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Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores

January 9th, 2015
A new study confirms that it is worth a parents effort to ensure that their school-aged child receives a good nights sleep. Researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal found that sleep quality and duration are ...

Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Drinking Practices

January 9th, 2015
Emerging research finds parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can significantly influence adolescent drinking behaviors. University of Buffalo psychologist Craig Colder discovered consistent and sustained parental attitudes can make a difference in a child's use of alcohol. This ...

Spoils of War May Include More Wives and Children

January 4th, 2015
A new study from Harvard University shows that there may be a biological benefit to violent conflict. The study found that among members of an East African herding tribe, those who engaged in violent raids on neighboring tribes had more wives, leading to ...

Preschoolers Should Practice Writing Before Entering a Classroom

January 3rd, 2015
Parents should encourage their preschoolers to begin writing very early, even before they enter a classroom setting, according to new research published in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly. The study reveals how early writing -- especially when it occurs before any formal education ...

Preterm Birth Can Impair Contextual Memory

January 2nd, 2015
New research has discovered that children born prematurely show differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory -- the ability to form and retrieve memories about context, such as what, when, and where something happened. This type of memory is important, but ...

Pets Improve Autistic Kids’ Social Skills

December 31st, 2014
[video width="640" height="360" mp4="http://g.psychcentral.com/news/u/2014/12/Children-with-Autism-Who-Live-With-Pets-Are-More-Assertive-sm.mp4"][/video] A new study shows that children with autism have stronger social skills when there’s a pet living in the home. Previous research has focused on how dogs can improve autistic kids’ social skills, but the new research shows that any ...

Parent Suicide Attempts Linked to Increased Risk in Kids

December 31st, 2014
A new study has found that a suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly fivefold that a child would attempt suicide. For the study, David A. Brent, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his colleagues followed the children ...

Quality of Parent-Infant Relationship Linked to Teen Anxiety

December 29th, 2014
The quality of parent-infant relationships can predict social anxiety in adolescence, according to a new study. Infants who are not securely attached to their parents often grow up to be inhibited children who develop anxiety problems, especially social anxiety, as they get older, ...

Teens Successful at Losing Weight Do It For Their Own Sakes

December 28th, 2014
A new study reveals that teens who are successful at losing weight do it more for their own sakes rather than to impress their peers or please their parents. "Most parents have the view that their teen is largely influenced by other people's ...

Fast Food Tied to Slower Academic Growth

December 26th, 2014
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their ...

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