developmental psychology

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.

Kids with Behavior Issues, Disabilities are Bullied More, Bully Others More

Kids with Behavior Issues, Disabilities are Bullied More, Bully Others More

Students receiving special-education services for behavioral disorders and those with more obvious disabilities are more likely to be bullied than their general-education counterparts; and are also more likely to bully other students, a new study shows.

Can Treatment for Depression Help Prevent Drug Abuse in Teens?

Can Treatment for Depression Help Prevent Drug Abuse in Teens?

A new study from Duke University researchers suggest treating teens for major depression could reduce their chances for developing drug or alcohol abuse problems later on.

Young Children of Unmarried Parents Fare Worse when a Father’s Support is Court-Ordered

Young Children of Unmarried Parents Fare Worse when a Father’s Support is Court-Ordered

Young children of unmarried parents who live with their mother and receive court-mandated financial support from their father exhibit more aggressive behavior than those who don’t get any formal support at all, according to a Rutgers University study.

Difference In Brain Responses To Risky Decision Making For Teens With A Family History Of Alcoholism

Difference In Brain Responses To Risky Decision Making For Teens With A Family History Of Alcoholism

A new study by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, which is to be published in April’s issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, suggests that there could be different responses apparent in the cerebellum and prefrontal cortex in teens with a family history of alcoholism, during risky decision making tasks.

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.

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.

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