Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A social worker: Dorothy Height, a leader of the African-American and women’s rights movements who was considered both the grande dame of the civil rights era and its unsung heroine, died on Tuesday in Washington. She was 98.
Monday, April 19, 2010
In a nod to the rights of lesbian and gay couples, President Obama has ordered the nation's hospitals to allow patients to determine for themselves who has visitation rights and who can make medical decisions.
Janice Langbehn, 41, with three of her children: David 14, Danielle, 16, and Katie, 13. Langbehn,...
(Photo by DJ Bradley)
In a memo, Obama instructed the health and human services secretary to draft new rules for hospitals that receive federal Medicare and Medicaid payments.
The order gives LGBT partners the same visitation and health proxy rights that are enjoyed by immediate family members.
Most hospitals will now be banned from denying those privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Friday, April 16, 2010
What should institutions do to help elderly, gay clients?
James Estrin/The New York Times
Even now, at 81 and with her memory beginning to fade, Gloria Donadello recalls her painful brush with bigotry at an assisted-living center in Santa Fe, N.M. Sitting with those she considered friends, “people were laughing and making certain kinds of comments, and I told them, ‘Please don’t do that, because I’m gay.’”
Jalna Perry of Boston said her guard was always up in nursing homes.
The result of her outspokenness, Ms. Donadello said, was swift and merciless. “Everyone looked horrified,” she said. No longer included in conversation or welcome at meals, she plunged into depression. Medication did not help. With her emotional health deteriorating, Ms. Donadello moved into an adult community nearby that caters to gay men and lesbians.
So that is where Lisa Krinsky, the director of the L.G.B.T. Aging Project in Massachusetts, begins her “cultural competency” training sessions, including one last month at North Shore Elder Services in Danvers.
In the last two years, Ms. Krinsky has trained more than 2,000 employees of agencies serving the elderly across Massachusetts. She presents them with common problems and nudges them toward solutions.
“We need to be open and sensitive,” Ms. Krinsky said, “but not wrap them in a rainbow flag and make them march in a parade.”
This executive action is Amazing!!! Thank you, President Obama!!
Washington Post reports:
President Obama mandated Thursday that nearly all hospitals extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and respect patients' choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them, perhaps the most significant step so far in his efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans.
The president directed the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation
Huffington Post reports:
The designated visitors should have the same rights that immediate family members now enjoy, Obama's instructions said. It said Medicare-Medicaid hospitals, which include most of the nation's facilities, may not deny visitation and consultation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
The move was called a major step toward fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By GEOFFREY R. STONE
Constitutional law is not a mechanical exercise of just “applying the law.”
Monday, April 12, 2010
The highest correlates with subjective well-being are:
- r=.30 Personality traits, namely trust, emotional stability (neuroticism?), desire for control, hardiness, locus of control-chance (believing events happen by chance), and tension (experiencing negative emotions).
- r=.29 Affiliation (wanting to relate to others)
- r=.29 Perceived Control
- r=-.27 Neuroticism
- r=.25 Internal Locus of Control (crediting or blaming self for events that happen)
- r=.23 Social Desirability (responding in a manner one believes will lead to approval from others)
- r=.20 Sociability (relating well with others)
- r=.20 Extraversion
- Genetics also account for 80% of stable SWB
From Lucas, Richard E.; Fujita , Frank (2000). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 79(6), Dec, 2000. pp. 1039-1056.
- Extraversion (r=.38 and up to .80 when other variables controlled for)
- Conscientiousness (r=.20)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Informal research, for sure. But, an idea I find especially fascinating, since I like learning more about people, in general. I have tried something in this vein, myself, but did not keep track of the results as this person did. I think it's pretty interesting
NASW Re-Post: "Ethical Stress" -- April 15 Forum: Defending Patient Care Against External Pressures | NASW Press Room Blog
I'll be at the NASW-MA Symposium on this afternoon, but I am really interested in what's referred to in social work as "vicarious trauma" and "secondary trauma." Resources welcomed!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Using a sample of 25 children's responses about their favorite cereals. The comma delimited data set is available below.
1a. What percentage are males? Females?
61.54% are male, 34.62% are female. It looks like, in this data, that one gender value was coded as "1" which is a mistake, and which adds a value to the 25 to equal 26.
1b. Which cereal was preferred by most children?
Data File in comma delimited format:
Ghostly Shadows,crazy,squirt gun,M
Ghostly Shadows,Like,squirt gun,M
Ghostly Shadows,not part,squirt gun,M
Canary Crunch,not part,ring,M
Turtle Treats,crazy,squirt gun,F
Canary Crunch,not part,squirt gun,F
Turtle Treats,crazy,squirt gun,F
Canary Crunch,not part,squirt gun,F
Canary Crunch,don't know,ring,M
Ghostly Shadows,Like,squirt gun,F
Turtle Treats,crazy,can't decide,M
Turtle Treats,crazy,squirt gun,M
From CGH Systems Book:
- Overall Ideas: Positive Mental State: contentment, joy, overall satisfaction, positive mood, absence of negative mood, living according to true self (inner daemon). Bliss, power, knowledge, optimism. Feelings: self-esteem, hopefulness, capability, resilience/hardiness, decision-making ability, intrinsic motivation. NOT: sex, age, having children, location, race, income (these can be controlled for). Except for when there is extreme financial hardship.
- Predictors of Happiness: self-esteem, social support, efficacy, relatedness (feeling socially included), loving relationship with a spouse, personality traits such as extroversion and openness, community involvement, optimism, ack of neuroticism, spiritual or religious, autonomy, competence having goals and values, ability to adapt (change has a short impact), making progress, using effort, pursuing goals, lack of rumination, adequate resources, (Myers, 1992; Costa & McCrae, 1980; Heady & Wearing, 1992; Diener, Suh, Lucas, & Smith, 1999). Hardiness & Resiliency (Siebert, 1996)
- Positive Mental Health: ego strength, intrnisic motivation, optimism (Antonovsky, 1993; Maddi, 1999a, 1996b). Mental Health: feelings of vitality, subjective well-being, problem solving abilities, excercising control over environment and self, self-understanding and insight. Jung variables: psychic ingeration, wholess, or sense of self. Also, personality types. NF, SF, ST, NT types. Maslow: Self-actualization.