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Stress May Underlie Teen Girls’ Risk of Depression

October 10th, 2014
While adolescence often brings a mixed bag of emotional events, new research suggests girls have more interpersonal challenges, increasing their risk for depression. Temple University researchers believe frequent exposure to stressful events causes girls to ruminate, or overly contemplate their emotional affairs, which ...

Kids’ Eating Problems Could Warn of Mental Issues

October 10th, 2014
A new study warns parents that childhood eating problems could predict underlying psychological issues. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that eating disorders can appear before puberty. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Toddlers Detect Emotion, Change Behavior Accordingly

October 8th, 2014
New research discovers the capabilities of a toddler greatly exceed what many adults believe is possible. The study by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) finds that children as young as 15 months are able to detect adult emotions and use the ...

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

Most Experts, Parents, Pediatricians Agree Violent Media Fuel Aggression in Kids

October 7th, 2014
A national study finds that a sizable majority of media researchers and parents, and the vast majority of pediatricians, generally agree that exposure to violent media can increase aggression in children. Ohio State University researchers found a broad consensus in the belief that ...

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 ...

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