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A new longitudinal study looked at how youths' self-concepts are linked to their actual academic achievement in math and reading from middle childhood to adolescence. The study found that students' self-concepts of their abilities in these two academic domains play an important role in motivating their achievements over time and across levels of achievement.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 6:40 pm
Lack of motivation or boredom with school isn't to blame for squirming by children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Symptoms such as fidgeting, foot-tapping and chair-swiveling are triggered by cognitively demanding tasks - like school and homework. But movies and video games don't typically require brain strain, so the excessive movement doesn't manifest.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 7:52 am
Most parents are sure schools would be able to provide basic first aid but are less confident about a school's ability to respond to more complex health situations, such as an asthma attack or mental health problem.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 6:38 pm
A lack of sleep is associated with more absence and teens turn up jet lagged to school on Mondays, as shown in new research.
Posted: September 16, 2017, 2:18 am
A new study found immigrants reported fewer potentially health-harming adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, violence, or divorce, than native-born Americans. The findings suggest immigrants may experience different forms of stress early in life than do those born in the United States.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 7:22 pm
The Asking Saves Kids (ASK) campaign is effective in increasing parents' comfort level in asking if there is a gun where their child plays, according to research.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 7:22 pm
Almost half of parents whose children were admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit experienced postpartum depressive symptoms, anxiety and stress when their newborns were discharged from the hospital.
Posted: September 15, 2017, 7:22 pm
Researchers have confirmed that abnormalities in a common brain chemical are linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Posted: September 15, 2017, 6:35 am
New research identifies a potential biomarker that predicts atypical development in 1- to 2-month-old infants at high versus low familial risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Posted: September 13, 2017, 1:18 am
The source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity seen in the brains of preterm babies, which are vital for healthy development, has been identified by a team of researchers.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 7:01 pm
Concussion in teenagers increases the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in later life. However, there is no association with MS for concussion in younger children.
Posted: September 10, 2017, 4:07 am
The use of antidepressants during pregnancy increases the risk of your child being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder later in life, a study of almost one million Danish children shows. However, heritability also plays a part, according to the researchers.
Posted: September 7, 2017, 8:54 pm
Preschool children in joint physical custody have less psychological symptoms than those who live mostly or only with one parent after a separation. In a new study of 3,656 children, researchers show that 3–5-year-olds living alternately with their parents after a separation show less behavioral problems and psychological symptoms than those living mostly or only with one of the parents.
Posted: September 7, 2017, 8:13 pm
White matter structural changes in children correspond to severity of autistic traits, a brain imaging study shows.
Posted: September 6, 2017, 11:26 pm
Testosterone levels are a key factor in a family's health and happiness after a newborn arrives. Researchers have found that a drop can signal postpartum depression in dad, and a spike may be a sign of aggression.
Posted: September 6, 2017, 12:25 am
A gene has been identified by researchers that is thought to be associated with the types of brain damage that can be caused by pre-term birth.
Posted: September 5, 2017, 8:14 pm
Around 75 percent of children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have sleep problems, but until now these have been thought to be separate issues. Now a in a pulling together of the latest research, Scientists are proposing of a new theory which says that much of ADHD may in fact be a problem associated with lack of regular circadian sleep.
Posted: September 4, 2017, 7:04 pm
Children who read and write at home -- whether for assignments or just for fun -- are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a new article
Posted: August 31, 2017, 7:51 pm
Children sleep more poorly if their mothers suffer from insomnia symptoms – potentially affecting their mental wellbeing and development - according to new research. Nearly 200 school kids and their parents were studied, results indicating that children whose mothers have insomnia symptoms fall asleep later, get less sleep and spend less time in deep sleep. There appeared to be no link between fathers’ insomnia symptoms and children’s sleep.
