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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Relationship Quality Affects Siblings' Mental Health, Risky Behaviors

Sep. 30, 2015 — The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children’s ... read more

Math and Me: Children Who Identify With Math Get Higher Scores

Sep. 30, 2015 — How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new ... read more

Stress Causes Infants to Resort to Habits

Sep. 30, 2015 — Under stress, people are inclined to resort to habits, rather than trying out new things. In a new article, psychologists report that this is true not only for adults, but also for ... read more

Identifying Youth as 'at Risk' for Mental Problems May Be Less a Stigma Than the Symptoms

Sep. 29, 2015 — Little is known about the potential harm inherent in labeling young people at risk for schizophrenia. A study finds that those identified as at clinical risk described feeling stigmatized by the ... read more

Kids Allowed to Be Kids Make Better Parents

Sep. 29, 2015 — Mothers who took on burdensome caregiving roles as children -- and weren't allowed to just 'be kids' -- tend to be less sensitive to their own children's needs, finds new ... read more

Pediatric Injuries from Toppled TV Sets: Risk Factors, Strategies for Prevention

Sep. 29, 2015 — After a thorough review of medical articles describing head injuries caused by toppled television sets in children, researchers assessed the risk factors associated with these events. Based on their ... read more

Childhood Stress Impacts Adult Health

Sep. 28, 2015 — A 45-year study of nearly 7,000 people born in a single week in Great Britain in 1958 found psychological distress in childhood -- even when conditions improved in adulthood -- was associated with ... read more

Do Mothers React to More Info About Chemical Risks? The Answer May Surprise You

Sep. 28, 2015 — Mothers who are pregnant or have young children would be expected to be more concerned about protecting their offspring from environmental risks that are reported most in the news, but a new study ... read more

The Citizen and the Embryo: Birth Weight Affects Social Trust, Danish Study Shows

Sep. 28, 2015 — Low birth weight is statistically correlated with low levels of social trust, a new study suggests. The findings deepen our understanding of what keeps society ... read more

Early Maturing Girls at Great Risk of Alcohol Abuse Without Close Parental Supervision

Sep. 28, 2015 — Inadequate parental supervision during early adolescence forecasts a host of behavior problems, including problem drinking. A new study reveals that early maturing girls given the most autonomy had ... read more

Children With ADHD and Their Mothers May Live Less Than Average Population

Sep. 28, 2015 — Brazilian scientists found that ADHD children and their mothers are more likely to have shorter telomeres, a hallmark of cellular aging, which is associated with increased risk for chronic diseases ... read more

Legal Drinking Age of 18 Tied to High School Dropout Rate

Sep. 28, 2015 — Although there have been calls to lower the legal drinking age from 21, a new study raises the possibility that it could have the unintended effect of boosting the high school dropout ... read more

Breaking the Anxiety Cycle

Sep. 25, 2015 — Children of anxious parents are at increased risk for developing the disorder. Yet that does not need to be the case, according to new research. Researchers tested a one-year therapy intervention in ... read more

'No Child Left Behind' Leaves Some Voters Behind

Sep. 24, 2015 — Assigning schools failing grades increases affluent voter turnout in local elections, a researcher finds. Affluent, white citizens who were already more likely to vote do so in significantly greater ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Over half of all pregnant women world-wide are at risk for malaria, but little is known about possible consequences for the neurodevelopment of children exposed to malaria in pregnancy. A new study ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Games used for exercising can improve physical and mental fitness in children with autism spectrum disorders, a new study concludes. As a way to combat a lack of physical activity, researchers ... read more

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Associated With More Pain and Worse Physical, Mental Health

Sep. 23, 2015 — Individuals who blame karma for their poor health have more pain and worse physical and mental health, according to a new study. Targeted interventions to counteract negative spiritual beliefs could ... read more

Increased Activity in Older Brains May Point to New Avenues for Treating Memory Loss

Sep. 22, 2015 — Scientists have examined activity in a little-studied part of the brain associated with memory and found for the first time the reason that neurons there become more active in old age, findings that ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Children are not as gullible as we might think -- and that's especially true for those who have a good understanding of what's going on inside someone else's head, new research ... read more

National School-Based Mental Health Intervention Improves Outcomes for at-Risk Students

Sep. 22, 2015 — A national school-based mental health program that is now reaching almost one quarter of all elementary school students in Chile appears to have produced significant improvements in both behavioral ... read more

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