child development

Postpartum Depression Spans Generations

Postpartum Depression Spans Generations

Exposure to social stress impairs a mother’s ability to care for her children and can negatively impact her daughter’s ability to provide maternal care for future offspring, a new study shows.

Mothers Behavior during Playtime Linked to Young Children’s Engagement with Them

Mothers Behavior during Playtime Linked to Young Children’s Engagement with Them

Researchers discovered that mothers’ directiveness in play varies based on the children’s ages and the mothers’ ethnicities. The more directive the mothers were during play, the less engaged children were with them and the more negative emotion the children displayed toward their mothers.

Maternal Depression Affects Language Development in Babies

Maternal Depression Affects Language Development in Babies

Maternal depression and a common class of antidepressants can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children’s Hospital.

Childhood Epilepsy: Study Finds Boys At Greater Risk Of Developing Psychiatric Disorders

Childhood Epilepsy: Study Finds Boys At Greater Risk Of Developing Psychiatric Disorders

While it has previously been reported that children with epilepsy have a greater risk for developing psychiatric disorders and behavioral problems; a new study has identified that gender plays a great role in determining the potential development of specific problems. Girls, the study suggests, are more inclined to develop emotional problems, while their male counterparts faced a greater risk for developing hyperactivity and attention deficits.

Spare The Rod, Talk To The Child

Spare The Rod, Talk To The Child

It is hard to deal with toddler temper tantrums, any parent will tell you that. New research suggests the way a parent reacts to their child’s temper tantrum might cause prolonged behavioral problems as the child develops. This is especially true for little boys.

Is There A Link Between Early Stress And Mood Disorders In Adulthood?

Is There A Link Between Early Stress And Mood Disorders In Adulthood?

New psychological research from Concordia University has been performed to investigate the link between childhood stresses and later onset of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. The researchers discovered higher levels of Cortisol within test subjects from families with a history of mental disorders. However, researchers stated that the test subjects from “at risk” families might not go on to develop mood disorders of their own.

Binge Drinking Damages The Teenage Mind

Binge Drinking Damages The Teenage Mind

New research suggests heavy alcohol use in teens can detrimentally affect neural development. Researchers have concluded that binge drinking can negatively disrupt normal developmental processes, leading to problems with learning and social adjustment in the long term. The study also discovered that increased use of alcohol can result in a decrease in attention and executive function. Additionally, increased marijuana use was discovered to decrease memory performance.

Early Intervention Program For Children Could Prevent Antisocial Behavior Later In Life

Early Intervention Program For Children Could Prevent Antisocial Behavior Later In Life

Psychologists have developed an intervention program aimed at children as young as 3, which could assist in preventing antisocial behavior later in life. Additionally, initial reports from the first year of this program’s study states an 86% reduction in symptoms such as shyness, depression and social isolation for the children who participated.

Parents Admit To “Forgetting” How To Play With Children

Parents Admit To “Forgetting” How To Play With Children

A new report by Professor Tanya Byron suggests that parents have forgotten how to play with their children. Additionally, a third of parents interviewed for the study who do actively attempt to take part in family activities find them boring, with one in ten parents considering family play-times a waste of time.

Early Intervention Can Help Reduce Delinquency In Disadvantaged Children

Early Intervention Can Help Reduce Delinquency In Disadvantaged Children

New research suggests that early intervention and treatment could help to reduce delinquency in disadvantaged children.