We are living a crisis: Social support is a number one protective factor, for both children and adults

Why is this happening to me?', 'Am I going to lose my mind?', 'How will I continue to raise my child?' 'Can I make it through this fear?', 'Will I ever be calm again?', 'How long will this go on?' Sounds familiar? Probably very familiar to all of us these days. These are the words we keep telling ourselves, telling others, we hear it being said on TV, in the news, we hear it in the staircases, on WhatsApp, in social networks, we tell it in solitude of meeting ourselves in front of the mirror. Yes, we probbably are in crisis.
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Emotional abuse: Forms, consequences and treatment

According to a survey of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect conducted in 2006 (Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and Brave Phone), 16.5% of children experienced emotional abuse. However, it is very difficult to estimate the exact prevalence of emotional abuse in the population since it involves a wide range of behaviors and there is no clear definition of it. In this text we address emotional abuse in the family, although it may occur within any other relevant relationship.
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Safer Internet Day 2020: Let’s start with priorities

Safer Internet Day 2020: Let’s start with priorities

We adults often wonder, discuss, and debate how much possibilities the modern world of technology has brought to us, and how much risk. Discussions always end with the conclusion that we have good and bad sides, just as many as we can find. Although we can oppose the internet, screens and technologies, their impact on children and young people, we can strongly advocate that generations without cell phones and internet access have lived much better and healthier lives, but despite numerous arguments we cannot dispute the fact that we continue to live in a world where screens exist, in which it takes less than a second for a message on one of the social networks to reach a friend who lives on the other end of the globe. For children and young people, screens have become companions on the road to growing up. Preschoolers are about two and a half hours a day on screens, older children and adolescents 3 to 5 hours a day, and every fifth adolescent is more than 5 hours a day - that is a fact that even relentless statistics fail to cover up.
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8 things we can do right now to prevent child abuse

8 things we can do right now to prevent child abuse

Today, November 19, marks the Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. Prevention is a term we talk a lot about, but we seem to act too little and not systematically. Prevention is based on science: there are thousands of scientific findings and practical examples on how to identify problems, how to create a prevention program, how to implement and evaluate it, how much benefits do successful prevention programs bring, both in human and economic sense. Research shows that every dollar invested in youth population prevention saves $30 - $5,000 in the future. However, these gains are long-term. They require consistent and systematic implementation, investment now to see results in far future - 10 or 20 years from now. Unsurprisingly, we don't put a lot of effort and money in prevention, living in a world of a constant rush, demanding results now and immediately, demanding proof of success today from yesterday's actions. But we should have.
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BULLYING: The perpetrator is not a bully but a child, and needs help as well as a victim and a bystander

It is crucial with to build a relationship of trust and security with a child from its early age. This doesn't mean that the child shouldn't have any consequences for his or her behavior, but that the consequences shouldn't be replaced with the violence or focused solely on child's negative behaviors. Consequence of behavior should also be praise, corroboration, parental attention... which can be given to the child whenever he or she behaves in the way that parents expect od in the way they believe that child should behave following their example, in accordance with clear and unambiguous rules. 
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What made it easier for me to bear the burden of divorce

At the very beginning of the process of divorce I was not aware of the pitfalls in which I found myself at all. The biggest burden at that time were my feelings of confusion, hurt and anger. All this resulted in a strong sense of fear, which sometimes literally paralyzed me and caused panic. Numerous questions have been opened every day, on that I alone could not find an answer.
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Depression in children and adolescents

The truth is that depression does not affect only adults, but children and adolescents, too. Depression is a disease as are diabetes, or high blood pressure. It is believed to be the disease of the future. World Health Organisation estimates that it will soon become the second public health issue in the world.

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