime, and homegrown violent extremism compare with one another as described in chapter 3. They are fairly distinct ideas that federal law enforcement agencies use to categorize key types of criminals whose illegal activities are at least partly ideologically motivated. November 1998 the FBI activated NICS for the purposes of determining an individual’s firearms transfer and possession eligibility whenever an unlicensed individual seeks to acquire a firearm from a federally licensed gun dealer. Federal law enumerates several grounds that disqualify someone from firearms eligibility. However, being a known or suspected terrorist is not a federal firearms eligibility disqualifier as reported in chapter 4.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-610-3
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Protests and Riots: Past, Present and Future Perspectives

Editor: Alice Pichette

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In Protests and Riots: Past, Present and Future Perspectives, the authors analyse a variety of civil disturbances in Manchester and Salford, beginning with the English Civil war to demonstrate that a contemporary claim of senseless violence with later acknowledgment of the implication of the broader context is as true of this locality as of anywhere else. Afterwards, the 2011 August riots are situated within this pattern and it is maintained that any reading of these and future riots must be informed by this tendency to ignore societal conditions. Next, the authors attempt to classify the politically significant social protests in postwar Japanese history by identifying five types of social protest: ideological, labor, item-centered, local and conservative.

The specificity of concrete forms of protest is analyzed from the points of view of their substance and organization. South Africa’s volatile post-Apartheid landscape is addressed. Centuries of oppression and racial segregation firmly entrenched inequality and violence, negatively affecting its democratic ethos and economic prosperity. The authors seek to answer the following questions: “Can these embedded paradoxes result in South Africa spiraling out of control, cementing protests and violence as the new discourse? Or will Social Self-Defense serve as the democracy barometer, redirecting leaders towards stability, trust and substantive democracy?” Later, the 2008 global financial crisis and the ensuing protest across the European Union is analyzed. Previous literature on contentious activism and economic hardship has linked a person’s deprivation to the selection of protest as a means of political expression. This book aims to determine whether relative deprivation, measured by economic indicators, correlates with protest activity in Europe. The final two issues that are addressed are why individuals choose self-sacrifice as a means of protest and whether protests in a society have an impact on the suicide rate of that society.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-035-5
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Free Will: Interpretations, Implementations and Assessments

Editor: Daniela Muench

Series: World Philosophy

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This compilation begins by presenting the assertion that indeterminism does not imply free will, and because the considerations about an autonomous mind sending orders to the body is against neuroscience or evolutionary theories about human beings. The quantum theory of measurement can be interpreted without the intervention of human minds, but other fields of science cannot contemplate the mentalist scenario. A fatalistic or materialist view, which denies the possibility of a free will, makes much more sense in scientific terms.
The authors address the issue of free in the context of how able we are to develop and use the free-will capacity we do have. Impulse patterns underlying conscious processes are not isolated from the rest of the brain. Thus, impulses occurring during consciousness must have consequences. The impulse patterns of conscious reasoning and creative synthesis must have the capacity to engage other circuitry that drives decision-making and implements behavior. This may occur in real time, and a significant degree of free will occurs even if those patterns may have programmed circuitry to create predetermined, stereotypical predilections for future behavior which can be vetoed or modified in real time. This book determines that people high in the trait of psychological reactance may resist such attempts to alter their free will beliefs. Belief in free will is associated with many desirable outcomes and may be the result of natural selection.


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ISBN: 978-1-53613-072-0
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Community Engagement: Principles, Strategies and Practices

Editor: Robert F. Kronick, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling Faculty Associate, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Community Engagement: Principles, Strategies and Practices is a collection of chapters written by engaged scholars. The authors of the chapters work in diverse settings and come from different philosophies of community engagement. For instance, Taylor and Luter in Chapter One cogently make the argument that universities have essentially sold out when it comes to community engagement. The authors argue that engaged scholars would be better served by looking at the Civil Rights Movements than progressive theories that drive service learning. Harkavy, Hodges, and Weeks take an opposite position and discuss historical figures such as Francis Bacon. Bacon spoke of improving a man’s estate. By that, Bacon meant that people should make life better for all. Astute readers will want to read and dwell on the thoughts and ideas generated in the first two chapters. In Chapter Three, Bielefeldt, discusses service learning and community engagement in relation to engineering. Her chapter will interest those who do not traditionally engage with the community and in service learning. Bielefeldt’s writing style is exciting and will open new doors for readers of our text. Basma and Arce-Trigatti introduce two important concepts to readers. The authors claim that mental health services are delivered more effectively through community schools than through traditional health clinics.

Further, the authors entertain the notion that migrants and refugees are often missed by those doing community engagement. Basma and Arce-Trigatti fall in line with Taylor and Luter in bringing up important questions concerning the role that universities are taking in community engagement. In Chapter Five, Iwaskai does a marvelous job of describing how he involved those he is studying as part of his research team. Iwaskai’s discussion of the YPAR method may be of particular interest for young scholars who want to do on-the-ground research. In Chapter Six, Conwill writes from an ethnographic perspective about his personal experiences as a psychologist and community organizer. He is an inductive thinker and brings his experiences alive by relating them to theory. Readers of this chapter should be enticed to think about this type of work in regards to community engagement and service learning. In Chapter Seven, Kronick and Daniels discuss how the University of Tennessee engages with the community. The authors present service learning and collaboration as important aspects of community engagement. Hicks-Goldston and Goldston present a unique way of looking at service learning in Chapter Eight. They report both the successes and failures of doing service learning online. In Chapter Nine, Bruner, Szepe, and Blueford discuss systems theory. The authors consider the role that closed systems play in the role of mental health care. Finally, Butler uses extreme detail to describe a university-business collaboration effort to establish a STEM program.

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Arabs: Their Voices and Lived Experiences

Editor: Grégoire Grignon

Series: Countries and Cultures of the World

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Arabs: Their Voices and Lived Experiences opens with an essay on one of the major goals of the Arab Renaissance Project; Arab Renewal. Arab Renewal aims to develop a new Arab epistemology in social sciences that balances the needs to safeguard and develop the cultural legacy of the golden age of Arab and Islamic civilization and those pertaining to the 21st century. Next, the authors analyze the experiences of Libyans in the post-Arab Spring period based on their personal narratives and stories, especially focusing on the question of how attitudes of Libyans toward the Arab Spring changed after the fall of the Qaddafi regime. Lastly, the the discursive practices of the Tunisian Islamic movement regarding democracy and pluralism are discussed from the anthropological perspective.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-256-4
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The Man Brand: Why Public Campaigns Hide Half of Intimate Partner Violence

Editor: Jean Jaymes West, Ph.D.
California State University, Bakersfield School of Business & Public Administration, Department of Management & Marketing, Bakersfield, CA, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book explores public perceptions, often reinforced by public service advertising campaigns, of stereotypes tied to violence—which frequently portray men only as the aggressor, the abuser, or the perpetrator, and women only as vulnerable, helpless victims. What is even more disturbing is that research suggests that the abuse of men is often viewed by the public as a “joke.” It is hard for the public and law enforcement to perceive of males as “victims,” as that is not part of the public perception of the “man brand.” This research investigates exactly what that public perception of the “man brand” is—and why public beliefs tied to gender stereotypes might be inaccurate—as well as what hinders a full understanding and public acknowledgement of the true nature of that “brand.” This work takes a progressive first step in expanding a complete understanding of what reinforces stereotypes tied to gender and intimate partner violence.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-301-1
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Volunteering: Attitudes, Social Influences and Gender Differences

Editor: Eduard Balashov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, National University of Ostroh Academy, Ukraine

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Volunteering is one of the phenomena which, despite the limited amount of volunteers, is seen as highly important for the appropriate functioning of society. Volunteering and active participation in volunteer movements are considered to be the key components of civil society; they generate social self-regulation and strengthen political democracy by developing active individual citizenship. Such issues have become topical in recent years. The studies stress the importance of voluntary civic engagement for the sustainable development and maintenance of civilized societal cohesion and democracy. The researches address volunteering as just one form of social and political involvement of the citizens connected with participation in voluntary organizations and individual involvement in public discourse.
However, most studies on volunteering have been prepared in the tradition more specifically focused at helping behavior and unpaid work. Many articles, book chapters and reports have disclosed volunteering in various fields such as religious organizations, schools, human services, sports, etc.

Although volunteering as a topic is far from being new, the studies – specifically placing volunteering in a civil society perspective – are rarer. The aim of this book is to precisely further explore this perspective, using theoretical and empirical data from various sources all over the globe. The contribution of this book deals with a broad range of issues concerning social influences, gender differences and attitudes towards volunteering. Some chapters give a general outline of the adolescents’ development, international volunteer movement and positive youth development; describe the relationship between volunteering and volunteer satisfaction; emphasize the need to strengthen the legal protection of volunteers and examine the predictors of prosocial behavior of youth; characterize employee and youth volunteering under the conditions of sustainable community development; examine more closely the conditions and problems of volunteering under specific circumstances.

However, this book deals not only with the theoretical research of differences and similarities in volunteering in different societies and countries; other intriguing issues have also been examined, such as why people volunteer, how they relate to each other and to the beneficiaries, which ideas they wish to promote, etc. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to the research have produced better insight and deeper understanding of the volunteers’ goals and motives, attitudes and differences. Some of the chapters in this book present the empirical results of in-depth interviews, discussions and participant observation.

The editor hopes that his contribution in this book will advance our understanding of variety in volunteering; the differences between the attitudes and genders; the impact of the social and political environment on volunteering; and the influence of social settings and individual characteristics on motivation of volunteers. He also hopes that this book will contribute to the recognition of volunteering as an interesting and important topic for further scientific research.

The editor wishes to thank all those who have contributed to the preparation of this book. As editor, he has invited scholars from different disciplines and countries to prepare their contributions, in order to get the broadest possible overview of the current status of knowledge in the sphere of volunteering. The editor believes that the resulting variation has been properly reflected in this book. He thanks all the authors not only for their contributions, but also for their accuracy during the preparation of the appropriate chapters.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-188-8
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Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 133

Editor: Alexandra M. Columbus

Series: Advances in Psychology Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 133, the authors argue potential benefits of information incompleteness as stimuli, made possible by autonomous reduction, for designers’ creative imagination. This paper reports on a study conducted using a French Rococo clock made in eighteenth century as a prompt. In a subsequent paper, human emotion factors were assessed for a sample of 291 Yoruba-speaking students with a questionnaire administered in Ibadan metropolis. Next, several previously research studies regarding the reasons why people commit fraud are examined in order to summarize what research has discovered about the motivations of fraud perpetrators. The authors suggest that the reason is not as simple as greed.

