Gary Hopkins

Gary L. Hopkins, MD, DrPH, MPH is currently an associate research professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he is also associate director of the Institute for Prevention of Addictions, Director of the Center for Prevention Research and Director of the Center for Media Impact Research. He is also on the faculty of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Gary holds doctorates both in Medicine and Public Health and a Master of Public Health Degree with an emphasis in International Health. He has extensive experience in international research. His current research includes a study designed to measure the impact of the Internet on families in the Pacific Northwest and also how drugs are impacting the lives of youth in North Idaho with an emphasis on methamphetamine use. Gary presented his research findings in approximately 65 countries where he works with communities and governmental agencies to design effective programs to prevent high-risk behaviors among adolescents. He has written two books encouraging faith communities to become involved in community-based prevention along with many scholarly publications. He serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Adolescents Who Harm Themselves

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry defines self-injury among adolescents as, “Self-injury is the act of deliberately destroying body tissue, at times to change a way of feeling.” Self-injury is seen differently by groups and cultures within society. This appears to have become more popular lately, especially among adolescents. The causes and severity…

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Social Media and Kids

Keep the computer in a public part of your home, such as the family room or kitchen, so that you can check on what your kids are doing online and how much time they are spending there.

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Intensive mobile phone use affects young people´s sleep

Young adults who make particularly heavy use of mobile phones and computers run a greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress, and mental health problems.“Public health advice should therefore include information on the healthy use of this technology,” says researcher Sara Thomée, a doctoral student. Sara and her research colleagues at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska…

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Why You Should Read with Your Kids

The web site EarlyMoments.com has posted an excellent description of why reading to children is so valuable. We all know reading to our kids is a good thing, but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to reading? Here are some benefits that highlight the…

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Many Youth Regret their First Sexual Experience

Statistics regarding youth and their sexual behaviors frequently appear in the media, and there is a huge amount of research reported on this topic. A recent article on the topic indicates that youngsters who engage in sex might experience regret following their sexual experience.

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Adolescent Obesity

Obesity is clearly a problem that has huge implications not only on the present health of those affected, but on their future health as well. Many researchers have examined the basis of this problem and how to correct it.With a prevalence approaching 20% in the United States, adolescent obesity has become a common problem for…

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Smoking During Pregnancy Associated with Tobacco Dependence Among Offspring

An interesting study recently reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry asks the critical question of whether smoking during pregnancy is linked with smoking behaviors among children born to smoking mothers. There is already an abundance of research highlighting the problems faced by  the babies of smoking mothers; this is a new twist.

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Beware of Internet Gambling in Your Home

With the availability of online games of chance, gambling is on the rise in the U.S. Gambling on the Internet is largely an unregulated industry. According to the U.S. National Gambling Impact Study Commission, established by Congress in 1997, more than 1,300 online casinos rake in more than US $650 million dollars a year. The gambling…

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Beware of Excessive Computer Use by Your Chrildren

Over the past year I have been conducting statistical analysis on many different items that are related to the health of youth. One area of interest to me has been whether excessive internet use might be associated with the mental health of young people.I obtained a database from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of Idaho,…

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Tobacco Use

An estimated 440,000 people die from smoking - related causes each year in the United States. Nearly all smoking - related deaths occur after the age of 35, but the majority of adults who smoke began during adolescence. Eighty - two percent of adults who smoke started smoking before age 18, and virtually no adult…

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