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Full-Court Press Aims to Tame Mean Teen Girls

October 2nd, 2014
Relational aggression by adolescent girls can include gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion, and rejection. Recent media coverage of this behavior -- sometimes known as “mean girl” bullying -- has shown that this form of aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. University of Missouri researchers ...

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Family-Based Therapy Preferred for Teen Anorexia

September 28th, 2014
A new study shows that family-based therapies are twice as effective as individual therapy at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers. The study, which compares two different family-based therapies, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia ...

Autism Linked to Low Iron Intake in Pregnancy

September 28th, 2014
Mothers of children with autism are far less likely to have taken iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than mothers of typically developing children, according to researcers.. The research is the first to examine the relationship between maternal iron intake and having a child ...

Pregnancy Timing May Influence Risk of Autism

September 25th, 2014
New research suggests the spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were ...

Changing Harmful Social Norms to Combat Gender-Based Violence

September 24th, 2014
A new study discusses the challenge of developing effective strategies to change traditional, but inequitable and harmful community norms that can lead to gender-based violence. In the review, Georgetown University researchers acknowledge that gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls ...

Oregon Program Breaks Up School Day with Brief Exercise

September 24th, 2014
A new survey finds that an exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity to the daily routine of elementary school students was very popular with both students and teachers, and offered clear advantages for overly sedentary educational programs. Called “Brain Breaks,” the DVD ...

Just 1 in 4 ADHD Kids Gets Drugs Plus Psychotherapy

September 23rd, 2014
A new independent study finds that at best, only one-quarter of children treated with medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also receive psychotherapy. RAND Corporation researchers reviewed utilization patterns among children with commercial insurance and discovered psychotherapy intervention is far lower in many parts of the ...

‘Tiger Moms’ May Scar Kids

September 23rd, 2014
A new paper suggests the strict Chinese parenting style advocated in a controversial 2011 book may do more harm than good. University of California, Riverside, researchers discovered a parenting style that advocates less support and more punitive parent techniques might lead to low ...

Omega Fatty Acids in Breast Milk Tied to Kids’ Academic Performance

September 20th, 2014
The amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother's milk is the strongest predictor of children’s academic performance, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USCB), and the University of Pittsburgh. The research, published in ...

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