Posted: August 31, 2017, 7:03 pm
Children who live full time with one parent are more likely to feel stressed than children in shared custody situations. The benefit holds regardless of the level of conflict between the parents or between parent and child.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 7:12 pm
Children from unintended pregnancies tend to experience more depressive symptoms in early adulthood than children from intended pregnancies, however there's little evidence of a causal relationship. The association between fertility intentions and depressive symptoms is more likely due to the mother's socioeconomic background and the accompanying lack of access to resources and services, research indicates.
Posted: August 30, 2017, 2:16 am
Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 10:15 pm
Researchers found that inattentiveness in childhood was linked to worse academic performance up to 10 years later in children with and without ADHD, even when they accounted for the children's intellectual ability. The results highlight the long-term effects that childhood inattention can have on academic performance, and suggest that parents and teachers should address inattentiveness in childhood.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 7:20 pm
Parents and siblings of children with limited speech who took an innovative training program significantly improved their ability to communicate with the special needs youth, outlines a new report.
Posted: August 29, 2017, 7:20 pm
People tend to adjust behaviors across their lifespans as they adopt new roles – such as marriage or parenting – that are incompatible with prior behaviors. The transition to parenthood appears to be particularly relevant for women, leading to a reduction in alcohol consumption. This study of maternal alcohol use is the first to focus on age at transition to motherhood as a predictor of trajectories of risky drinking during a 17-year span.
Posted: August 24, 2017, 4:23 am
Researchers have found that maternal authoritativeness and warmth helps to protect against psychological distress and mental health symptoms in children exposed to war. The results suggest that combining emotional support and warmth with discipline and openness to negotiation could be an effective way to protect children from emotional trauma following violent conflict.
Posted: August 23, 2017, 6:39 pm
A new study sought to identify factors that predict infants' avoidance and resistance, looking specifically at how mothers respond physiologically and emotionally to their infants' distress.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 6:52 pm
What parents are most worried about as their children prepare to head back to school.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:26 pm
Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree: Teens shouldn't start school so early. Yet recent research finds parents are split almost down the middle on whether they support delays in school start times that might permit their 13- to 17-year-olds to sleep later on school days.
Posted: August 18, 2017, 9:28 pm
Expectant mothers may want to consider adopting today's trend towards stress management, in light of new research pointing to its ability to lower the risk of problematic behavior in their offspring. Researchers found that mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress during pregnancy have kids who are more than twice as likely to have chronic symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct disorder.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:31 pm
Raising the minimum wage by $1 per hour would result in a substantial decrease in the number of reported cases of child neglect, according to a new study.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:19 pm
Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 9:35 pm
There is no major difference in the gender identity development of children raised by same-sex parents compared to those adopted by heterosexual couples. The toys that children prefer to play with in their preschool years are much more tell-tale about whether they will grow up to conform to typical gender norms.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 7:21 pm
Case report on a 10-month-old infant who inadvertently ingested ketamine. The paper offers detailed clinical information and unusual MRI findings.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 7:21 pm
Premature birth, which affects one in 10 US babies, is associated with altered metabolite profiles in the infants' cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance, a team of researchers reports.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 7:21 pm
A novel new experiment to test how aware babies are of their bodies’ internal signals has been developed by researchers. The ability to consciously sense signals from your body is called interoception, and some people are more aware of these signals than others. These differences between people can influence a wide range of psychological processes, including how strongly you feel emotions, your decision-making, and mental health.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:10 pm
Positive parental teamwork is key to promoting healthy child development, but when mothers have stronger opinions than fathers about how to tend to their infants in the middle of the night, the coparenting relationship can suffer, says a group of researchers.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:03 pm
Pregnant women who are diagnosed with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia appear to be at risk of delivering their babies before reaching full term, according to an analysis of California births.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 3:53 am
For babies every moment is a new experience -- until the infant brain organizes the flood of stimulations. It has to save new information in its long-term memory, aggregate similar experiences and categorize them. Therefore, one thing seems to be crucial: sufficient sleep. Researchers have now discovered that babies can even associate them with meanings the first time -- much earlier than supposed.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 12:29 am
The extent to which we prioritize work versus family life may be shaped by our childhood experiences in the family home, according to a study.
