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Sleeping in school
Up to 10 percent of children starting school suffer from sleep disturbances and these may lead to poor performance or behavioral difficulties. In the current edition of Deutsches Aerzteblatt International, the child and adolescent psychiatrist Gerd Lehmkuhl and his colleagues present the results of a study from Cologne, Germany. (2008-12-03)

Child sleep problems linked to later behavioral difficulties
Children who sleep less may be more likely to report symptoms of anxiety, depression and aggression later in life, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a theme issue on children and sleep. (2008-04-07)

Warm handoffs do not improve attendance at behavioral health intake appointments
In programs that integrate behavioral health services into primary care, 'warm handoffs,' in which primary care clinicians introduce patients to behavioral health professionals, are commonly used. Researchers at Boston Medical Center have found that warm handoffs are not associated with improved attendance at behavioral health intake appointments. (2018-07-10)

Early childhood behavior predicts adolescent alcohol and drug use
Children's ability to control their behavior and to adapt their self-control to external demands has been found to predict the onset of alcohol and illicit drug use in adolescence. This study tracked 514 children of alcoholics and a control group from ages 3-5 to ages 12-14 and measured their ability to control their behavior and their resiliency. Adolescents with higher resiliency in early childhood were less likely to start drinking at a young age. (2006-07-13)

Prenatal cocaine exposure not linked to bad behavior in kids
University of Florida researchers found that disruptive behaviors in children actually seem to be linked more closely to maternal depression than prenatal cocaine exposure. (2006-05-01)

School absenteeism and early behavioral problems in kindergarten
At least 5 percent of children and adolescents in Germany are in need of psychiatric treatment. Diagnostic investigation for behavioral problems is indicated in another 10 percent to 18 percent. Two articles in Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International go into the questions of what interventions help children who are avoiding school, and whether providing support for social and emotional skills can improve prosocial behavior in preschool children. (2015-10-14)

Head start for migraine sufferers
For severe migraine sufferers, psychological treatments build on the benefits of drug therapy, according to a new study by Elizabeth Seng and Dr. Kenneth Holroyd from Ohio University in the US. Their comparison of the effects of various treatment combinations for severe migraine -- drug therapy with or without behavioral management -- shows that those patients receiving the behavioral management program alongside drug therapy are significantly more confident in their ability to use behavioral skills to effectively self-manage migraines. (2010-09-02)

Helping toddlers understand emotion key to development
The simple parenting strategy of helping toddlers understand emotion may reduce behavioral problems later on, finds a federally funded study led by a Michigan State University researcher. (2015-09-01)

NSF-funded psychologist available to explain why people do the Y2K-related things they do
Many people are making behavioral choices about their finances, careers and lifestyles that they think will protect them from any possible Y2K-related negative effects. (1999-06-21)

Developmental and behavioral problems can plague children with asthma
Much of the research surrounding childhood asthma has sought new approaches to managing the disease. However, little was done to address other conditions that often appear along with asthma including depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research completed at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital asserts that until these extra conditions or (2007-04-12)

Study links success in adulthood to childhood psychiatric health
Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, according to research from Duke Medicine. (2015-07-15)

Internet source of behavioral health information, not counseling
A national survey of commercial health plans has found that most plans provide online information regarding mental health and substance abuse but few provide clinical services such as counseling via the Internet. The nationally representative health plan survey, published in Psychiatric Services, and led by Dr. Constance Horgan at Brandeis University, is one of the first to examine the prevalence of health plan-sponsored online resources for behavioral health. (2007-02-28)

What are the long-term causes and consequences for the young homeless?
According to recent studies, more than half of the world's 6 billion people live in cities, many in overcrowded and ramshackle dwellings, lacking basic services, such as safe water and adequate sanitation. An additional 100 million are homeless. The US and Canada are not immune to these problems and it is their children who suffer the most. (2008-02-05)