This book includes a paper which investigates the effect of Fear of Negative Evaluation on oral performance among third year students of English specialised in Language Science and didactics at Bejaia University. To draw their conclusions, the authors used a mixed-method approach based on both quantitative and qualitative research methods. This compilation also discusses Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 12 makes explicit reference to children’s right to say what they think about matters relating to the quality of their lives and to have these opinions taken into account in accordance with their levels of competence and maturity. Detailed recommendations for effective culturally relevant policy initiatives and optimal strategies are offered. Going in a different direction, the following chapter discusses how the composition of gut microbiota is dependent upon many factors, including the method of birth delivery, maternal and neonate antibiotic use, diet, genetics, infection, postnatal stress and maternal care, and formula feeding in place of breast-feeding.

The authors suggest that targeting the gut microbiota composition as a form of treatment for psychiatric disorders may be the next step in mental health care. After this, a chapter is included which is focused on the relationship between internal auditing, psychology and fraud, which is shown to be an almost empty research and practice field. Therefore, the general role of internal auditing within the corporate governance (in particular, anti-fraud control) and the present level of psychological knowledge among internal auditors are discussed. Recommendations to further strengthen the effectiveness of internal auditing will be given. The final chapter suggests that the behaviour of parents, consciously or unconsciously, can influence their child’s expectations, perceptions about their abilities, performance, and duration of participation in sports. Parents can also influence the satisfaction that a child can gain from a particular sport activity.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-270-0
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Alaska: Economic, Environmental, and Social Issues

Editor: Thomas Lewis

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The authors begin this collection by linking human and ecological systems research to analyze resource management decisions for Alaska’s first submerged aquatic invasive plant, Elodea spp.. A case study is presented which may aid other countries in management of elodea by outlining steps for future policy-making, with the goal of retaining the ecological integrity and economic value of Alaska’s vast freshwater resources. Next, the authors use the De Martonne aridity index and the UNEP Index to determine the humidity of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The indices for climate variability indicate higher humidity in the western sides and lower humidity in the eastern sides. These results highlight the spatial distribution of the climate variables in Prince William Sound from southcentral Alaska. Following this, the Bering Glacier in South Alaska is analyzed for its size resultant from complexities of geographical position, accumulation area, and climate conditions. The results of the analysis illustrate the high variation of the Bering Glacier movements in response to climate change. The concluding chapter examines the beginning of orderly social policy in Russian America in 1784, when well-known merchant G.I. Shelikhov founded the first permanent Russian settlement on Kodiak Island off the southern coast of Alaska. A certain impetus to social policy was created by the monopoly Russian-American Company after their coming to power in Russian colonies of naval officers in 1818. The Russian-American Company abolished slavery, increased payments for furs, supplied natives with food during hunger strikes, and conducted mass vaccinations. Thus, the life of the Aleuts and dependent Eskimos slowly but gradually improved.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-437-7
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Advances in Sociology Research. Volume 25

Editor: Jared A. Jaworski

Series: Advances in Sociology Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Advances in Sociology Research. Volume 25 opens with a chapter underscoring the importance of this age-old cultural practice of herding in relation to Basotho males and its implications to the non-formal education (NFE) policy and practice. To do this, the authors present the findings of an interpretative study conducted on a snowball-sample of thirty out of an approximated population of 22 0000 Basotho herders aged between 18 and 45 years using the transect walk, interviews and photo-voice data collection techniques. Following this, a study is presented which examined differences in the work-family conflict between the active parenting stage and the supportive parenting stage. Practical suggestions for working parents and professionals are also provided. A third study explores possible trends, issues and problems that hinder the labour market integration of youth immigrants in the EU, suggesting solutions to improve the situation. The economic recession has hit immigrants hard in most EU member states, and youth immigrants are especially vulnerable to the effects of unstable economic cycles in the labour market. Later, the methodological and ethical strengths and challenges of conducting cross-cultural qualitative interviews are analyzed. The authors conducted interviews with racial and ethnic minorities in the United States; the researcher with insider status is Chinese American and conducted research with Asian community leaders, while the researcher with outsider status is European American and studied adults who were unaccompanied refugee minors of a variety of non-European racial backgrounds. Afterwards, the American obesity epidemic is examined, particularly the way federal and state level efforts to decrease fast food consumption have been ineffective among African Americans. This is a call for a specific sociological framework that can be used to better understand race-based disparities in obesity. The succeeding chapter presents a systemic model of working with families of preschool-age children, based on Narrative Therapy and Strategic Family Therapy. The model utilises a relaxed and playful approach which assisted with engagement of all family members. Multi-sensory communication is integrated with language-based intervention, at the appropriate developmental level for young children. The advantages of whole family work for the treatment of common childhood problems are described. Next, the authors study the consumption of drugs by homeless children and adolescents. A dysfunctional family structure and the absence of adult role models negatively impacts access to continued treatment. The book attempts to identify and evaluate the causes, effects and treatment options for youth drug users, and the efficacy of the Mobile Outpatient Clinic’s model to systematize and disseminate integrated healthcare strategies for children and adolescents. The final study aims to investigate possible shifts in economic activity due to the financial crisis that may contribute to the strengthening or weakening of productive sectors and, as a result, to the change of the economic map of Europe. The authors determine that appropriate state policies should be established, especially in countries affected by the crisis, such as Greece, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of their dynamic productive sectors.

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Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives

Editor: Joseph H. Michalski
King’s University College at Western University, London, ON, Canada

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The current book contributes to the complicated discussion of knowledge construction by demonstrating how social scientific theories of diverse subject matter in sociology, criminology, and psychology can be contextualized and operationalized from distinct paradigms. Each chapter introduces one or more theoretical perspectives as the authors examine, explicitly or implicitly, the epistemological foundations for how one might evaluate the main concepts and establish valid “truth claims.” No one pathway to such truth claims exists, as the diverse perspectives that these authors embrace shall demonstrate. The monograph thus intentionally includes a range of theoretical perspectives and methodologies to highlight the case for what might be designated as scientific equifinality. In effect, the notion suggests that more than one pathway can be selected to help observers move closer and closer to the truth, but each perspective shares in common the assumption that rigorous methodologies are required that transcend mere personal opinion.

The edited volume, therefore, promotes the value of intellectual diversity among social scientists, while concurrently building upon a common theme. Despite the limitations of observing the social world from their peculiar social locations, analysts nevertheless can do a more effective job of wrestling with the truth by employing rigorous methodologies connected to their theoretical stances. As argued in the first chapter, it requires the overcoming of several inertial conditions that often inhibit the search for “deep knowledge” of the subject matter. Subsequent chapters demonstrate that, in a variety of creative ways, researchers can develop and implement innovative approaches to the study of the social world. The book stands resolutely in opposition to the “post-truth” narrative currently in vogue, where no one can claim to have any more reliable or credible information than anyone else.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-514-5
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Preventing Underage Drinking: What Works?

Editor: Michael L. Legrand

Series: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book was reprinted from a public document and records from the US Government. It is a collection of hearings that took place in Washington DC by the Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives on February 11th 2004.

According to Mrs. Wendy J. Hamilton, the national President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, where she has served since 2002 (after three separate drunk driving crashes occurred within her family) – “Alcohol is the illegal drug of choice for America’s youth… [it] is a major factor in the three leading causes of death of America’s teens…. Teens have easy access to alcohol….[and] the consequences are staggering.” This book provides statistics about the amount of teenagers who drink and the amount of deaths per year it contributes to. It also examines the Programs already in force for underage drinking, including Youth in Action, as well as provides recommendations on how to reduce the amount of young people who drink. It also includes education-oriented interventions that should be implemented to prevent underage drinking in the future.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-632-6
ISBN: 978-1-53613-633-3

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Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure

Editor: Ryan McLeish

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure including amendments effective December 1st 2009. It was originally published by the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. This includes multiple sets of procedural rules and standing orders related to family law practices in Massachusetts, as well as background information on the rules’ intent and history.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-780-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-781-1

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The Evolution of Love

Editor: Emil Lucka

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The object of this book, originally published in 1922 and addressed to all cultured men and women, was to set forth the primitive manifestations of love and to throw light on those strange emotional climaxes that the author called “Metaphysical Eroticism.” She took no account of historical detail, except where it served the purpose of proving, explaining, and illustrating her subject. Nor did she hesitate to intermingle psychological motives and motives arising from the growth and spread of civilisation. The inevitable result of a one-sided glimpse at historical facts would have been a history of love, an undertaking for which she claims to have lacked both ability and inclination. On the other hand, had she written a merely psychological treatise, disregarding the succession of periods, she would have laid herself open to the just reproach of giving rein to her imagination instead of dealing with reality.

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Criminal Justice Issues in the United States

Editor: Javier Plaisance

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The CRS Reports that comprise this book examines criminal justice issues we are currently facing in the United States. The first chapter examines mental incompetency and firearms ineligibility, and amendments to acts such as the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which were initiated after the mass shootings in San Bernardino in December 2015 and in Orlando in June 2016. The next report examines how domestic terrorism, hate crime and homegrown violent extremism relate (and differ) from one another and current trends. Additional reports include an overview on human trafficking trends, background, federal programs and issues for Congress on missing adults (age 18 and older). The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that as of December 31, 2016, approximately 54,000 cases were pending. Finally, as a general rule, federal judges must impose a minimum term of imprisonment upon defendants convicted of various controlled substance (drug) offenses and drug-related offenses. The severity of those sentences depends primarily upon the nature and amount of drugs involved, the defendant’s prior criminal record, any resulting injuries or death, and in the case of the related firearms offenses, the manner in which the firearm was used. This last chapter revisits the mandatory minimum sentencing of federal drug offenses and offenders in the United States.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-819-1
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An In-Depth Guide to Sports

Editor: Daniël Hak

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
An In Depth Guide to Sports opens with a review of the study of different biochemical profiles, through the analysis of the results obtained in different works carried out by a biochemical group and based on the literature reviewed. Biochemical profiles will be analysed: haematological, endocrinological and clinical chemistry of athletes who perform team sports, with intermittent characteristics.

