The Science of Fatherhood: Why Dads Matter

For decades, psychologists and other researchers assumed that the mother-child bond was the most important one in a kid's life. They focused on studying those relationships, and however a child turned out, mom often got the credit — or ...

Jun 22

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


Exposure to high pollution levels during pregnancy may increase risk ...

Women in the U.S. exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It ...

Jun 19

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development


Sibling aggression linked to poor mental health

Fights between siblings – from toy-snatching to clandestine whacks to being banished from the bedroom – are so common they’re often dismissed as simply part of growing up. Yet a new study from researchers at the University of New Hampshire ...

Jun 19

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development


5 Tricks to Stop Yelling at Our Kids

Sometimes kids just don't listen! But yelling rarely works. So Doctor G has a few things to try before (or after) the screaming ...

Jun 5

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting


Aggressive behaviour linked specifically to secondhand smoke exposure ...

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to grow up to physically aggressive and antisocial, regardless of whether they were exposed during pregnancy or their parents have a history of being antisocial, ...

May 23

Categories: Addictions, Child Development


1 in 10 teens using ‘study drugs,’ but parents aren’t paying ...

As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a “study drug” — a prescription stimulant or amphetamine — to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of ...

May 22

Categories: Addictions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child ...


Mice, Men, and Fate

Almost fifteen years ago, in a book called “Chance, Development, and Aging,” the gerontologists Caleb Finch and Thomas Kirkwood described a truly elegant study of biology: a batch of roundworms, all genetically identical, raised on identical ...

May 17

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development, Individuation


Why parents should leave their kids alone

Many parents' reasons for using controlled crying can be summed up in one word: work. Parents who want "routines" are keen on controlled crying, says Gina Ford, a famous British advocate of the system, and she comments that babies who have been ...

May 9

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


Early Math and Reading Ability Linked to Job and Income in Adulthood

Math and reading ability at age 7 may be linked with socioeconomic status several decades later, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The childhood abilities predict ...

May 9

Categories: Child Development, Learning Difficulties


Traumatized moms avoid tough talks with kids, study shows

Mothers who have experienced childhood abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences show an unwillingness to talk with their children about the child’s emotional experiences, a new study from the University of Notre Dame shows.

May 7

Categories: Child Development, Parenting, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / ...


Reading wordless storybooks to toddlers may expose them to richer ...

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that children hear more complex language from parents when they read a storybook with only pictures compared to a picture-vocabulary book. The findings appear in the latest issue of the journal ...

Apr 30

Categories: Child Development


What is Face Blindness and it's impact

Imagine not being able to recognise your own child at nursery or even pick out your own face from a line-up of photos. This is just how severe face blindness, or prosopagnosia, can be. "In extreme cases, people might withdraw socially - become ...

Apr 6

Categories: Child Development, Social Anxiety / Phobia


Children with sleep apnea have higher risk of behavioral, adaptive ...

A new study found that obstructive sleep apnea, a common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), is associated with increased rates of ADHD-like behavioral problems in children as well as other adaptive and learning problems. "This study provides ...

Apr 2

Categories: Child Development, Learning Difficulties, Sleep Disorders


Arguments in the Home Linked With Babies' Brain Functioning

Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies' brains process emotional tone of voice, according to a new study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The ...

Mar 26

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia ...

Research from the University of North Carolina has shown that children at risk of developing schizophrenia have brains that function differently than those not at risk. Brain scans of children who have parents or siblings with the illness reveal a ...

Mar 25

Categories: Child Development, Schizophrenia