child psychology

Psychosomatic Symptoms Linked With Physical Abuse In Children

Psychosomatic Symptoms Linked With Physical Abuse In Children

Researchers in Sweden have uncover a link between psychosomatic symptoms, such as aches, pains and sleep disorders in children and physical abuse. The report states that the level of reporting psychosomatic symptoms rose in children who were not only physically abused, but who also witnessed intimate partner violence at home.

Teens With Depression More Likely To Be Bullied

Teens With Depression More Likely To Be Bullied

It is widely assumed that bullying leads to depression in children and teens, however new research from Arizona State University suggests the opposite could also be true. Teens who are depressed have greater difficulty in developing peer relationships, and this can often lead to bullying. The authors suggest parents and teachers look for signs of depression within children and understand that depression can be a significant risk factor for negative peer based relationships.

Child Sexual Abuse Victims More Likely To Be Blamed If Abuser Is A Juvenile

Child Sexual Abuse Victims More Likely To Be Blamed If Abuser Is A Juvenile

Research released this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence reaches the horrific conclusion that parents are more inclined to blame their children for being victims of sexual abuse when the perpetrator is another youth. Unfortunately, this is more commonly true when the victim is an older child, or black. Previous research conducted by the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center discovered that 36% of child sexual violations were committed by other juveniles. It is hoped that this research will force better education for parents and professionals about the rates of sexual abuse perpetrated by youths, and why juveniles might embark on such heinous crimes against their peers.

No Link Found Between Prozac And Suicide In Children

No Link Found Between Prozac And Suicide In Children

New research published today in Archives of General Psychiatry suggests antidepressants such as Prozac (fluoxetine) neither increase or decrease suicidality in children. However, they are effective medications to control and reduce suicidal behavior in adults.

Self Harming Youths On Medicaid Failed By The Medical System

Self Harming Youths On Medicaid Failed By The Medical System

Many emergancy rooms across the US are failing to protect young people who self harm by discharging them without emergancy mental health assessments, a new report by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital suggests. The findings are published in this months Journal of the American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry, and derived from a national study of Medicaid data.

Parent’s Education Level Could Impact Children’s Mental Health

Parent’s Education Level Could Impact Children’s Mental Health

Researchers at McGill University have been studying the link between parent’s education status and the mental health of their children. The findings, published in this month’s Social Science and Medicine Journal, suggest the higher the parent’s level of education, the less their children suffered from mental health issues. Additionally, the researchers discovered children of highly educated parents tended themselves to embark on higher level education and achieved better paying jobs.

Heightened Activity In Same Brain Areas of Maltreated Children and Combat Soldiers

Heightened Activity In Same Brain Areas of Maltreated Children and Combat Soldiers

Collaborative research undertaken by UCL and the Anna Freud Centre has found that children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of brain activity as soldiers who have been exposed to combat violence.

The Impact Of Negative Classroom Environments On A Child’s Mental Health

The Impact Of Negative Classroom Environments On A Child’s Mental Health

Lacking material resources in a classroom and having a teacher who does not feel supported by their counterparts can have a detrimental affect on the mental health of school children, a new report suggests.

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.

Gaming And Health Risks For Teens

Gaming And Health Risks For Teens

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered a number of significant gender differences linked to gaming in teens and young adults, as well as identifying health risks associated with problematic gaming. The study revealed that male gamers had lower odds of smoking regularly, while among girls gaming was associated with higher risk of getting into aggressive altercations. Additionally, 4.9% of the teens surveyed stated they had trouble in reducing their time played and felt an irresistible urge to play. Gaming was also linked to higher instances of smoking, drug use, aggressive fighting and depression in both boys and girls.

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