Jean Mercer

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This article considers the appropriate legal and ethical response to those whose advocacy of "alternative" or unvalidated therapies places people at risk of harm. What are our professional responsibilities with respect to such advocacy, and what sorts of harm will justify government intervention?
Physicians caring for adopted or foster children should be aware of the use of coercive restraint therapy (CRT) practices by parents and mental health practitioners. CRT is defined as a mental health intervention involving physical restraint and is used in adoptive or foster families with the intention of increasing emotional attachment to parents. Coercive(More)
IN THE POLICY FORUM “CHINA’S FORESTRY REFORMS” (7 DECEMBER 2007, P. 1556), G. Wang and colleagues describe laudable steps to improve forest management and increase wood production in China. However, they fail to even mention China’s burgeoning consumption of imported timber—much of it illegally harvested—and its profound implications for Chinese forestry(More)
A. DIAMOND AND K. LEE’S REVIEW “Interventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4 to 12 years old” (special section on Investing Early in Education, 19 August, p. 959) leaves the impression that martial arts training as usually delivered enhances executive functions. This is far from established. Martial arts training is a(More)
The term "regression" refers to events in which an individual changes from his or her present level of maturity and regains mental and behavioral characteristics shown at an earlier point in development. This definition has remained constant for over a century, but the implications of the concept have changed systematically from a perspective in which(More)
Emery otto, and O'Donohue (2005) diseussed the foundations of non-attachment-related child custody evaluations • (CCEs) and concluded that they had a limited scientific basis. Other authors (e.g., Isaacs, George, & Marvin 2009) have suggested the possibility of using attaehment theory and attachment measures for CCE purposes Thi¡ pape reviews cnt.c.sms of(More)
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