“We are living in a reactive time where schools are adopting policies which have no evidence of protecting schools and can actually create more anxiety for staff and kids — hiding under desks, arming kindergartners with cans of food is the wrong direction,” said Nancy Rappaport, a part time associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard medical school. “Building safe communities is about creating caring relationships, anonymous tip lines and a culture where kids share their concerns.”
Describes three main causes of sexualized behavior in schools and presents strategies for intervention.
Rappaport N, Minahan J. “I Didn’t Mean To…”: Practical Suggestions for Understanding and Teaching Students with Sexualized Behavior. Phi Delta Kappan 2013 February: 21-26.
Explores the complex task of engaging immigrant adolescents with underlying psychopathology and their families in treatment through the use of a flexible, responsive approach.
Rajan R, Rappaport N. “When Can I See You Again?”: The Immigration Experience, Insecure Attachment and Psychotherapy. Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011, 1, 35-45.
Strategies for preventing and resolving conflict between families and schools.
Rappaport N. A Mindful Approach to Parent Conflict. American School Board Journal 2012 September: 20-21.
The authors discuss clinical and theoretical implications of longitudinal research looking at self-reflection in interview narratives of former adolescent psychiatric patients who are doing surprisingly well in young adulthood.
Barkai A, Rappaport N. A psychiatric perspective on narratives of self-reflection in resilient adolescents. Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011, 1, 46-54.
The suburban mom had done everything she could think of to help her 14-year-old daughter navigate the stormy waters of adolescence. She was alert, accessible and proactive, asking a million questions and calling in a professional counselor when the girl’s behavior and appearance grew troubling. And yet there she was, late one winter night in her Carol Stream home, watching her daughter twist a scarf around her own neck and threaten to commit suicide on the spot.
Every 15 minutes, there is another devastated family faced with the challenge of how to make sense of a tragic loss by suicide. In most cases, there are multiple causes that drive a young man like Junior Seau to shoot himself tragically in the chest.
Prosecutors in an alleged spy ring say they are Russian Citizens living in the U.S. as married couples. Four sets of parents raising seven children in school and college playing soccer, having school friends and carrying on relatively sheltered predictable lives. Now these children face the prospect of life with their parents in prison labeled as Russian spies.
Describes a four-year effort to introduce an advising program into an urban public high school.
Rappaport N. An advising program in a large urban high school: the magic match. In: Esman AH, Flaherty L, Horowitz H, editors. Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 24. London: The Analytic Press; 1999 p.109-117.
Like many other public school principals, Barbara Boyle of the Graham & Parks School near Porter Square wondered how to better assist struggling students – particularly immigrant children who are constantly playing the catch-up game.