Children and Teens News

Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

November 20th, 2014
New research suggests kids who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression. Both genders are at risk, although depression typically develops differently in girls than in boys, said University of Illinois researchers. "Investigators believe their findings show that early ...

Family Rules Help Kids Learn to Eat Healthy, Stay Active

November 18th, 2014
New research provides timely suggestions to help parents guide their children to a healthy lifestyle. Indiana University investigators found that setting specific family rules about healthy eating and sedentary behavior actually leads to healthier practices in children. Alyssa M. Lederer, doctoral candidate and associate ...

Cookie Monster Helps Kids Learn Self-Control

November 17th, 2014
An innovative study has determined that watching the Sesame Street video featuring the Cookie Monster can help children improve their executive skills. Deborah Linebarger, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, discovered that when a group of preschoolers watched videos of ...

Brain Imaging Shows What Puts Teens at Risk for Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2014
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an ...

Computer Game Can Detect Classroom Bullies

November 15th, 2014
A new computer game has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois that is able to identify bullies in elementary classrooms and help experts better understand peer aggression, whether it occurs online or in-person. The game has an advantage over traditional ...

Moms Better at Helping Girls Develop Emotional Skills

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests the conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content than the conversations they have with their sons. Investigators surmise this learned emotional sensitivity will aid females as gender equity expands in the workforce. UK ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...

Mother’s Education Key to Child’s Academic Success

November 11th, 2014
New research suggests the amount of education a woman has along with having children later in life are key predictor’s of a child’s success in adulthood. Sandra Tang, Ph.D, a University of Michigan psychology research fellow and the study's lead author, said that ...

Boys Who Bully More Likely to Sexually Harass 2 Years Later

November 9th, 2014
Middle-school boys who bully their peers are 4.6 times more likely to commit sexual harassment two years later, and those who participate in homophobic teasing are 1.6 times more likely to do the same, according to a new study by the University ...

Cliques More Common In Schools that Offer Options

November 7th, 2014
New research studies high school cliques and how school size and openness to choice affects the shape of adolescent social networks. The networks, or cliques are not a new fad as sociologists have been studying their role for decades. The groupings are ...