The authors maintain that is also the object of study of the biochemical laboratory; and the implementation of scientific knowledge in a practical and appropriate way allows the medical professional to make timely and accurate decisions, prevent injuries and plan training. Next, the authors provide a broad overview of the exercise and sport psychology research with cognitive disabilities. First, they define cognitive disability and discuss common terms used in the literature. Second, they differentiate between physical activity (PA) and exercise, review PA guidelines, and discuss PA measurement issues. Third, they focus on four specific cognitive disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome (DS), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Next, the authors examine how playing football competition at terrestrial altitude is not an isolated phenomenon. For instance, eight of the last 19 football FIFA World Cup tournaments were hosted by countries located at low-to-moderate altitude. While football-required fitness and technical qualities are affected by the development of neuromuscular fatigue at sea level, hypoxia-induced decrease in convective oxygen transport further hinders the aerobic capacity but also the ability to perform consecutive sprints, eventually impacting the outcome of a game. The aims of the subsequent chapter are to present (i) the football match- and training-induced responses when performed in hot and/or humid conditions and (ii) the strategies employed to better cope with such challenging environments.

Heat acclimatization/acclimation appears as the primary strategy to minimize the thermal stress and the physiological risks of heat-related illnesses when playing football in hot conditions. This can be partly achieved after 6-10 days of training in the heat, with a targeted minimal core temperature of 38.5°C for at least 60 min in each training session, associated to elevated skin temperature and profuse sweating. The authors also discuss sports-related concussions (SRC) as a commonly sustained injury in the Rugby Union and the Rugby League. Possible benefits of wearing a mouthguard and clenching effects of SRC are thought to be; 1) increasing neck muscles activity resulting in stabilization of the head, 2) absorption and dissipation effects of a mouthguard material itself (against a direct blow to the chin), 3) a possibility of maintaining a space between the mandibular condyle and the fossa. However, the effect of mouthguard use to prevent concussions is still open to discussion. A case study is included which explores aspects of the volunteering experience that contribute to volunteers’ satisfaction in women’s rugby. Affective and cognitive components of satisfaction have been identified as significant among volunteers in English women rugby clubs. Understanding aspects of volunteer satisfaction will enable the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to tackle the decline in volunteer numbers and retain them within the rugby club network.

Next, the authors aimed to compare the prosocial attitudes of rugby and soccer players. In Study 1, 58 rugbymen reported higher sportspersonship and collectivism than 51 male soccer players (21 years, SD = 1.61). They also showed lower individualism and reactive aggression. Study 2 used a broader sample of 82 elite male rugby and 138 soccer players (Mage = 22.3 years, SD = 6.04) who read a scenario in which a player simulated an injury in order to have the referee bring play to a halt (i.e., diving). The results of a MANCOVA (using age, games per season and sportspersonship as covariates) indicated that diving was less acceptable for rugby players who also used a deeper level of moral reasoning when deciding to use this behavior or not in competition. The concluding paper summarizes the authors’ experiments in scheduling the Finish Major Ice Hockey League. We give a detailed evolution of the practical issues as well as the academic findings concerning also the general sports scheduling problem. Our goal is to give new ideas to the academic researchers and to the sports practitioners.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-910-5
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Transgender Youth: Perceptions, Media Influences and Social Challenges

Editor: Shemya Vaughn
Assistant Professor of Counseling, The College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA, USA

Series: Human Sexuality

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
According to the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, “more than 50% of transgender youth will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday.” This data demonstrates a dire need for caregivers, educators and providers to have a better understanding of youths experiencing gender dysphoria (and gender non-conforming youth, who are often mistaken for transgender youth). Presently, our binary society makes the lives of transgender youth more challenging than they need be. Childhood and adolescence mark the start of our gender identity development, our sexual orientation development, and our racial identity development. Those intersections create enough interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges without the added stress of rejection for belonging to a minority group in one or more of those three developmental areas. These transgender youth are growing into transgender adults who own businesses, become politicians, join the military, and become parents. They are a natural and needed part of our society.

This book was created to give a voice to these individuals as they are being silenced by some of their caregivers, school officials, religious leaders, and politicians. Transgender Youth: Perceptions, Media Influences and Social Challenges is about the experience of child development, adolescent development and gender identity development as well as society’s positive and unnecessary negative responses. Transgender youth have some experiences that their 1950s and 1960s counterparts did not encounter or have access to – hormone blockers, celebrity role models, and social media. This book brings readers closer to empathy for transgender youth and transgender young adults with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for these exceptional children and adolescents.

The book introduces the topic of gender dysphoria and explains various terms important to this conversation regarding gender identity. It describes the challenges transgender adolescents experience to include barriers and obstacles not faced by their cisgender counterparts. Some parents and their transgender Christian children discuss gender dysphoria, gender identity development, their families’ response to their gender expression, and their experiences within their faith communities. We review the literature on transgender youth and the use of sexual activity as commerce. The audience gets to read narratives of individuals who identify as transgender or transsexual. There are discussions about transgender youth within the foster care system, transgender youth athletes, and the issues they face in school-based and intramural sports programs. Readers are offered suggestions to implement and support transgender youth in their schools and communities.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-093-8
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Urban Dialectics, the Market and Youth Engagement: The ‘Black’ Face of Eurocentrism?

Editor: Ornette D. Clennon
Manchester Metropolitan University

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
How is it that today’s young people are perhaps the most “cultured” they have ever been with virtually unlimited online access to new innovative underground subcultures whilst the gap between privileged and less privileged youth remains as wide as ever? This is a pressing question as young people from the most deprived backgrounds seem to inspire but not actually gain from the most commercially successful cultural innovations. It would seem that culture in its various facets, plays a complex part in defining and maintaining social inequalities. In this book, the author explores how youth culture and market ideologies combine to form oppressive hegemonies that maintain the gap between both the traditional and emerging new consumer classes.

The author argues that it is the market power of youth culture that has influenced commercial culture as a whole with its control(s) and representations in ways that affects all of society. Questions around its control(s), ownership and distribution are crucial for the understanding of its role in the maintenance of social and structural inequalities. Drawing on Lacan, Benjamin, Freire, Collins, hooks and others, the author underpins his observations of his community enterprise research with young people with a theoretical framework that explores the interiorisation process of cultural oppression and liberation. The author also examines how the Freirean process of “consciousness-raising” can be applied to examine youth culture in ways that empower its consumers, as well as tracking the genesis of some of its more negative market origins.

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ISBN: 978-1-63463-808-1
ISBN: 978-1-53613-929-7
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Veterans: Benefits, Issues, Policies, and Programs. Volume 6

Editor: Timothy C. Roberts

Series: Nuclear Materials and Disaster Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The reports that make up this book examine various veteran issues, including what constitutes basic eligibility for veterans’ benefits, military benefits for former spouses and answers to frequently asked questions such as What Benefits can former spouses of members or retirees of the uniformed services receive under law? This book also discusses three types of VA (Veterans Affairs) housing assistance – the loan guaranty program, direct loan programs and Specially Adapted Housing program – their origins, how they operation, and how they are funded. The report also has a section that discusses the default and foreclosure of VA-guaranteed loans. Finally, the last chapter answers frequently asked questions on health care for veterans, including questions on eligibility and enrollments, medical benefits and costs to veterans and insurance collections.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-825-2
ISBN: 978-1-53613-826-9

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Understanding Impulsive Behavior: Assessment, Influences and Gender Differences

Editor: Christian Braddon

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In this compilation, the authors begin by describing the main impulsive behavior assessment instruments in animals and humans. The following databases were searched from 2005 to 2017: MEDLINE, PsycINFO and BVS/Bireme. The search retrieved four questionnaires and eight tasks for humans, as well as six tasks for animals. This discussion, together with the analysis of instruments applied in human and non-human animals, is the greatest contribution to the field, since there is a lack of literature about the subject. In addition, this chapter discusses the importance of validating such instruments for each population.

In the following chapter, the authors propose a developmental theory of persistence in problematic alcohol consumption that emanates from impulsigenic personality traits that differentially predispose individuals to drink when highly emotional. These patterns of behavior are reinforced over time and gradually shift from impulsive to compulsive, first to escape negative emotions, then to avoid them completely. For some, more adaptive methods of coping are not adequately developed. These individuals may transition into early adulthood far less equipped to cope with the stress related to this developmental period, and thus continue to drink in ways that are problematic and potentially harmful. The following chapter focuses on adolescence, a period of life wherein individuals pass through several changes, including experiencing new situations and new relationships with peers, parents and superiors. This phase of life is also marked by physical and brain maturation.

The last area to develop in the central nervous system is the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the area also linked to the ability to control impulses. This suggests that adolescents tend to have more impulsive behaviors that can result in risky behaviors such as alcohol and drugs. So, the purpose of this chapter is to discuss impulsivity in adolescence, and clarify issues that may help us to understand topics related to this, such as the difference in impulsive behaviors between genders at this stage of life and what influence socioeconomic status may have on such behaviors. Afterwards, findings relating to emotional impulsiveness (EI) from the author’s work and that of others are reviewed. Early work is first described that identified a neural (brain-wave) signature of EI in personality disordered offenders detained in high security. It was shown that, by categorizing offenders on the basis of this brain-wave measure as a priori high vs. low risk and following them up following their release into the community, it was possible to predict both general and violent re-offending with a modest degree of accuracy.

Continuing, a review is included which summarizes the existing literature on the influence of the dimensions of impulsivity and alcohol use problems among racial/ethnic groups. In particular, the authors focus on how chronic stress may influence the relationship between specific dimensions of impulsivity (e.g., negative and positive urgency) and alcohol use. While much of the existing literature has been conducted in white samples, individuals from minority backgrounds often deal with greater stress and stress specifically related to their identity as minority. The authors go on to investigate the association between impulsive behaviors at age 7 and the development of problem gambling by adulthood. To determine the specificity of any observed association between impulsive behaviors and problem gambling, the chapter also examines the link between respondents’ shy/depressed behaviors in childhood and later problem gambling.

The longitudinal investigation found prospective evidence that impulsive behaviors at age 7 are a specific and significant risk factor for later problem gambling. In the concluding study, a total of 318 psychiatric patients from the outpatient services of two institutions and 184 healthy subjects were recruited. Patients were included if they were > 18 years of age, met DSM-IV criteria for a psychotic, mood- or stress-related disorder and were clinically stable enough according to the treating physician to complete the study assessments. Healthy subjects were screened using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I) and were excluded if any diagnostic criteria was met or if they verbally reported a history of psychiatric disorders. The goal was to determine the impact of demographic variables and substance use in the overt expression of impulsivity in men and women with and without mental disorders.

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Aging and Western Society: A Critical Approach

Editor: Jason L. Powell
Coventry University, UK

Series: Social Perspectives in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is an unashamedly sociological excursion relating to the ageing process in Western society. It fundamentally questions assumptions and ideas around ageing, and where these ideas originate.

