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PAX Scaling Up Logic Model

Nurturing Environments can achieve population-level protection of human developmental outcomes by richly reinforcing prosocial behavior, limiting problematic behaviors, reducing toxic influences, and increasing psychological flexibility widely in homes, schools and community settings. This is a case example of how to do so, based on multiple experimental tests and experiences.

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Prevent Tragic Police and Citizen Encounters

The current debate over the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner provides us a lens through which to view the broader problems of our juvenile and criminal systems. In both respects, we find ourselves focusing on what might be the proper “responses” to failings in these systems. As the debate moves from the streets to policy forums, the best focus for all concerned would be on preventing the need for a response as opposed to which response. While requiring police to wear body cameras and to receive better training, including training for proven community policing strategies, should reduce the incidences of tragedies arising from antagonistic encounters between police and citizens suspected of criminal activity, we can all conclude that it would be better for all concerned to prevent the need for a response in the first place.

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PAX Good Behavior Game Theory of Change

PAX GBG aims to and actually does—reduce, avert or prevent mental (cognitive), emotional, behavioral and related physical disorders as well as promote mental (cognitive), emotional, behavioral, and physical wellbeing—using previously proven building blocks required to bring about this long-term goal.

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How Can A Nurturing Environment Reduce Bias, Prejudice and Conflict Between Groups?

Human pro-sociality within groups (tribes, clans, etc.) evolved from threat from outside or other groups of humans. For us as a species, our gift of pro-social, nurturing behaviors evolved in context of external threats from the other. Since the invention of stone tools, humans became the principal predator of other humans, and other humans became our principal source of safety.

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The Nurture Effect of PAX: Is It Real?

Throughout Madison County, organizers of PAX GBG in Ohio are spreading its tools (called, evidence-based kernels) throughout the public square, as well as the schools. This is precisely what the sustainable logic model for PAX calls for.

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Can Nurturing Environments “Turn On” Protective Genes?

Yes, indeed, through a process called epigenetics. Chances are you’ve never heard of changes in gene expression, since most people were taught your genes are for life. Well, we do have our genes for life—but many of our genes change their expression based on our social interactions at home, at school or in the community. Many of the genes that change the most involve our brains.

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