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Hardwired to Connect: The Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities

Posted 2003-10-28

This report, issued by the Commission on Children at Risk, jointly sponsored by the YMCA of the USA, Dartmouth University Medical School and the Institute for American Values, asserts that current high rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other behavioral disorders among American youth stem primarily from a lack of connectedness, both to other people and to moral and spiritual meaning. The report provides scientific support for the aim of restorative practices: to build community and meaningful relationships.