Study shows impact of emotionally healthy fathers when mothers' poor mental health affects children
A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study points to the important role fathers play in their children's emotional and behavioral health. (2004-08-02)

The 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress held at Cornell University, Aug. 10-14
The congress features a wide variety of human and animal behavior talks and poster sessions, including plenary sessions on sexual selection and mating systems; the behavioral ecology of fertility decline in humans; kinship, cooperation and population structure in social birds; spider sociality; and the amazing sensory ecology of moles and shrews. (2008-06-24)

In Teens, Poor Social Skills Signal Emotional And Behavioral Problems
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that how well or poorly a young person interacts with family and peers, participates in school, and controls behavior can reveal the presence or absence of psychiatric disorders. Social role dysfunction can also help indicate whether a teen's psychiatric problems will be acted out as behavior problems or turned inward to cause emotional difficulties. (1998-05-27)

Collective violence and poverty on the Mexican-US border affects child mental health
Collective violence attributed to organized crime and poverty are adversely affecting the mental health of children living near the Texas-Mexico border, according to a poster presented Oct. 19 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. (2012-10-19)

Exposure to family violence especially harmful to previously abused children
Researchers conducted a study with a racially diverse sample of 2,925 children ages 5 to 16 years that found that the types of violence that abused children were later re-exposed to lead to specific types of psychological problems. Previously abused children who witnessed family violence, such as partner-on-partner abuse or adult-on-child abuse, had more symptoms of depression and anxiety, while those subjected to harsh physical discipline were more aggressive and more frequently broke rules. (2008-09-16)

US teens adopted as infants appear to have moderately increased odds of mental health problems
Although most adopted American teens are psychologically healthy, adoptees appear to be at greater risk for emotional and behavioral problems than non-adoptees, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. They are also more likely to have contact with a mental health professional. (2008-05-05)

New study challenges links between day care and behavioral issues
Researchers from the US and Norway studied 75,000 Norwegian children and found no evidence that time spent in child care leads to behavioral problems. (2013-01-17)

Parent training can reduce serious behavioral problems in young children with autism
A multi-site study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health finds young children with autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral problems respond positively to a 24-week structured parent training. The benefits of parent training endured for up to six months post intervention. (2015-04-21)

Food insecurity has greater impact on disadvantaged children
In 2016, 12.9 million children lived in food-insecure households. These children represent a vulnerable population since their developing brains can suffer long-term negative consequences from undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that among these vulnerable children, food insecurity had a greater impact on behavior problems in young children of single mothers living in urban neighborhoods. (2018-06-26)

Insured patients have limited access to behavioral health care
This article is published in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link will go live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Bradley Hospital finds sleep difficulties common among toddlers with psychiatric disorders
John Boekamp, Ph.D., clinical director of the Pediatric Partial Hospital Program at Bradley Hospital recently led a study that found sleep difficulties -- particularly problems with falling asleep -- were very common among toddlers and preschool-aged children who were receiving clinical treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. The study, titled 'Sleep Onset and Night Waking Insomnias in Preschoolers with Psychiatric Disorders,' is now published online in the journal Child Psychiatry & Human Development. (2014-10-23)

Cocaine-exposed children subject to stereotyping
Trained research assistants, unaware of a child's history, cannot tell the difference between a 4-year-old who was exposed to cocaine before birth and one who was not, according to a new research. (2002-10-11)

US, Great Britain share risk factors for child behavior problems
New research from North Carolina State University shows that the United States and Great Britain share common risk factors that increase the likelihood of behavioral problems in children -- and that Britain's broader social welfare programs don't appear to mitigate those risks. (2012-05-16)

School-wide interventions improve student behavior
New report finds that certain types of school-wide behavior programs significantly reduced children's aggressive behaviors and improved problems with concentration and emotional regulation. (2012-10-15)