This book crucially explores conceptual, theoretical, methodological, practical and social policy issues relating to how ageing has been framed, constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed by politicians, policy makers and professionals. The book is underpinned by a critical approach that raises significant implications of social issues relating to ageing in the Western world.

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Creating Successful Bridges through Study Abroad: An International Social Work and Culture Competency Approach

Editor: Samson B. Chama, Ph.D.
Alabama A & M University, Huntsville, AL, US

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
International social work is a growing area of study and today many social work programs across the country are embracing it. Several factors account for its growth and these include a growing concern for global development and the interconnectedness of global socio-economic problems such as poverty, human tracking, and health challenges such as HIV and AIDS. International social work can be viewed as a bridge between social work and global development. At another level, it is a platform from which social work students can engage in international social work and global projects. Through global engagement, students are offered unique opportunities to demonstrate the social work profession’s standards and practice behaviors as espoused by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through its Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). When social work students are able to become culturally sensitive to other cultures, they are more likely to become skilled, alert, productive actors and facilitators of change in various settings where they might be placed in. To this end, this book is the first of its kind to speak to these elements.

It is also among the first to highlight the importance of CSWE standards and practice behaviors including how these could be used as vehicles of learning and knowledge building for international social work students. The book uses a unique framework approach in which the standards are meticulously couched within some of the different programs that are discussed. To this effect, the framework is punctuated with selected chapter discussions that highlight and focus on international social work programs of interest. These programs are carefully examined in a way that demonstrates their usefulness and impact on both local communities and students. The programs import and bring home a different level of understanding to international social work. It is right to say that these are fully fledged pro-active programs which act as conduits of knowledge and skills. Therefore reading them would generate interest in the minds of those students who are still novices in international social work and global development. At the end of each chapter are critical discussion questions that provide students with an opportunity to engage chapter content as well as to think critically about what they have read and learned. The questions are clear and simple and yet loaded with rewarding assumptions about international social work and global community development. Certainly, this book is a must for those social work programs that want their students to have a real and first-hand feel of international social work and global community development. It is a book that has been written at an opportune time, a time when current global socio-economic and political trends call for full involvement of social workers.

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Peacekeeping: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Impacts

Editor: Pablo Antonio Fernández Sánchez
University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Series: International Law and Regulation – Aspects and Horizons

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
There is no legal instrument specifically designing peacekeeping operations. These operations form part of what legal science calls the subsidiary bodies of international organisations and are not expressly provided for in their founding charters — with the exception, in the case of the EU, of the Treaty of Lisbon.
Any definition of what PKOs are must be established on an ad hoc basis and based on practice.
Without disparaging other international institutions, it is the United Nations, by its universal nature, that can and must harmonise any efforts to achieve such peacekeeping and international security. However, the United Nations cannot assume a monopoly of international peacekeeping and security.
For this reason, this book analyses the peacekeeping activities of the regional organisations, such as the EU, OSCE, NATO, or any other.
Diverse and specific local experiences have been very useful for peacekeeping. This has been the case with the new functions taken on by PKOs such as protection of the cultural heritage, participation of the World Bank, the new war on terrorism, etc., all of which require new analyses that can be included in a more functional context.
Any measures adopted in peacekeeping missions must take gender into account, given its enormous impact and it is therefore essential to examine this issue. These aspects are included in the book.
The study of the impact peacekeeping operations have on human rights, on the financial conditions of the people living in the places to which peacekeepers are deployed, on child protection, etc. are others issues covered within this book.

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Children’s Issues and Challenges – CRS Reports from 2017 to 2018

Editor: Judy E. Howard

Series: Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book includes CRS reports from 2017 to 2018 and is focused on children’s issues, such as unaccompanied alien children (UAC) runaway and homeless youth, the DACA Program as well as recent privacy and security issues associated with the increasing number of smart toys being created for children.

The number of unaccompanied alien children that are attempting to enter the US, usually from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, account for almost all UAC cases. Agencies in the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) share responsibility for the processing, treatment and placement of UAC. This report addresses the background, scope of the issue, current policy, processing and treatment of apprehended UAC and suggests what should be done going forward. The next report discusses runaway and homeless youth and the federal response to support this population. Next, the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) created by President Obama is examined and all the questions associated with this program, including whether DACA recipients are legally allowed to work in the US, the current status of the DACA program and the eligibility requirements for consideration of DACA. Finally, the short 3-page report on smart toys examines how the potential misuse of toys may make children vulnerable and suggests ways to protect the privacy and safety of children in this increasingly digital world.

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Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 134

Editor: Alexandra M. Columbus

Series: Advances in Psychology Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
After many centuries of study, social scientific researchers in many fields, such as those of human emotion, are still at a loss for even definitions of constructs on which to base explicit theories. In this book, human emotion factors were assessed for a sample of 291 Yoruba-speaking students with a questionnaire administered in Ibadan metropolis. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings for uplifting individual happiness, collective identity and sense of connection to others, as well as theoretical implications of these findings for the nature of attitudes, emotions and intergroup relations are explored.
Next, the authors show that heuristics and biases are most likely a heritage from our evolutionary past as they are also detected in non-human primates and observed early in children. The results obtained by running a similar food gambling task with children and individuals of 6 different species of non-human primates are presented, and observed gambling rates were analysed in the different sets of individuals and estimations of different choice theories parameters were run. Risk aversion and loss aversion were detected and measured at various levels in non-human primates and children. The key finding is that cognitive processes in the context of risk are not uniquely human and are based on biologically measurable foundations.
Following this, this book reviews problems that researchers face when trying to establish the aggressiveness of computer gamers who engage with violent content during gameplay. When conducting media comparisons, the comparisons are only valid within “zones of comparability.” Either the level of participants’ interactivity has to be constant across the media type compared, while the media content varies; or the content of specific media should be kept constant, whereas the level of interactivity with the content then varies.
Afterwards, the authors discuss the mushrooming of self-help groups of patients in Germany in the 1970’s. Today, these groups are seen as complementary resources for the health care system, in contrast to their perception at the time. In this chapter, the socio-political background for the integration of self-help into the healthcare system is presented, along with a short history of the research on collaboration in Germany before the concept of self-help friendliness emerged. Additionally research on and practice of the methodical approach of self-help friendliness is presented.
The authors go on to present the results of a systematic review of the recent literature regarding the association between birth order and the development of personality. Whether ordinal position between siblings has a further impact on human lives is a question that has interested the scientific community and the general public for decades. The so-called “birth order theory” was formulated by the Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler in 1947. He argued that birth order has a profound and lasting effect on psychological development.
The objective of the following chapter was to analyze the profile of the sexual aggressor of children and adolescents, according to manifestations of the violence and link with the victims, in a decade (2007-2016). The authors used a cross-sectional study, based on data from the “Police Inquiry Reports; Occurrence Bulletins and Circumstantial Terms” to maintain the importance of raising awareness among adolescents and young people and to determine the role of interpersonal relationships, social formation and ties with family members, acquaintances, boyfriends, friends and colleagues. The central goal is to halt the repetition of violent models and prevent the generational transmission of the cycle of victimization-aggression.
The findings of an additional study on sexual violence against children and adolescents, whose perpetrators are familiar and some known from the social environment of the victims, point to the need for prevention measures and support to family and social centers. This book reinforces the importance of protection and prevention to encourage anonymous complaints.
Next, the authors suggest that examining sexual behavior that differs between men and women is often difficult because treating men and women as different is as much of a problem as treating men and women as being the same. Thus, the authors will present data from multiple studies conducted with groups of college women primarily in the United States over the past 20 years. The studies were published from 1989 to 2010. Beyond documenting that women use a range of tactics that includes coercion and physical force to obtain sex from unwilling men (or men unable to give consent), these studies demonstrate differences in personality, demographics, cultural setting, beliefs, and personal history between women who aggress and those who do not.
In the concluding chapter, adults (ages 19-72, M = 47.05 years, n = 235) were given the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form (GDS-SF, n = 171 scoring 0-5 (normal); n = 27 scoring 6-9 (suggesting depression), and n = 37 scoring 10-15 (almost always indicative of depression) and Palmore’s (2001) 20-item Ageism Survey. Neither age, gender nor education were related to Ageism Survey items. Increases in probable depression lead to more Ageism Survey items endorsed once or more than once.

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Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 135

Editor: Alexandra M. Columbus

Series: Advances in Psychology Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The opening chapter of Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 135 discusses the impact of parenting a child with special needs on couples’ intimate relationships by integrating three different perspectives on resilience and risk factors. The analysis focuses on the interrelationships between several mediating factors and reveals the complex effect of raising a child with special needs on marital intimacy and quality. Future directions for research and clinical interventions are suggested.
The authors evaluate the predictive value of various factors for non-adherence to treatment in order to perform a therapeutic intervention as personalized as possible. The need to carry out psychotherapeutic approaches in order to improve determining aspects in the improvement of adherence to treatment in patients with psychosis is highlighted.
The following chapter presents the socio-political background for the integration of self-help into the health care system, a short history of the research on collaboration in Germany before the concept of self-help friendliness emerged and research on and practice of the methodical approach of self-help friendliness.
A Cameroonian model for forms of theatre with therapeutic outcomes is described. The authors aim to determine how these participatory approaches of theatre can give rise to a community-based form of therapeutic theatre and the dominant approaches that have therapeutic qualities, can be termed therapeutic and can be used to constitute a community-based approach.
The use of the term “nature” within the social and behavioral sciences has had a consistent deterministic meaning value suggesting mostly genetic attributions. This book proposes that the many uses of the word “nature” make it into an empty or floating signifier: a rather meaningless and projective tag unless duly qualified.
One included study evaluates a new 10-item measure to assess regret as dissonance after sexual encounters; the “Sexual Regret Scale”. Implications of the new scale are discussed in terms of cognitive dissonance, including how individuals’ sense of self and their actions may have led to an incongruent and negative affect state, thus generating sexual regret.
In the final chapter, the authors report 31 comparisons between Kuwaiti and American undergraduate students over a period of twenty years. Their results indicate that Kuwaiti students obtained higher mean scores for depression, obsessive–compulsiveness, hopelessness, pessimism, death obsession, general anxiety, death anxiety, and somatic symptoms, and lower scores for optimism, mental health, happiness, and love of life, as well as an external locus of control and ego-grasping.

