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Study: Playing video games generally not harmful to boys' social development
A new longitudinal study conducted in Norway looked at how playing video games affects the social skills of 6- to 12-year-olds. (2019-04-23)
Parents using both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes may be more motivated to quit
A study by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers finds that parents who use both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes may be more receptive to smoking cessation interventions than parents who only smoke traditional cigarettes. (2019-04-22)
Screen time associated with behavioral problems in preschoolers
A new Canadian study of more than 2,400 families suggests that among preschoolers, spending two hours or more of screen time per day is linked to clinically significant behavioural problems. (2019-04-17)
Maternal gestational diabetes linked to diabetes in children
Children and youth of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk of diabetes themselves, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-04-15)
National poll: Most parents concerned about safety of teens using ride-sharing services
As teens prepare to leave home for college or live on their own in a new city, many may also be using ride-sharing services for the first time -- and that raises safety concerns for many parents -- a new national poll suggests. (2019-04-15)
Assessment tool of children's environments can help predict optimal development outcomes
A paper published by Darcia Narvaez and her colleagues at the Notre Dame Family Life Project in Sage Open highlights how taking a snapshot of a young child's experience over a week, as reported by a parent, is predictive of child outcomes. (2019-04-15)
Lack of awareness of inequality means we penalize those who have least money
People can automatically assume that someone who gives less money to charity is less generous, according to new research. (2019-04-12)
Digital parent training for child's disruptive behavior successful in primary health care
A program developed for the early detection of children's disruptive behavior and low-threshold digital parent training intervention was successfully transferred to child health clinics in primary health care, shows a new Finnish study. (2019-04-12)
Evolution from water to land led to better parenting
The evolution of aquatic creatures to start living on land made them into more attentive parents, says new research on frogs led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. (2019-04-10)
To lower childhood obesity, don't sugarcoat the facts about sweet drinks
A new study at Columbia University suggests that giving pregnant women and new mothers the facts about the health risks of drinking sugary beverages may help reduce childhood obesity. (2019-04-09)
Parental behaviour affects the involvement of children in cyberbullying
The information analysed by this group of researchers came to another conclusion: when parenting practices are not very suitable, it seems that the probability increases that the children might be victimised or involved in the double role of aggressor/victim, while in the case of girls, when they are treated in this way, they tend to be cyber-aggressors. (2019-04-05)
A 'million word gap' for children who aren't read to at home
Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. (2019-04-04)
Interparental aggression often co-occurs with aggression toward kids
Parents in the midst of a psychologically or physically aggressive argument tend to also be aggressive with their children, according to researchers at Penn State. (2019-04-04)
Children should help choose the charities their schools and families support
Children as young as four should be given more autonomy to help choose the charities their schools and families support, according to new research from the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. (2019-04-04)
Integrating infant mental health into the neonatal intensive care unit
Psychotherapists attend to mental health needs of NICU families, specifically focusing on the developing relationship between babies and parents. (2019-04-03)
Government and NHS leaders could do more to encourage collaborative relationships between healthcare
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a briefing note outlining the factors that can contribute to disagreements between parents and healthcare staff about the care and treatment of critically ill babies and young children. (2019-04-03)
Research brief: Largest study of childhood cancer after IVF
University of Minnesota researchers conducted the largest study of childhood cancer after conception by IVF to date. (2019-04-01)
Lurie Children's offers kids virtual escape from intensive care unit
For the first time in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), patients get a chance to scuba dive, snowboard, and go on a safari or other adventures, all from their hospital bed. (2019-03-27)
Parental support linked to how well millennials transition to college life
Researchers show that how well parents or guardians support millennials' psychological needs prior to their transition to college is an important predictor of their psychological well-being as they adapt to college life. (2019-03-26)
Does story time with an e-book change how parents and toddlers interact?
