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.

Early Drinking Influences Alcohol Addiction in Adulthood

It is fairly common to hear parents talk about the need to teach their children how to drink responsibly.  Apparently, many people assume that responsible use of alcohol at home will be projected to youth as they get older. This is a dangerous assumption. Recent research has focused on the connection between the age when…

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Family Connectedness

Adolescent risk behaviors have been a focus of research for many years as scientists try to understand what influences are important, and what can be done to prevent risks.One focus of recent literature is the impact of family connectedness on teenage health.Research tells us that family connectedness has a positive influence on adolescent risk behaviors…

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Statements That are Signs of Suicide

This is the second of two posts addressing this subject with information from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.A teenager who is planning to commit suicide may complain of being a bad person or feeling rotten inside, give verbal hints with statements such as:

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Teenage Suicide Risk is Real

Teenage suicide is not a pleasant topic to consider, but it is necessary. This is the first of two posts addressing this subject with information from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the…

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Know How to Use Social Media Yourself!

The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. This blog report is from that AAP web site:Be aware of the ages of use for sites your tweens and older elementary school kids want to use, including game sites such as…

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Monitoring Your Kids Social Media Use

The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. This blog report is from that AAP web site:Share a bit about your daily social media (SM) use as a way to facilitate daily conversation about your kids’ online…

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Sexting among Youngsters

The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. Because the issue of sexting has become a concern to parents, communities and legal authorities, we felt that a specific set of recommendations should be listed addressing this important issue. This blog report is…

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Social Media Use by Youngsters

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has designed a website giving recommendations to parents about monitoring their children’s use of social media. This blog report is from that AAP web site. Today’s teens and “tweens” are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation. Recent data suggests that…

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Social Media – Some Kids Start Too Young

A recent report from the journal Pediatrics discusses benefits and risks of youngsters using social media. This blog report will discuss the issue of the very young singing onto social media sites.Many parents know that 13 years is the minimum age for most social media sites but they don't understand why. There are 2 major…

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Some Risks of Children and Adolescents Using Social Media

A recent report from the journal Pediatrics discusses benefits and risks of youngsters using social media. This series of posts discuss those risks and benefits. This information comes directly from the report.Researchers have proposed a new phenomenon called “Facebook depression,” defined as depression that develops when preteens and teenagers spend a great deal of time on…

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