August 4, 2016
Tagged: Center for Health Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences, Adelphi University, Department of Sociology

How to Create Compassionate Communities

News, In The News

by Amanda Hayman '17
Jessie Klein, Ph.D.

Jessie Klein, Ph.D., associate professor

What does it take for communities to heal from violence and mistrust? It’s a pressing question, especially given recent events in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge. In an interview with a  reporter from the online magazine, LifeZette, Jessica Klein, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Adelphi University and author of author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools (NYU Press, 2013), addressed the need to create a “culture of caring” in schools and communities.

“Since the 1980s, social isolation has tripled and depression and anxiety have multiplied 10 times,” Dr. Klein told LifeZette. “Depression and anxiety affect youth at much younger ages and empathy has plummeted. My work aims to help young people move away from the destructive, often hurtful competition for popularity, and instead develop relationships that are caring and trusting.”

Dr. Klein founded Creating Compassionate Communities at Adelphi in 2015 in collaboration with Adelphi’s Center for Health innovation (CHI). Through the program, which is part of CHI’s Graduating a Healthy High School Class of 2035 initiative, Dr. Klein works with educators, social workers, criminal justice professionals, local businesses, nurses and others interested in building strong social bonds by increasing capacity for empathy in the community.

» Read the LifeZette article.

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Tagged: Center for Health Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences, Adelphi University, Department of Sociology