Traditional print books may have an edge over e-books when it comes to quality time shared between parents and their children, a new study suggests. (2019-03-25)
Giving intravenous therapy to children at home is costly, lowers parents' quality of life
When treating patients, doctors sometimes overlook how their decisions impact a world they never see: a patient's home life. (2019-03-25)
Mothers of fussy babies at higher risk of depressive symptoms
As FDA approval of the first postpartum depression drug hits the news, study looks at how infant fussiness and a baby's level of prematurity may influence the severity of maternal depressive symptoms. (2019-03-25)
More children could mean higher risk of heart disease
Public health researchers report that, in a national survey of 25,000 participants, 30 percent of parents who said they had five or more children had a heart condition. (2019-03-25)
Study highlights power of play
Through simple games and day-to-day tasks, parents can help their children learn self-regulation, a skill considered essential for success, a University of Otago, New Zealand, study has found. (2019-03-21)
Does 'pay-to-play' put sports, extracurricular activities out of reach for some students?
Students from lower income households experience twice the rate of non-participation in sports and extracurricular activities than peers. (2019-03-18)
Holocaust survivors with PTSD transmit negative views on aging to their adult offspring
A new study provides first evidence that negative views on aging are transmitted in families of Holocaust survivors suffering from PTSD. (2019-03-18)
Simple directions from parents can guide children's discovery
Whether it's probing a child's understanding of a topic through questions or engaging in hands-on activities alongside them, parents can guide their children to learn in new ways through simple directions, according to a study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. (2019-03-14)
'Virtual focus groups' uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Dartmouth College have harnessed the power of social media to understand differences in attitudes and behaviors about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among hundreds of thousands of parents living in rural and urban areas. (2019-03-13)
Families and schools may play key roles in promoting adolescent self-confidence
Self-confidence is critical for teens as they prepare for the challenges of adulthood, and both families and schools may together play a vital role in boosting adolescents' confidence even in the face of difficulties with family, according to researchers. (2019-03-13)
Report examines origins and nature of 'math anxiety'
A report out today examines the factors that influence 'math anxiety' among primary and secondary school students, showing that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child's development of the condition, and that girls tend to be more affected than boys. (2019-03-13)
FSU researchers discover a novel protein degradation pathway
A Florida State University research team how a type of protein that is embedded in the inner nuclear membrane clears out of the system once it has served its purpose. (2019-03-12)
Study finds that parents often permit e-cigarette use in homes and cars with children
A study led by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers, the first to examine parents' rules about prohibiting both electronic cigarette and regular cigarette use in homes and cars, shows that parents who use e-cigarettes -- whether or not they also smoke traditional cigarettes -- were much more likely to permit e-cigarette use inside both homes and cars than parents who smoke only traditional cigarettes (2019-03-11)
Mobile devices don't reduce shared family time, study finds
The first study of the impact of digital mobile devices on different aspects of family time in the UK has found that children are spending more time at home with their parents rather than less -- but not in shared activities such as watching TV and eating. (2019-03-11)
Research suggests adoption assessment tool lags behind societal changes
A UBC researcher says a tool to assess potential adoptive parents does not meet the needs of lesbian, gay or gender minority adults. (2019-03-08)
Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked disease
Study examines families' functioning when a child is diagnosed with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis. (2019-03-07)
Why the brain can be blamed for children unknowingly being left to die in a hot car
Study explains the psychological and neural basis of how responsible people can fail to remember to do something in the future, creating the potential to make a fatal error. (2019-03-05)
The grassroots revolution making it normal for children to 'play out' again
Children's physical activity levels are at an all-time low, with only one in five children getting the minimum recommended one hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical exercise. (2019-03-05)
Intervention with at-risk infants increases children's compliance at age 3
Children who are maltreated often develop problems complying with directions and expectations of parents and other authority figures. (2019-02-28)
New wireless system 'cuts the cord' from newborn patient monitoring approaches
A new, less invasive system for monitoring the vital signs of some of the world's most fragile patients -- infants born pre-term or with debilitating disease -- would allow parents skin-to-skin contact with these children when they otherwise couldn't have it. (2019-02-28)
Some personal beliefs and morals may stem from genetics
Penn State researchers found that while parents can help encourage their children to develop into responsible, conscientious adults, there is an underlying genetic factor that influences these traits, as well. (2019-02-25)
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