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978-1-53613-705-7

Editor: Anthony L. Mooney

Series: Intellectual Property in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The problem of online infringement is real. It is substantial, and it causes a drain on our economy and it costs American jobs. Copyright piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods are reported to cost the American economy billions of dollars a year, thousands of lost jobs. This book includes the testimony of a range of witnesses that testify about how we can make some progress in the fight again online infringement and also the sale of counterfeit goods.

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Women’s Issues: Background, Legislative and Legal Developments

Editor: Luther Burke

Series: Women’s Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
During the pasts two decades, US policymakers as well as many in the international community have increasingly recognized violence against women as a significant global health, human rights and security issues. This book is a compilation of CRS reports focused on women and women’s issues, including women in Congress from 1917 to 2018; legislative and legal developments in pay equity; developments in the law on sex discrimination and the United States Supreme Court; issues for Congress on women in combat; and US efforts to address global violence against women.

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978-1-53614-196-2

Editor: Quincy Franks

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The United States has gradually shifted its formal drug policy from a punishment-focused model toward a more comprehensive approach – one that focuses on prevention, treatment and enforcement. The federal government has demonstrated growing support for the drug court model primarily through financial support of drug court programs, federal drug courts, research and various drug court initiatives.
This book includes an overview on federal support for drug courts; an overview of recent trends in the enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the principal US anti-money laundering law regulating financial institutions; an overview on the mandatory minimum sentencing of federal drug offenses; a discussion on the legislative provisions that govern the US Department of State’s production of the annual TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report, reviews country ranking trends in the TIP Report, and identifies recent congressional oversight of and legislative activity to modify the TIP report; an finally, an analysis of the use of special prosecutors and independent counsels under now-expired provisions of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as well as the use of special counsels that are currently authorized by DOJ regulations.

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Communications: Government Policies and Programs

Editor: Tatum Mangum

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The WIN-T program is the Army’s high-speed, high-capacity tactical communications network to distribute classified and unclassified information through all echelons of Army command by means of voice, data and real-time video. The first chapter examines the WIN-T Program. The second chapter is a discussion on the current structure and its role in the changing telecommunications landscape of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is an independent federal agency with its five members appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The remaining chapters of this book look at the First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications; an overview on cybersecurity and information sharing, and the FCC’s rules and policies regarding media ownership, attribution and ownership diversity. The FCC broadcast media ownership rules restrict the number of media outlets that a single entity may own or control.

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Human Rights in a Changing World: Research and Applied Approaches

Editor: Artemis Z. Giotsa, Ph.D.
University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Series: Human Rights: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The key terms in this book – human rights, changing the world, research, and applied approaches – reflect the approach to explore the relationship between human rights in different disciplines in our changing world. This handbook discusses current issues on human rights, such as research and applied approaches and trends in contemporary society. It opens up new avenues for research in worldwide development and new directions needed in the area of human rights. This book contains twenty chapters from different disciplines covering many aspects of human rights. It was written to be a supplemental textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying social sciences and human rights, as well as social scientists, researchers and teachers. However, since the subject of the book is intrinsically interesting to almost anyone, the book is written in a way that is comprehensive to other readers.

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Research on Hispanic Psychology. Volume 1

Editor: Cirilo H. Garcia Cadena, Ph.D.
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México

Series: Research on Hispanic Psychology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The objective of this work is to capture and share the scientific production of Spanish-speaking psychologists, which is little known in the Anglo-Saxon world. In contrast, the theorists and researchers of English-speaking psychology are well known in Ibero-America. This book aims to help reduce to some degree this terrible, unfortunate, and chronic gap. This first volume is composed of nine chapters that were written thanks to the contribution of nineteen authors. This book shows openness to any theory that guides the research performed by the different contributors, and the methods used and the problems addressed are very varied; it reflects, as Popper pointed out, the desire to differentiate the known from the unknown through scientific research.

In what follows, the nine chapters are very briefly described.
In Chapter One, Romo aims to identify the cultural identity of professional and academic psychologists through their own testimonies, based on their accounts of when they studied the career of psychology. In Chapter Two, Téllez and Padilla pose the low quality of the programs that train psychologists and propose a certification by national organizations at the graduate level to positively impact quality. Carrascoza states in Chapter Three that, during the colonial period, the creoles invented the myth of the Mexican identity, against the peninsular Spaniards, and enthroned the adoration of the indigenous past. In Chapter Four, Valle and Moral showed evidence of an extended scale to measure internalized homonegativity and its validity. They used exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, obtaining evidence of both convergent and discriminant validity, arriving at a hierarchical model composed of three first-order factors and one second-order factor. In Chapter Five, Pompa, Meza, and Garcia point out the importance of dissatisfaction with body image, derived from overweight and obesity, which in turn leads to psychological and psychiatric problems such as depression and anxiety in adolescents. The phenomenon of exceptional abilities was studied by Rodríguez, Sánchez, and Peña, who communicate in Chapter Six that schoolmates conceptualize the giftedness of their peers as superior intelligence, extraordinary cognitive abilities, but associate it with poor social skills; the authors use a descriptive, transversal, and qualitative design. In Chapter Seven, Sánchez, de la Garza, and Aquino adopt a cognitive approach to understand how human beings process experiences from their interaction with the physical and social world within the subdiscipline of environmental psychology. Richaud, Mesurado, and Lemos summarize, in Chapter Eight, several studies on prosociality, its types, and targets, including important variables related to it, especially in adolescence and childhood. Finally, Vargas and Richaud study, in Chapter Nine, parenting styles and their important influence on the cognitive, emotional, and social development of infants, children, and adolescents.

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The Science of Swimming and Aquatic Activities

Editor: Ricardo J. Fernandes, Ph.D.
University of Porto, Porto Biomechanics Laboratory, Porto, Portugal

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This volume gathers important research from around the globe in the field of swimming and aquatic activities. Readers will be able to better grasp the science behind the sport and related physical activities, with approaches from physiology, biochemistry, immunology, biomechanics, pedagogy, didactics and history. The seventeen chapters focus on energetics and technical evaluation of swimming and starting techniques, but the importance of water adaptation and competence, drowning prevention and lifesaving is also emphasized.
High-intensity interval training, best recovery practices and aquatic therapy program efficacy are also examined. Another chapter makes an unusual comparison between the hydrodynamics of aquatic animals and human swimming, with another chapter overviewing the last five decades of biomechanics and medicine in swimming. This new volume will help close the gap between theory and practice, and will be very useful to swimming and aquatic activities professionals as well as to the public in general who enjoy participating in and watching sports.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-028-6
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Essays in Political Anthropology: Reviewing the Essence of Capitalism

Editor: Maximiliano E. Korstanje
University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Series: Anthropology Research and Developments

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In 1992, Ulrich Beck published his classic Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity, which over the years has been situated as a must-read book in anthropology and sociology. The turn of the century brought many unseen political, economic and of course ecological risks for contemporary society. Though brilliant in essence, Beck’s argument does not suffice to explain the times that humans live in now. Risk society has been replaced by a new stage of capitalism, where disasters, human suffering and pain have been commoditized as products to be instantly gazed and consumed by a global spectorship.
The term “Thana-Capitalism” is used to describe the rise of a new form of capitalism, centered in the consumption of death and pain. This book captivates the needs of discussing capitalism from a new angle, introducing new theories, insights and debates revolving around political anthropology. In five short chapters, the authors did their best to explore this idea with different but interrelated topics such as leisure, tourism, consumption, terrorism, disasters, climate change, and political violence. The present book is useful for pre-graduate students (in humanities and social sciences) interested in politics, cultural studies and anthropology.

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Studies in the Evolutionary Psychology of Feeling

Editor: Hiram M. Stanley

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This work, originally published in 1895, does not profess to be a treatise on the subject of feeling, but merely a series of studies, and rather tentative ones at that. It was the author’s intent to deduce from the standpoint of biologic evolution the origin and development of feeling, and then to consider how far introspection confirms these results.

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African American Women and Mentorship: Lifting as We Climb

Editor: Donna Gibson McCrary
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama, US

Series: African American Women

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
African Americans have seen marked improvements in all aspects of their lives in the past fifty years. Laws have permitted and supported discriminatory practices and procedures against African Americans in every aspect of their lives. They have always had to prove their worth just to be recognized or considered for a position, to accomplish goals that others were automatically afforded. It was not uncommon for African Americans to experience major setbacks based solely on the color of their skin. African American women have been at a greater disadvantage due to being African American and female; a double minority, if you will. Educational and employment opportunities were limited and when they were made available, those with experience made little effort to mentor African Americans to ensure their success. History has proven race and gender impacts leadership skills and potential as well as upward mobility in the workplace. Meeting the basic requirements for higher education, an internship, or employment is only one component necessary for success. Mentoring is a major factor in the success of individuals and without successful mentoring, many African Americans face adversity, isolation, and unnecessary hardships.
Mentoring in the African American community has been a source of comfort for many years. The familial unit has served as a sounding board, a source of support and a safe place to disclose one’s innermost feelings encompassing mental, spiritual and career struggles. Mentoring in all aspects of life is beneficial to the success of the individual, whether in education, one’s social life, or employment. With individuals that are committed to the mentoring process, both parties will find mentoring beneficial and rewarding. It is essential for African Americans to reach back and lift up a protégé while simultaneously climbing the ladder of success. The issue is addressed to academics and schoolteachers as well as researchers in the field of physics education.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-904-4
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A Closer Look at Urban Areas

Editor: Sahar Romero

Series: Urban Development and Infrastructure

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Since the ‘smart’ component became one of the pillars of the European Union’s development, many cities, particularly post-socialist ones, have perceived the smart city concept as a remedy for their problems in the economic, social or image-related spheres. A Closer Look at Urban Areas reviews and analyzes the implementation of the smart city concept applied in recent years in cities of the new Member States.

Due to the global phenomenon of urbanization, we are witnesses to cities’ growth and the tremendous effects the growth process has on the environment and the health of populations inhabiting urban areas. Apart from numerous benefits such as opportunities for employment, entertainment, education and access to health care, the authors aim to address how urban lifestyles are also inextricably linked to numerous adverse health effects.

The increase in population, economic development, urbanization, industrialization and transport has also raised the issue of air pollution as one of the pressing concerns for contemporary society, primarily due to the harmful effects of elevated concentrations of polluting species on public health, environment and climate. Thus, the authors maintain that researching pollutant wet scavenging by atmospheric water is important for revealing the fate of air contaminants in atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems.

