Bullying Prevention through Empathy Article Released by Birminghammaple.com

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The Metro Detroit therapists at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Michigan released an article that highlights the importance of parents to teach empathy to prevent their kids from becoming bullies or exhibiting bullying behavior. It also delves into the biological basis of bullying, and presents the evidence of declining empathy among middle and high school boys.

The Metro Detroit therapists at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Michigan released an article that highlights the importance of parents to teach empathy to prevent their kids from becoming bullies or exhibiting bullying behavior. It also delves into the biological basis of bullying, and presents the evidence of declining empathy among middle and high school boys.

Lori Edelson, Clinical Director of the Birmingham Maple Clinic, first gave this advice in an interview with Fox 2 News Detroit, stating, “We need to educate [potential bullies and their families] about the importance of empathy, and we need to elevate that importance to the importance of getting good grades and being the star of the football team.” Since then, several other psychologists have echoed similar messages about sympathy in interviews and appearances for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

The article, citing research from The Wall Street Journal, describes how empathy has both a biological and environmental basis; while the extent of a child’s empathy is partially genetic, parental guidance and social education also plays a great role in children understanding empathy when they are younger.

Click here to read the full article: http://www.birminghammaple.com/11810/bmc-blog/bullying-prevention-where-is-the-empathy/#.UnfQ4RDJORQ.

Throughout October, Birmingham Maple Clinic had a focus on bullying and related issues, such as teen depression and adolescent depression in Michigan. Birmingham Maple Clinic staffs several family and child counselors that specialize in dealing with issues such as bullying and adolescent depression, both of which are prevalent issues currently in the national spotlight. Birmingham Maple Clinic's parental counselors offer private sessions, workshops, and seminars for victims of bullying and their parents in Metro Detroit, and parents can sign up for a consultation via the form on their website.

About Birmingham Maple Clinic:
Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for over 40 years, providing services for individuals, families, couples, the community, and groups. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com.

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