A study by psychology professor Lindsay Schenkel and undergraduate student Danielle Burnash indicates that the incidence of maltreatment, including neglect and physical and sexual abuse, is more than 25 percent higher among deaf and hard-of-hearing children than among hearing youths. The research also shows a direct correlation between childhood maltreatment and higher rates of negative cognition, depression and post-traumatic stress in adulthood. The study, presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, is one of the first to compare childhood maltreatment between deaf and hearing children. For more information go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=48054.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded two 2011 humanities project grants to RIT. One was awarded to the Wallace Center to improve the storage of nearly 2,000 19th and 20th century posters that are part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, which tracks graphic design in America. A second was awarded to Benjamin Lawrance, the Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Relations, to support an investigation of modern slavery in Africa through the study, Africa's Stolen Childhood: The Illegal Enslavement of African Children in the 19th and 20th Centuries. For more information go to www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=48092.