Children and Teens News

Family-Focused Program Can Deter Dropping Out, Substance Use

October 27th, 2014
New research establishes that a family-focused intervention program leads to fewer drop-outs and lower rates of alcohol and illegal drug use. Prevention scientists at Arizona State University discovered that a family-oriented intervention for middle school Mexican American children was beneficial. "This is the first ...

Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that sleep difficulties, especially problems with falling asleep, are very common among toddlers and preschoolers treated for psychiatric disorders. These sleep difficulties are often underdiagnosed in children with behavioral and emotional issues, yet can greatly affect well-being, according ...

Report: School Bullying Still a Serious Problem

October 25th, 2014
Although enormous efforts have been made to increase anti-bullying legislation and to raise public awareness, school bullying is still one of the most urgent issues facing students, according to a report by researchers from Clemson University and Professional Data Analysts Inc. "Bullying continues ...

Parenting Style Impacts Teen Autonomy, Relationships

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests a controlling parenting style can hinder autonomy and relationship development among teens. Investigators at the University of Virginia believe their findings are important because the teenage years are a time to establish a healthy degree of autonomy and closeness in ...

Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

October 24th, 2014
A new study suggests music therapy may be used to reduce depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast found children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those ...

Teens’ School, Family Problems Tend to Spill Over for 2 Days

October 24th, 2014
A new study finds that teenagers can face negative mood and psychological issues for two days after a problematic incident at home or school. Researchers found family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. Moreover, the aftermath of ...

Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

October 23rd, 2014
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an assistant professor ...

Animal Therapy Can Ease College Stress

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms among college students following animal-assisted therapy. The study by investigators at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design is published in the Journal of Creativity ...

Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students

October 19th, 2014
Student field trips to live theater productions can lead to greater tolerance and empathy as well as increased vocabulary and enhanced knowledge of the plot, according to new research by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform. The study, published inEducation Next, ...

Toddlers with Low Empathy at Risk for Future Behavior Problems

October 19th, 2014
Toddlers who don’t feel guilty after bad behavior or who are less affectionate or less responsive to affection may be at risk for greater behavior problems by the time they enter first grade, according to a new study by the University of Michigan ...