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  • A policy maker’s imperative:

    Diverting young people away from criminal justice, not punishing them

    A new blog article by Iain Brennan and Ajima Olaghere, authors of a new (soon to be published) Campbell systematic review, contributes evidence that policy makers can expect slight reductions in future delinquent behavior among low-risk youth when police officers initiate and steer youth away from formal processing through techniques such as diversion, diversion with services, and restorative cautions.

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  • New Policy Brief:

    Effects of sentencing policy on re-offending
    Campbell's fourth Policy Brief summarizes evidence from 12 systematic reviews in the Campbell Library which examine nearly 400 studies about sentencing in the criminal justice system. Overall, the evidence shows that recidivism by offenders given non-custodial sentences is no higher, if not lower, than those given custodial sentences.

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  • Three-part webcast series

    Equity and methods in Campbell systematic reviews
    The Center on KTDRR at American Institutes for Research (AIR) has produced a series where participants will learn how to incorporate people with disabilities into systematic review planning as well as Campbell's standards, methods, and guidelines for conducting systematic reviews.These webcasts are intended to provide a brief (7-10 minute) introduction into the topics of the presentation.

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  • Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018

    22-24 October, Melbourne, Australia
    GEIS 2018 is a global event for funding and implementing agencies, policy makers, practitioners, knowledge brokers and researchers committed to the generation and implementation of evidence for better policy and practice. GEIS participants come from a broad range of sectors – child welfare; social welfare; education; health; humanitarian aid, international development, crime & justice, and environment & climate change.

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Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) for improving health, quality of life and social functioning in
A Systematic Review and meta-analysis' by Michael de Vibe, Arild Bjørndal, Sabina Fattah, Gunvor M Dyrdal, Even Halland, and Emily E Tanner-Smith.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is used to improve health, quality of life and social functioning. MBSR has a positive effect on mental health outcomes measured right after the intervention and at follow up. It also improves personal development, quality of life, and self-reported mindfulness.

What is this review about?

Stress and stress-related mental health problems are major causes of illness and disability. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a group-based health promotion intervention to improve health and the way people deal with stress and life’s challenges. The core ingredient is mindfulness training through physical and mental exercises practiced daily for eight weeks. The mindful non-judgmental attitude of being present with what arises is practiced in the formal exercises and in everyday situations.

This review assesses the effect of MBSR programs on outcome measures of mental and physical health, quality of life and social functioning in adults. 

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