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An Approach to Globalization from Different Perspectives

Editor: Erdoğan Bada
Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey and Hakkari University, Hakkari, Turkey

Series: Global Political Studies

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book begins with globalization, described as a convergence of people by interacting economically, technologically and socially with each other, and endevors to describe globalization with a basic approach from a historical perspective. It moves on to argue how the Zincirkıran Commission’s purchase of ships heralded Turkey’s appearance in a bipolar world, which emerged in the aftermath of World War II by sheding light on how the liberal bloc and trade relations within this bloc developed in the 20th century.

This book also touches on the effects of globalization on the growth of the Turkish economy using data recorded from 1970-2013. Furthermore, it provides room for Weber’s Protestant Ethic, the New Institutional Economics and Human Capital Theory, which is employed as a framework to explain how social institutions might affect economic growth in the long run, and how economic success could be attained through the teaching of ethical values rooted in religion. Concepts, such as decentralization, glocalization, localization, and subsidiarity are defined, and effects of globalization on local governments are examined in terms of fiscal autonomy and service delivery. A comparison of fiscal autonomy in federal and unitary states was provided with a specific focus on fiscal autonomy and decentralization in Turkey. Besides these issues, the book also investigates how Turkish foreign policy could adapt to a globalized world during the period of the Justice and Development Party. Here, as a specific point, an emphasis is laid on the period when Former Premier Ahmet Davutoglu began his Zero Problem policy with neighbors. From a political perspective, this book discusses political discourses arising from globalization, suggesting that globalization has failed to deliver its promises concerning issues such as the diminishing of nation states, expansion of democratic rule, and more peaceful international societies.

As for Middle Eastern policies, the authors attempt to unpack Middle Eastern international relations during phases of globalization by particularly focusing on an ever-increasing role and impact of violent non-state actors (VNSAs). Finally, since almost all international relations and financial transactions in today’s world are carried out through the English language, this book also allocates some room for research conducted on English being taught as a global language in Turkey between the period of 2000-2018.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-248-8
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Drug Abuse: Trends, Issues and Management

Editor: Lance Daniels

Series: Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of CRS reports on drug use. Some topics discussed herein include federally certified opioid treatment programs, opioids, the FDA, drug trafficking, the Controlled Substances Act and drug courts.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-487-1
ISBN: 978-1-53614-488-8

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Children’s Issues and Legislation: Select Analysis and Implications

Editor: Christie Nguyen

Series: Laws and Legislation

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of CRS reports on children’s issues and legislation. Some topics discussed herein include runaway and homeless youth, unauthorized childhood arrivals, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-493-2
ISBN: 978-1-53614-494-9

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Understanding Sexuality: Perspectives and Challenges of the 21st Century

Editors: Oskar Enok and Jokum Rolf

Series: Human Sexuality

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In this compilation, the authors include a brief discussion of the myths, taboos, tendencies and new human relations that are related to the sexual behavior of elders, since sexual activities are a determinant factor when it comes to one’s satisfaction in life. Additionally, they discuss the physiological changes that are inherent to aging, such as menopause, andropause, and consequently, the medications and hormonal replacement therapies which have been allowing seniors over 60 years of age to prolong their sexual life. This book includes an examination of how sexual minority youth are treated within ministry settings, church atmosphere around LGBT concerns, and factors that impact this atmosphere. Next, the impact of chronic pain on sexual functioning and the psychosocial, pharmacological, and biological variables that determine disability during sexual activity are discussed. The authors examine the effects of chronic pain comorbid conditions on sexual functioning and how pharmacological treatment of pain and its comorbid disorders can impede sexual functioning.

Issues concerning the relations between sexuality, gender and diversity in schools are studied in an effort to promote a democratic culture in schools that properly values diversity, seeing it as a way to develop a sense of community, not as a problem to be solved. The authors share the belief that schools should develop pedagogical strategies adopting, as guiding principle, the promotion of attitudes characterized by the autonomy, responsibility and pleasure in relation to one’s own body and sexuality. Later, the educational institution climate is explored, as well as interest, knowledge, and experiences of youth ministry educators in relation to sexual minority youth and sexual identity issues. 54 youth ministry educators completed an online questionnaire that inquired about their perception of the educational institution climate as well as their personal interest, knowledge, and experience with sexual minority youth. Lastly, a paper is presented investigating why the phenomenon of same sex relationships such a difficult concept to understand in African settings and public sentiments towards LGBT individuals among the Shona immigrants in South Africa. The goal of the study was to establish attitudes and level awareness and tolerance of the public towards LGBT individuals. The authors maintain that tolerance and awareness could be improved through neutral discourses and advocacy activities on internet, social media and public forums by significant members of society.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-037-9
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Millennials: Trends, Characteristics and Perspectives

Editors: Megan W. Gerhardt
Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA

Joy Van Eck Peluchette
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Millennials: Trends, Characteristics and Perspectives provides an exploration into the diverse ways the Millennial generation is changing our world. The US Census Bureau puts the number of Millennials at 92 million as of 2017, making them the largest living generation in size, as well as the largest generation in the current workforce. Every generation has a unique social identity due to the formative events that shape its members’ values and influence their subsequent attitudes and behaviors. Yet, no other generation in history has prompted so much conversation, debate, and controversy as the Millennials. From the time they first stepped foot into our classrooms and workplaces, Millennials have been labeled as the “Me” Generation—considered entitled, with expectations exceeding their qualifications.

Popular press headlines have lamented the challenges of working and living with this generation of digital natives who were raised by parents dedicated to protecting their children’s self-esteem and handing out participating trophies. However, academic research has been a bit more tentative in its conclusions. Scholarship on generational differences has explored whether the Millennials are really as different as we have been led to believe, or whether all the headlines have been much ado about nothing. To date, research has yielded mixed results, finding similarities between generations in some areas of interest, and marked differences in others. Regardless, from education to technology to their impact on how we manage, lead, and work within our organizations, every industry has felt a shift because of this Millennial force. This volume explores the wide range of elements that make Millennials the subject of so much attention, bringing together the work of scholars from across disciplines to better understand this generation—the trends they are driving, the characteristics that differentiate them, and the subsequent perspectives that are creating significant shifts in how we live and work.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-154-3
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Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Children through Games and Play: Making Social Emotional Learning Fun

Editors: Renee Hawkins and Laura Anne Nabors
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions, Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This ground-breaking textbook focuses on the use of play techniques and games to facilitate the positive behavioral, social, and emotional development of children with and without special needs. The chapters in this book center on the use of games and play to facilitate emotional expression, develop friendships and encourage appropriate behaviors in community contexts, such as schools, that are critical to children’s adaptation in the world. For example, there are chapters explaining the importance of playground interactions for children, role play to develop social skills and learn to express emotions, games to facilitate appropriate behavior and prosocial development in the classroom, and play as an outlet for the expression of emotion and development of children with special needs, including medical and mental health conditions. Readers will learn skills for coaching positive behaviors in individual and group settings, and will learn strategies to enhance social skills and help children develop emotionally in a variety of contexts (e.g., classrooms) and circumstances (e.g., having chronic illnesses or coping with mental health issues that make social engagement more challenging). Important “take-home” messages and critical techniques for fostering children’s skills will be presented, and the engaging material presented in the chapters will facilitate knowledge of what to do and how to improve young children’s social and emotional development through play techniques and games.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-237-3
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The Impact and Implications of Crisis: A Comprehensive Approach Combining Elements of Health and Society

Editors: Maria Saridi and Kyriakos Souliotis
University of Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book tries to give an approach of the implications of crisis, especially in health and social systems. The economic crisis, as a global phenomenon of the first decade of the twentieth century, has had a negative impact on all health and social indicators. Therefore, severe austerity measures and inadequacy of resources can lead to worse health indicators and a lower quality of health services.

The ongoing economic crisis has also strongly affected the way EU shapes national welfare state reforms compared to the pre-crisis period, especially in countries that have faced unprecedented economic difficulties, as it is the case with Greece.

The crisis has given substance to an old and often hypothetical debate about the financial sustainability of health systems in Europe. There is evidence about how the consequences of economic crisis, such as unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, homelessness, and insecurity have had detrimental effects on peoples’ health status. Various causes of mortality and morbidity connected to mental health, substance abuse, and infectious disease have been raised. Poor education, social isolation, and poor housing are the key factors responsible for the vulnerability to mental health problems among less privileged individuals.

Health status and well-being of the populations worsened. The health sector has to be effective with less resources and a reduced budget. Health professionals are required to work harder in an environment of continuous cuts, with a lack of materials and equipment, to be paid less and at the same time maintain quality standards.

Migration is simultaneously a challenge and a motive for humanity to show solidarity to other human beings. Although fear and difficulties may initially create a hostile and fearsome environment for immigrants, deeper cultural characteristics usually bring to the surface actions of true solidarity, something which has been historically true for Greece.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-190-1
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When “We” Are Stressed: A Dyadic Approach to Coping with Stressful Events

Editors: Silvia Donato, Anna Bertoni and Sara Molgora
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The couple, from its formation and throughout its life cycle, is faced with several sources of stress, from daily stressors (minor stress; e.g., everyday family demands, neighborhood hassles, etc.) to critical transitions (major stress; e.g., the transition to parenthood, divorce, illness, etc.). Although in the past stress and coping were considered as mere individual processes, it is now well recognized that, when the stress and coping processes unfold within the couple relationship, a dyadic approach to both stress and coping is essential. Stress can impact both partners at the same time (e.g., financial strain) or only one member of the couple. Nonetheless, even when only one individual is experiencing stress within a couple and communicates such stress to the partner, in fact, both partners are affected by the stressful circumstance and the stress can be considered dyadic (though indirectly). Coping strategies as well could be carried out both at the individual level (e.g., individual coping) and at the dyadic level (e.g., dyadic coping). Specifically, dyadic coping is conceptualized as the interpersonal process of managing stressful events as a couple with the purpose of restoring the individual’s well-being as well as the couple’s relationship quality.
The present book is a collection of theoretical and empirical chapters focused on the relevance of a dyadic approach to couples coping with stress. A dyadic perspective is evident in both the conceptualization of stress and coping as well as in the methodology (e.g., dyadic research design and dyadic analytical methods) presented in the different chapters.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section is focused on some of the most recent theoretical and methodological issues in couples’ coping. The second section of the book comprises three chapters on how a dyadic approach can be adopted to study couples dealing with daily stressors and family transitions. The third section of the book comprises two chapters adopting a dyadic approach to the study of couples coping with illness. Finally, the fourth section of the book includes three chapters presenting dyadic interventions aimed at helping partners cope together more efficiently.
Highlights include:
-How couples cope with different stressors
-New trends in dyadic coping research
-A description of intervention programs for couples dealing with stress
The book is an ideal source of reference for relationship researchers, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and advanced students who work with couples dealing with stress.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-350-9
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Understanding Suicide: Perspectives, Risk Factors and Gender Differences

