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Grandparents Can Sway Parents’ Decision for More Kids

October 6th, 2014
A new European study discovers grandparents play a significant role in both a parent's decision to have additional children and the well-being of the grandchildren. As discussed in his doctoral dissertation, Antti O. Tanskanen, Ph.D., determined grandparents' assistance with child care and emotional ...

Family Meals Can Protect Against Obesity

October 6th, 2014
The quest to protect teens from obesity may be a simple as ensuring they sit down with the family for several meals a week. Public health experts say that over a third of all adult Americans are obese. According to the Centers for ...

Does Parent-Child Bond Mirror That of Owner-Dog?

October 4th, 2014
Everyone knows someone who treats their dog like one of their children. But how closely does that relationship mirror the parent-child relationship? That’s the question researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital set out to answer with their newest study, published in the open-access journal ...

Parent Coaching Shows Benefits for Autistic Kids

October 3rd, 2014
Coaching parents on ways to better interact and engage with a preschool-aged child with an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) is an intervention that benefits both child and parent. In a clinical trial, the "Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters" (PLAY) Project approach yielded improved ...

Full-Court Press Aims to Tame Mean Teen Girls

October 2nd, 2014
Relational aggression by adolescent girls can include gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion, and rejection. Recent media coverage of this behavior -- sometimes known as “mean girl” bullying -- has shown that this form of aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. University of Missouri researchers ...

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Family-Based Therapy Preferred for Teen Anorexia

September 28th, 2014
A new study shows that family-based therapies are twice as effective as individual therapy at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers. The study, which compares two different family-based therapies, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia ...

Autism Linked to Low Iron Intake in Pregnancy

September 28th, 2014
Mothers of children with autism are far less likely to have taken iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than mothers of typically developing children, according to researcers.. The research is the first to examine the relationship between maternal iron intake and having a child ...

Pregnancy Timing May Influence Risk of Autism

September 25th, 2014
New research suggests the spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were ...

Changing Harmful Social Norms to Combat Gender-Based Violence

September 24th, 2014
A new study discusses the challenge of developing effective strategies to change traditional, but inequitable and harmful community norms that can lead to gender-based violence. In the review, Georgetown University researchers acknowledge that gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls ...

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