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Editor's e-Note
Of the many populations that are often overlooked in our culture, incarcerated older adults may be among the most forgotten. This month’s E-News Exclusive features the research of two social work professors who, through semistructured interviews, studied older adults, both male and female, from various racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds at four Pennsylvania state correctional institutions. Read about their findings and what social workers can learn from these individuals who have been through so many life-altering experiences.

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e-News Exclusive
Growing Old in Prison
By Charlene Lane, PhD, LCSW-R, and Michele Bratina, PhD

There are typically negative connotations surrounding the words inmate, convict, and prisoner. Individuals who are incarcerated are often perceived as the recalcitrant of our society.

A recent collaborative study conducted by Charlene Lane, PhD, LCSW-R, and Michele P. Bratina, PhD, from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania departments of social work and gerontology, and criminal justice, respectively, elucidated the value of the lives of older adults who have been incarcerated for more than 20 years at four Pennsylvania state correctional institutions. There is a great deal that is still not understood about the phenomenon of growing old in prison.

Older adults interviewed believe they are a population forgotten by the larger society because they are not only old, but are also considered deviants.

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Neurotransmitter in Brain Linked With Autistic Behavior
Using a visual test that prompts different reactions in autistic and nonautistic brains, scientists have linked a specific neurotransmitter in the brain with autistic behavior that they believe could offer new information on diagnosing and treating the disorder. Learn more »

Project Helps Women Veterans With
Postpartum Depression in Rural Areas

A researcher is working with the VA in developing a pilot program to provide female veterans living in rural areas with a tool to help cope with postpartum depression. Learn more »
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Minority Mental Health Gap On Campus
According to The Wall Street Journal, researchers have found undertreatment of mental health conditions in nonwhite students because of cost, poor availability, and stigma.

Penn State Senior Class Gift Will Go to Support
Mental Health Services at the University

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Penn State senior class will donate what could be as much as $250,000 for an endowment to support mental health services at the university.

Study Seeks to Find Answers to Alarming Suicide Rate
According the Boston Herald, Massachusetts General Hospital has launched a massive online initiative to study mental health, hoping to determine why people are taking their own lives, and also serve as a support network for people battling mood disorders.

Despite Parity Law, Advocacy Group Study Finds
Mental Health Care Still Lagging

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on a study by Mental Health America that finds accessing mental health services is still difficult for many Americans.
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