Editors: Patti Terry and Ron Price

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Understanding Suicide: Perspectives, Risk Factors and Gender Differences opens with an examination of suicidality as a complex issue. Suicides may be prevented by addressing the mode of reporting in the media, by restricting access to means of suicide, and training health workers and primary care physicians to identify people at risk, assess and manage respective crises, and provide adequate follow-up care. This book discusses the rates of suicidal behavior in inmates, risk factors, and provides a review on how these aspects may differ by offender type (female, juvenile, violent, and sex offenders). An assessment of reasons for living is provided with the hope that it may bolster long-term risk evaluation and may contribute to the clinical tools available to therapists working with high-risk clients. Nurturing clients’ reasons for living may aid in stopping passive suicidal ideation. A study that used data from 2,386 7th through 12th grades who completed Wave I of Add Health is exhibited, suggesting that “sex, grade point average, self-esteem, depression, optimism, sense of school belongingness, and closeness to both mothers and fathers” effected students’ propensity for experiencing bullying and suicidality. As youth suicide is a significant public health problem that requires urgent attention, the concluding chapter describes emerging ideation-to-action models and their implications for school-based youth suicide preventio

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-390-5
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Current Developments in Alexithymia – A Cognitive and Affective Deficit

Editors: Ricardo João Teixeira
University of Aveiro, Department of Education and Psychology, Portugal

Bob Bermond
University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychology, The Netherlands

Peter Paul Moormann
Leiden University, Department of Psychology, Section of Clinical Psychology, Health, and Neuropsychology, The Netherlands

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Current Developments in Alexithymia: A Cognitive and Affective Deficit is a book that aims to establish a tangible synthesis between aspects that sometimes disorient the clinician – and allow for framing in some others – that are considered as central in the research necessary in this field. Since the original definition was coined by Sifnéos and Nemiah, alexithymia has been found to be associated with a broad range of somatic and psychiatric disorders, and the concept has been refined theoretically speaking. Alexithymia is now accepted as an affective deficit and a normally distributed multifaceted personality variable characterized by impairments in the ability to experience and symbolize one’s own and other’s emotions. The alexithymia construct retains important relevance for affective, social and cognitive neuroscientific research as it is tightly linked to the understanding of mechanisms of cognitive and affective processing, emotional awareness and social interaction. Alexithymia has gained increased attention as a possible vulnerability factor for a variety of medical and psychopathological disorders. Collectively, alexithymic facets have been shown to reflect deficits in the capacity to process and consciously experience emotions as well as to regulate emotional states through cognitive processes. The present book presents current findings, reviews and models on affective and cognitive mechanisms of alexithymia in healthy and clinical samples, offering some new reflections and orientations for academics and clinicians in fields such as clinical and health psychology, counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, and psychiatric nursing.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-305-9
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Single-Parenting in the 21st Century: Perceptions, Issues and Implications

Editors: Thomas K. Babalis
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Yota P. Xanthacou
University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Maria A. Kaila
Chairman, Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.), GreeceProfessor in Educational Psychology, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greec

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Single-Parenting in the 21st Century: Perceptions, Issues and Implications explores and illuminates the landscape of single-parenting in the twenty-first century, during which a great number of individuals have begun parenting on their own. Nationally and internationally recognized experts apply their multiple years of experience as researchers and offer the most complete handbook available to exploring the uncharted waters of single-parenting in the twenty-firstt century. The volume provides in-depth answers to important questions, such as: Does being a single parent effect physical and mental health? What is the economic status of single-mother and single-father families? Is the psychosocial adjustment, school performance and behavior of single-parent students related to nuclear family children? With these questions in mind, the chapters are classified into three categories: a) Single-Parenting and Health; b) Single-Parenting and Economic Disadvantage; and c) Single-Parenting and Education. Globalization, demographic shifts, economic, cultural, social and moral crisis, and changing trends in the labor sector all signify the distinctiveness of the current moment with regards to family patterns. This one-of-a-kind book promotes a world-view, a perspective of the multiple effects of single-parenting both on parents as well as children and presents the most recent research data on the complex issues surrounding single-parenthood. Written with clarity and candor by worldwide researchers and experts, Single-Parenting in the 21st Century: Perceptions, Issues and Implications is an essential read for teachers, parents, administrators and policymakers at all levels.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-277-9
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Emotional Intelligence: Perceptions, Interpretations and Attitudes

Editors: Maria del Carmen Pérez-Fuentes, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Almeria, Almeria, Spain

María del Mar Molero Jurado
Department of Psychology, University of Almeria, Almeria, Spain

José Jesús Gázquez Linares
Department of Psychology, University of Almeria, Almeria, Spain

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI) was used by Salovey and Mayer to refer to the abilities and capacities to perceive and produce emotions that enable thought, to understand those emotions and regulate them with a clear adaptive function of the individual. This plays an important role throughout life, offering a frame of reference for the management of emotions with which a person relates to their environment. According to the different researches, emotional intelligence has been related to subjective well-being, personal, labor and psychological well-being, health perception and related behaviors, the socio-scholar adjustment of students, job or academic satisfaction, and the link with studies, social skills, etc. Therefore, it deserves attention, research, development and control in order to achieve a society better prepared for individual and collective success. The conceptual paradigm of intelligence has evolved over time, focusing on a multidisciplinary and integrating perspective in the present. Therefore, this book captures the results of some of the recent research that is being carried out on this construct from a multidisciplinary approach (educational, organizational, development, etc.) and throughout life (childhood and adolescence, adulthood, etc.).

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-325-7
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Gender Violence: Prevalence, Implications, and Global Perspectives

Editors: Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Ph.D. and Corinne Renguette, Ph.D.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, US

Series: Bullying and Victimization, Ethical Issues in the 21st Century

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This timely book begins a conversation about a field of practice which has been marred by victims of all kinds, races, and cultures. The author aims is to allow a platform for a country-to-country dialogue. A conversation that centers not only on where people are physically located, but what violence means when coupled with gender differences. This book examines different types of violence and its effect on different cultures from a global perspective, but also shares the prevalence and implications these acts have for humanity as a whole.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-610-4
ISBN: 978-1-53613-611-1

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Psychology Research Summaries. Volume 7 (with Biographical Sketches)

Editors: Nancy E. Wodarth and Alexis P. Ferguson

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of research summaries from a number of different focuses in the field of psychology research.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-721-7
ISBN: 978-1-53613-767-5

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Multifaceted Autoethnography: Theoretical Advancements, Practical Considerations and Field Illustrations

Editors: Henna Syrjälä
University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland

Anu Norrgrann
Hanken School of Economics, Vaasa, Finland

Series: Research Methodology and Data Analysis

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book provides theoretical, methodological and practical insights into the use of autoethnography as a research methodology. Autoethnography offers unique possibilities to gain an in-depth understanding of social and cultural contexts as well as research topics through description and reflective analysis of personal, lived experiences. In this methodology, the researchers’ self-narratives enable exceptional insider perspectives into phenomena that can otherwise be inaccessible, or where similar situated understanding is difficult to attain through other methods. Yet, the book discusses how autoethnography goes beyond researchers’ self-stories by making sense of the complex social worlds where the studies take place.

The seven autoethnographies of the book demonstrate the multifacetedness of this approach in an intriguing and insightful way. The collection showcases different types of autoethnography, and illuminates practical as well as ethical considerations in conducting this type of research. The contributors of this collection also take us on fascinating journeys into their fields around the globe, demonstrating how autoethnography can be applied in versatile ways. The book highlights how it can be employed for different purposes and to approach multifarious cultural phenomena in a variety of academic disciplines, from information systems, tourism, and consumer research to education, literature and psychology.

For researchers and students with an interest in qualitative research methodology, this book offers rich and captivating illustrations of the opportunities and benefits as well as practical tools for avoiding pitfalls while using this methodology. The field provides accounts into different cultural phenomena, making the book not only an educational, but also an exciting read.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-564-0
ISBN: 978-1-53613-565-7

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Sexism: Past, Present and Future Perspectives

Editors: Gemma Sáez, Ph.D. and Inmaculada Valor-Segura, Ph.D.
University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status, Women’s Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book focuses sexism research, particularly on the latest contributions to this study. The authors of the first chapter focus on female representation in the media and the effect of gender bias in political communication. The second chapter focuses on the importance of language as a form of sexual assault, while chapter three examines linguistic strategies for enhancing gender equality. Moreover, the authors of the fourth chapter review research that explores the role of sexism concerning women’s participation in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Lastly, the fifth chapter is intended to answer how sexist beliefs contribute to violence against women.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-590-9
ISBN: 978-1-53613-591-6

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Modeling Social Behavior and Its Applications

Editors: Lucas Antonio Jódar Sánchez
Universitat Politècnica de València, Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Elena de la Poza Plaza
Universitat Politècnica de València, Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Paloma Merello Giménez
Universitat Politècnica de València, Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Luis Acedo Rodriguez
Universitàt Politècnica de València, Ciudad Politècnica de la Innovación, Spain

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book analyzes human behavior from an individual and organizational perspective. Based on cutting-edge research, each chapter is focused on modeling human behavior in different fields and taking into account uncertain environments by applying innovative quantitative and qualitative approaches.

This book deals with the decision-making process of individuals behaving as economic agents who consume, save, produce and invest, but also with organizations such as families, firms, public entities and even countries.

This book comprises a wide spectrum of contemporary topics. Each chapter challenges the reader by the approaches employed, providing insight into the pillars of western societies: Sociology and Public Health, Economy and Finances, Medicine, Architecture, Archeology and Engineering.