Posted: August 9, 2017, 12:25 am
Scientists report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age efficiently and accurately process two languages.
Posted: August 8, 2017, 1:21 am
Media portrayals of pregnant, postpartum women unrealistic, women said in a new study. Exposure to unrealistic images and messages fostered a host of negative emotions, such as self-consciousness about their bodies and feelings of depression, frustration and hopelessness when they were unable to lose weight as rapidly after childbirth as celebrities purportedly do.
Posted: August 8, 2017, 12:56 am
Computer analysis of oxygen levels in the blood during sleep could -- by itself -- provide an easy, relatively inexpensive and sufficiently reliable way to determine which children who snore habitually could benefit from a diagnosis and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This approach was most accurate for children with severe apnea.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 11:01 pm
Intergenerational relations include various forms of help and support but also tensions and conflicts. Although relations with in-laws are the subject of many anecdotes and proverbs across cultures, they remain little studied in contemporary societies. A new study investigates how being a parent is associated with conflicts between family generations.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 7:44 pm
Hemiplegic cerebral palsy hampers movement in one side of a person's body. In the first genetic study of its kind to exclusively focus on those with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a group of researchers has investigated the genetic differences and hereditary factors involved in this neurodevelopmental condition.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 7:29 pm
Taking a combination of opioids (strong prescription painkillers) and psychotropic medications (widely used to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression) during pregnancy is associated with a greater risk of drug withdrawal in newborns, finds a study.
Posted: August 3, 2017, 5:42 am
Early intervention services for children with disabilities or developmental delays are focused on being family centered and are ideally conducted in the home setting. Even so, fathers — custodial or noncustodial — are often left out of the process.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 1:32 am
Researchers have discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience improvements in their own depression, emotion regulation.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 10:42 pm
For infants with skull flattening related to sleep position, starting helmet therapy at a younger age, especially before 24 weeks, increases the treatment success rate, suggests a study.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 5:16 am
Physical discipline experienced during infancy can negatively impact temperament and behavior among children in the fifth grade and into their teenage years, new research indicates.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 2:10 am
Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence, and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the following day, according to a new study. Those behaviors, especially increased soda consumption, are important predictors of weight gain.
Posted: August 1, 2017, 2:10 am
The calls of new-born mice draw the attention of their mother. A group of neuronal cells in the brain stem, which coordinate exhalation and tension of muscles in the larynx is essential for this process. Without these cells, the mice are mute. The cries of human babies may well depend on similar connections, which could also be impaired in speech disorders.
Posted: July 31, 2017, 9:17 pm
Researchers found significant improvement in the quality of parenting among mothers who participated in a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based parenting intervention while also in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
Posted: July 27, 2017, 10:36 pm
Social dominance, and the dynamic it creates, may be so naturally ingrained, researchers say, that toddlers as young as 17 months old not only can perceive who is dominant, but also anticipate that the dominant person will receive more rewards.
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:26 pm
Behind the chubby cheeks and bright eyes of babies as young as 8 months lies the smoothly whirring mind of a social statistician, logging our every move and making odds on what a person is most likely to do next, suggests new research.
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:26 pm
Do very-preterm or very-low-weight babies develop anxiety and mood disorders later in life? Researchers have concluded a study to answer this question.
Posted: July 27, 2017, 9:26 pm
Children growing up in societies that experience high levels of gender inequality -- irrespective of whether these are developed or developing countries -- are more likely to be maltreated. This is according to a cross-national analysis of data from 57 countries worldwide.
Posted: July 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Contrary to public perception and many media accounts, women and men report similar levels of work-family conflicts, both in the form of work interfering with family and family interfering with work, according to research.
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:59 pm
Researchers reported their latest brain research on ADHD in a scientific journal targeting -- and peer-reviewed by -- children.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
A pattern of escalating marijuana use in adolescents is linked to higher rates of depression and lower educational accomplishments in adulthood.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:06 pm
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