Behavior problems in preschool and child care centers may be an issue of genes
A new study suggests that some children may be genetically predisposed to developing behavioral problems in child care and preschool settings. Previous research has found that some children develop behavior problems at child care centers and preschools, despite the benefit of academic gains. It was never known, however, why some youngsters struggle in these settings and others flourish. The new study indicates that some children may be acting out due to poor self-control and temperament problems that they inherited from their parents. (2013-10-24)

New study reveals impact of eating disorders on Native-Americans
Scientists in Connecticut have carried out one of the first psychological studies into eating disorders in Native-American populations. The research, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, provides new insights into the extent to which Native-American populations experience eating disorders, revealing that women are more likely to report behavioral symptoms then men, while challenging views that NA men and ethnically white men will experience different psychological symptoms. (2011-01-06)

Study links maternal obesity during pregnancy to behavioral problems in boys
Maternal obesity and child neurodevelopmental problems have both increased in the US and scientists have suggested a possible link. A new study has found that the heavier mothers were when they entered pregnancy, the higher the risk of behavior problems for their sons. However, it did not show the same effects in girls. The results are reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2017-07-13)

Study finds significant number of kids experience family homelessness
Researchers found that 7 percent of fifth-graders and their families have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives and that the occurrence is even higher -- 11 percent -- for African-American children and those from the poorest households. These children were significantly more likely to have an emotional, behavioral or developmental problem were more likely to have witnessed serious violence with a knife or a gun; and were more likely to have received mental health care. (2009-07-27)

Early age of first drink likely symptom, not cause, of alcoholism
Early drinking is likely not the cause of alcoholism, but rather a symptom of an underlying predisposition to alcoholism and other behavioral problems. Further, an early age of first drink (AFD) runs in families, and early AFD appears to be heritable in males. (2001-08-14)

Interpersonal Violence Leads To More Use Of Health Services; Range Of Problems Arises In Future Years, Researchers Find
Victims of rape and other interpersonal violence are more likely than non-victims to develop health problems and to increase their use of health care services in future years. Researchers report that report that the average use of health care increased 18 percent the first year after a rape, 56 percent the second year. (1997-09-05)

Study strengthens link between tobacco smoke and behavioral problems in boys with asthma
Boys with asthma who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke have higher degrees of hyperactivity, aggression, depression and other behavioral problems, according to researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In a study posted online ahead of print by the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the researchers said behavioral problems increase along with higher exposure levels, but they added even low levels of tobacco smoke may be detrimental to behavior. (2008-12-04)

Effects of maternal smoking continue long after birth
Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new Yale-led study has found. The finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder. (2016-05-30)

Training Urged For Mothers Of Children With Cancer
Health researchers are urging special training in problem- solving skills for mothers who are raising children with cancer -- not only for themselves and the children who are ill, but to help resolve emotional and behavioral problems in their healthy children as well. (1997-08-08)

Alzheimer's Disease Patients May Benefit From Muscle Relaxation
Simple muscle relaxation techniques may help people with Alzheimer's disease control some behavioral problems associated with the disorder while improving their mental performance, according to a new study by an Ohio University researcher. (1998-05-21)

Integrating behavioral health services into medical practices faces barriers
Many people do not receive treatment for their mental health problems because of a shortage of providers and lack of access to mental health services, but one solution is to integrate mental health treatment into medical care. A new study finds that integrating behavioral health services into physician medical practices faces cultural and financial barriers, but providing technical support and improved payment models may enhance the long-term sustainability of the approach. (2020-06-02)

Food insecurity: A threat to the developmental and psychosocial health of children
Household food insecurity (FI) (without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, even for a temporary period), is associated with children's behavioral, academic and emotional problems beginning as early as infancy. These findings, based on a review of previously published research, appear in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. (2017-02-01)

Some temper tantrum styles may be associated with clinical problems in preschool children
Temper tantrums are common among preschool children 3 to 6 years of age. Although these tantrums can range in duration and intensity, many parents often worry whether tantrums are also symptoms of more serious problems. A study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that certain types of tantrums may indicate serious emotional or behavioral disorders. (2007-12-19)

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