Pediatric Obesity and Depression Connected in the Brain

Early-life obesity and depression may be driven by shared abnormalities in the brain regions that process rewards, according to researchers.

May 23

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Depression


School-Based Yoga Can Help Children Better Manage Stress and Anxiety

Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school helps third-graders exhibiting anxiety improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a new study.

May 16

Categories: Anxiety, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Stress Management


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Improve Emotion Regulation in ...

Recent research has found that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help children with autism manage not just anxiety but other emotional challenges, such as sadness and anger.

May 14

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


Overdose Risk Factors in Youth with Substance Use Disorders

A study has identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults, some of which include the use of alcohol, cocaine or amphetamines and histories of depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

May 12

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues


Extended Adolescence: When 25 Is the New 18

It is a common grumble that teens try to grow up too fast – no more! New research suggests that teenagers are less likely to engage in adult activities such as having sex and drinking alcohol, and the explanations for this phenomenon are ...

Oct 31

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, ...


Peer Influence Increases the Risk of Teen Smoking by Twofold

A recent meta-analysis suggests that peer influence increases the risk of smoking in teenagers by twofold. Differences in the power of influence were also found between collectivist and individualistic cultures.

Aug 23

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Smoking Cessation, Teenage Issues


Martial Arts Participation Reduces Aggression in Children and Teens

Martial Arts is associated with aggressive behaviour, hence it sounds contradictory that participation in the sport reduces aggression. However, this forms a core basis of many forms of martial arts, which emphasises the importance of self-control.

Aug 10

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage ...


Helping kids understand frightening events

Stop, look, and listen.

May 25

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Post Traumatic ...


3 Reasons Why "13 Reasons Why" Isn't Getting It Right

The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" follows high-school student Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind cassette tapes that explain 13 reasons she took her own life. The show has garnered mass attention amongst teens, but not necessarily ...

May 16

Categories: Bullying, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Depression, Suicide ...


Children with autism may be over-diagnosed with ADHD

Current measuring tools for ADHD may not work for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatric researchers report that children with ASD may mistakenly be diagnosed with ADHD because they have autism-related social impairments rather than ...

Dec 29

Categories: Adult ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity ...


Family Intervetion effective for children

Psychologists have found that children and adolescents with major depression or subthreshold forms of bipolar disorder - and who had at least one first-degree relative with bipolar disorder - responded better to a 12-session family-focused treatment ...

Dec 28

Categories: Bipolar, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Family Problems, Mood Swings ...


Why Toddlers with Autism Avoid Eye Contact

Science has long debated whether meeting another's gaze feels unpleasant or just uninteresting. A new study has lent support to one side of the debate with the finding that toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, ...

Dec 20

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or ...


Can you spot a psychopath in the making?

It's always comforting to think that people can change if they're given the right conditions. If, as the philosopher John Locke suggested, we are all born as "blank slates," any writing on these slates that occurs early in life should be modifiable. ...

Nov 29

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...


Do students know what's good for them?

Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. Obviously, we learn best when motivated and when learning is fun. Allowing us to explore our curiosity is a way to allow both. However, putting the trajectory of ...

Nov 19

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage Issues


Does a "Bad Apple" Spoil the bunch?

Siblings bear majority of the responsibility for the spread of problem behaviors. Identifying the exact nature of that influence has proven difficult, because behavior problems in siblings can also be traced to friends, shared genetics and shared ...

Nov 17

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Family Problems