Modeling Social Behavior and its Applications deals with trendy issues and provides answers to socio-economic dilemmas

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-666-1
ISBN: 978-1-53613-667-8

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Violent Communication and Bullying in Early Childhood Education

Editors: Panagiotis J. Stamatis and Eleni N. Nikolaou
Department of Sciences of Preschool Education and Educational Design, University of the Aegean, Greece

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World, Bullying and Victimization

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book attempts to shed light on the social phenomenon of school bullying that emerges at preschool ages. It is a book that promotes opposition to violent communica-tion and bullying in early childhood education by providing non-violent communication, anti-bullying techniques and advice for teachers and parents. Within this framework, it focuses on the definitions and forms of bullying in early childhood, its manifestations, the circumstances of its manifestation, the associated risk factors and its prevention. Teachers’ perceptions are explored in the context of the research studies conducted re-garding important aspects of the phenomenon. Moreover, school bullying involves ver-bal and non-verbal communication elements, and it is conceptualized as a form of communication violence and miscommunication. It also includes contemporary scien-tific research data and it emphasizes the communication aspect of bullying. Teachers’ verbal and non-verbal behaviors affect the relationships among students and may lead to communication violence. Non-violent communication is considered the key to con-trolling bullying in educational environments. Non-violent communication is the anti-dote to communicative bullying, which creates many other forms of bullying as a result of miscommunication and para-communication among individuals. In addition, it con-tains an analysis of literary works pertaining to school bullying, as literature is regarded as an ally to the success of all efforts to address bullying. Furthermore, this book in-cludes research data regarding school bullying and its dimensions according to the per-ceptions of teachers and parents. The originality of this book is associated with the study of school bullying in early childhood and the study of its communication aspect as well as its multidisciplinary approach.
Scholars, students, educators and parents are the main audiences of this book as its contents are extremely interesting for anybody who cares about interpersonal relation-ships, communication and human interactions, especially in preschool and early child-hood environments. Trainers and employees in educational structures or infrastructures, persons who are involved in any educational processes and teachers of all educational levels may show interest in this book. Relevant subject areas to this book are education, psychology, sociology, criminology and communication. Thus, professionals of these fields or areas may also be interested in this book as well.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-977-8
ISBN: 978-1-53613-978-5

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Psychology Research Summaries. Volume 9 (with Biographical Sketches)

Editors: Nancy E. Wodarth and Alexis P. Ferguson

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of research summaries from a number of different focuses in the field of psychology research.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-953-2
ISBN: 978-1-53613-968-6

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Psychology Research Summaries. Volume 8

Editors: Nancy E. Wodarth, Alexis P. Ferguson

Series: Psychology Research Progress

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a compilation of biographical sketches and research summaries from a number of different focuses in the field of psychology research.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-875-7
ISBN: 978-1-53613-899-3

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Social Integration and Inclusion: Predictors, Practices and Obstacles

Editors: Johnathan Price and Christopher Blanc

Series: Social Welfare Policies and Programs – Patterns, Implications and Prospects

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The concept of disability over the last few decades has been defined in different ways, while the policies implemented demonstrate not only at the societal level how society approaches the difficulties of a person with a disability, but also at a symbolic level: how the person’s position in social development is determined and how the value system and beliefs surrounding the issue of disability are shaped. In this collection the authors explore educational integration framework and social inequalities in the context of the economic crisis that has plagued Greece over the last eight years.
Next, based on the nationwide database of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, the authors investigate the correlation between three cognitive skills (literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments) and three indicators of labour market integration of Former Soviet Union immigrants in Israel: income, job autonomy and job satisfaction.
A case study was also conducted at the Institute of Psychology and Education of Kazan Federal University with the purpose of theoretically substantiating and experimentally verifying the forms and methods of volunteering as a means of preparing future educators to work with children at risk.
Lastly, the authors begin to problematize the social dilemma paradigm by challenging the assumption that partners view the costs and benefits of resource pooling uniformly. A survey of 54 senior and 54 novice alliance managers about pooling 10 kinds of resources in alliances finds evidence of value asymmetry, where senior and novice managers perceive the costs and benefits of resource pooling in alliances differently.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-063-7
ISBN: 978-1-53614-064-4

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The Theory and Practice of Terrorism: Alternative Paths of Inquiry

Editors: Elena Mastors
Dean of Faculty, University of Phoenix, Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

Rhea Siers
Scholar-In-Residence, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University.

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Terrorism studies has grown exponentially in the last decade. However, gaps still remain in the analysis of terrorism from the compilation of data to the examination of specific case studies in an effort to discern trends, such as in the radicalization of individuals across cultural, religious, and gender lines. This book focuses on a central question that will be answered by a diverse group of academic and professional experts on terrorism: what are the current gaps in terrorism studies, and how can focusing on these gaps better inform our policy and operational decision-making. These experts provide their analysis of what is missing in the study of terrorist activities, groups, and the use of political violence. They also illustrate these gaps by applying theories that inform the understanding of terrorist behavior and focus on different paths of inquiry.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-424-0
ISBN: 978-1-53613-873-3
ISBN: 978-1-53610-444-8

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Building Youth for the Future: A Path towards Suicide Prevention

Editors: Hatim A. Omar, M.D.
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Joav Merrick, M.D.
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
While much needs to be done in order to minimize the suicide attempts and suicides of adolescents, the work of Stop Youth Suicide (SYS) campaign and the comprehensive grassroots’ approach is showing signs of success in the state of Kentucky. The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) showed that for the first time, indicators of youth suicide in the state are at or below the national average, where they were previously always above. In the three rural counties where the school systems have partnered with SYS and the Division of Adolescent Medicine in Lexington, there is an actual absence of completed suicides compared to the average of three per year prior to this partnership. In order to maintain and improve that statistic, we must ensure that students do not have easy access to weapons, guns and drugs by ensuring that these items are properly stored in homes where children are present. Kentucky’s educators must continue to develop ways to provide safe and supportive school environments. In this book, the authors have gathered presentations from the 2017 Annual Stop Youth Suicide Campaign Conference, which we hope will be of interest and help to the readers.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-768-2
ISBN: 978-1-53613-769-9

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The Psychology of Rivalry

Editors: Sybil L. Hart, Ph.D.
Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Lubbock, TX USA

Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D.
Florida Atlantic University, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The Psychology of Rivalry is an edited volume made up of chapters by leading researchers and theorists in the fields of psychology, human development, family studies, evolutionary psychology, behavioral neuroscience and genetics. It is written for all levels of students and scientists within these and related fields who are interested in exploring relationships beyond those which are simply dyadic by focusing on contexts that are rich with overlapping relationships and complexity. Rivalry is an inherent feature of many, if not all, such relationships; it sometimes rests quietly in the interior of the psyche, and other times it can be confrontational and even destructive.

In their own way, each of the contributors to this volume present a range of theoretical perspectives as well as empirical studies with novel approaches and treatments, commentary on current events in the popular press, and practical material. As the authors draw on these perspectives and approaches, each chapter is unique in its manner of navigating the issues and boundaries of reward versus competition within a wide range of settings and relationships, within and outside families, involving individuals as young as fetuses to siblings of advanced age. It is within such contexts that real life experience takes place, and so this volume represents a bold step toward unraveling relationship dynamics in the real world with all its complexity.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-172-6
ISBN: 978-1-53614-173-3

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Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices

Editors: Diane Grimes, Ph.D.
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse, NY

Qiu Wang, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Hong Lin, Ph.D.
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas

Series: Health Psychology Research Focus

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is a first attempt to associate the interpretation of contemplative approaches to scientific studies. Drawing on expertise from a range of disciplines, including psychology, applied statistics, health sciences, neuroscience, communication, computer science, and information technology, we examine the critical processes of contemplative approaches and aim to guide the scientific research of contemplative practices. The book includes pedagogical and experimental aspects of studies such as research design, measurement, program assessment, statistical modeling, data mining, technology integration, and evaluation.
It aims to serve as a forum to inspire empirical studies of contemplative practices that address the complexity and variety of such practice in a thoughtful way. It includes compiled interpretation of bodily manifestations of contemplative practices, psychological analysis of contemplative practices, and systematic studies of the effect of contemplative practices through data analysis. Together, the chapters of this book offer first steps along a path to deeper understanding of contemplative practices.
Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices can serve as a reference book to scholars, researchers, and graduate students across fields of natural and social science. Specifically, this book may be of interest in scholarly arenas such as life sciences, psychology, communication, healthcare, education, and data science. We also hope to draw attention from meditation practitioners as well as those who are interested in religious and philosophical studies.
We hope that the systematic study of contemplative approaches can make an impact on the larger population in their daily lives.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-081-1
ISBN: 978-1-53614-082-8

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Child Abuse: Harm and Solutions

Editors: Arturo Loredo Abdalá, Hugo Juárez-Olguín and Abigail Casas Muñoz

Series: Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Child abuse is a modality of violence against children and adolescents which remains to be comprehensively attended. The complexity of the problem implies not only the clinical manifestations (physical, sexual and psychological abuses and neglect), but also the social component (social determinants for health) as well as the judicial implication. This makes the suspicion, diagnosis, comprehensive care of each case, the physical and emotional rehabilitation of each patient, and the strategies for the prevention of this phenomenon very difficult. Undoubtedly, child abuse is fraught with enormous emotional and economic loads for the child, the family and society.

In the light of the above-mentioned facts, the propositions in this book lie in the presentation and development of the most frequent and known modalities of child abuse. These modalities include physical, sexual and psychological abuses and neglect, as well as other forms like fetal abuse, ethnic maltreatment, abuse among peers, bullying, and parental alienation among others that are little known or barely considered; hence, these latter issues are not frequently seen by physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, lawyers, etc. In addition, some preventive programs that have been successful as viable strategies in many countries of the world are proposed.

The authors are convinced that the consideration of these concepts would definitely permit the elaboration of optimum and specific management for this population.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-271-6
ISBN: 978-1-53614-272-3

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Soft Skills and Aspirations in Chinese Children and Youth

Editors: Daniel T.L. Shek, Ph.D.
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hong Kong, PRC. Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC. Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC. Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, PRC and Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Janet TY Leung, Ph.D.
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong

Joav Merrick, M.D.
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Young people are expected to learn “academic” or “technical” knowledge in a manufacturing economy, which can be referred to as “hard skills” (for example, to produce a car through assembly lines). In many countries today, countries have been shifting from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, which has resulted in young people expecting to gain skills that are non-technical and widely transferable to different settings. This skills are referred to as “soft skills”, which are basically related to the qualities of an individual. In this book, the authors include several chapters on soft skills development in adolescents with particular reference to Chinese culture.

This book includes conclusions based on the data collected from the third year of the community-based P.A.T.H.S. Project in Hong Kong. It also discusses dreams, aspirations, hopes and related constructs in Chinese adolescents. Additionally, the authors also present chapters on the relationships between pornography consumption and positive youth development qualities; and the last few chapters document attempts to promote soft skills in university students. With the emergence and consolidation of a service or knowledge-based economy, the desired qualities in adolescents have changed. Obviously, soft skills development plays an important role in the employability of young people. It is also vital to the complete development of young people as individuals in the present and future.

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ISBN: 978-1-53614-092-7
ISBN: 978-1-53614-093-4

Price: $195.00
Price: $195.00