Raising a Moral Child

What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests that when parents praise effort rather than ability, children develop a stronger work ethic and become more ...

Apr 24

Categories: Child Development

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1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why?

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD - a 30 percent increase in just ...

Apr 21

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Can Shy Children grow up to be Anxious adults?

Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls - "Emma" - has clearly taken ...

Apr 19

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development

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Early Intervention May Reduce Adults' Aggressive Behavior

A decade-long education program aimed at teaching children self-regulation and other healthy cognitive techniques is showing results in reducing aggressive behavior when the schoolchildren become adults, according to new research published in the ...

Apr 16

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child Development

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Does Porn Hurt Children?

Starting late last year, Internet service providers in Britain made "family-friendly filters," which block X-rated websites, the default for customers. Now any account holder who wants to view adult material needs to actively opt in - effectively ...

Apr 14

Categories: Child Development

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Stress Alters Children's Genomes

Growing up in a stressful social environment leaves lasting marks on young chromosomes, a study of African American boys has revealed. Telomeres, repetitive DNA sequences that protect the ends of chromosomes from fraying over time, are shorter in ...

Apr 14

Categories: Child Development, Stress Management

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Children Suffer Mentally and Physically From Astounding Levels of ...

According to new research, too much homework is associated with academic stress, a lack of balance in children’s lives and even physical health problems. The new study into 4,317 students at 10 high-performing US high schools questions whether ...

Apr 8

Categories: Child Development

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Is inflated praise for your child a bad thing?

When you've done something good, or performed a task well, it feels great to get some praise for it. And parents and teachers, especially in Western cultures, are encouraged to dole out praise to children in an increasingly generous manner. A ...

Apr 7

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Violent Video Games May Increase Aggression in Kids after all

Violent video games really do boost aggressive behavior in children, according to a new study. Even after accounting for parental involvement, gender, age and other factors, psychologists at Iowa State University, Ames, linked habitually playing ...

Apr 1

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child Development

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Neurobiologists find chronic stress in early life causes anxiety, ...

This week, a research team led by Associate Professor Grigori Enikolopov of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) reports online in the journal PlOS One the results of experiments designed to assess the impacts of social stress upon adolescent mice, ...

Mar 31

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Anxiety, Child Development, Stress ...

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Why antisocial youths are less able to take the perspective of others

Adolescents with antisocial personality disorder inflict serious physical and psychological harm on both themselves and others. However, little is yet known about the underlying neural processes. Researchers at the University of Leiden and the Max ...

Mar 15

Categories: Antisocial personality, Child Development, Teenage Issues

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Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers

A new study has found that the children of older fathers have a much greater risk of serious mental illness. The findings come from a huge number of people: everyone born in Sweden between 1973 and 2001. The researchers included over 2.5 million ...

Mar 6

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children - such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia - according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) ...

Feb 18

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism spectrum ...

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How accurate is child mental health screening at four years?

Research from the University of Adelaide shows that although mental health screening of children at ages 4-5 can help to predict mental health problems in future years, only a quarter of children can be accurately identified with such screening.

Feb 15

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Can having a savings account for your child promote positive ...

A college savings account in a child’s name not only gives parents hope for the future, it also results in improved social-emotional health for their children. The study, led by Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for Social Development ...

Feb 4

Categories: Child Development

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