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Youth Pastors Challenged by Adolescent Mental Health Issues

November 5th, 2014
Adolescence is a time in life when mental health issues often lead youth to seek counsel from college and youth pastors. The pastors can either provide assistance or steer youths elsewhere to obtain help. However, new research discovers many of those pastors feel ...

Kids’ Beliefs About Soul, Afterlife Persist as Adults

November 4th, 2014
A new study finds that what we believe as children about the soul and afterlife influences our beliefs as adults. Researchers reviewed if our ingrained opinions (implicit belief) changes and if our ingrained thoughts are different from our contemporary or explicit beliefs. “My starting ...

Canadian Study: Rates of Mental Illness Steady in Children and Teens

November 4th, 2014
A large study of Canadian youth discovers symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents do not appear to be increasing. The finding, as published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), suggests a different mental health trajectory compared to some media reports. "Popular media ...

Short, Fun Exercise Sessions Improve Class Behavior

November 3rd, 2014
A new Canadian study shows that brief bouts of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students. Researchers found that a brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a “FUNterval,” for second grade and fourth grade students reduced off-task behaviors like ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...

Parenting Style Probably Does Not Raise IQ in Children

October 31st, 2014
The ability to improve intelligence by environmental manipulation remains a subject of considerable debate. New research explores if a parents interactions with their child can help boost the child’s intelligence. For example, does reading bedtime stories, engaging in ...

Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

October 30th, 2014
Use of a group setting to train parents on autistic therapy appears to be a beneficial method to improve language skills in their autistic children. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that parents can ...

Pets Help Military Kids Build Resiliency

October 30th, 2014
Researchers believe strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. Defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change, resiliency is acquired with practice, over time. But military children must adapt to ...

‘Social Host’ Laws Shown to Work in California

October 29th, 2014
In a new study, researchers found "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their property have reduced the number of teenage weekend drinking parties. Over the years, a variety of such laws have been enacted in many U.S. states and ...

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age ...