Dec

08

2016
I Learned My Teenage Son Is Being Bullied. Should I Tell Him?

I Learned My Teenage Son Is Being Bullied. Should I Tell Him?

December 8, 2016 Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES Last week, a woman I barely know came up to me reluctantly to tell me that, according to her teenage daughter, my teenage son is pretty much friendless and is being bullied at school for being a “freak.” I had no idea, but I can see that he is anxious and socially awkward. The woman made me…

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Dec

08

2016
Anxiety measure for children with autism proven reliable

Anxiety measure for children with autism proven reliable

A new method devised by a Drexel University professor to diagnose children on the spectrum for anxiety symptoms — which tend to be masked by symptoms of autism — was shown to be effective in a recent study. “Anxiety is considered an internalizing symptom, in that it is mostly felt by the person inside their bodies and minds and is not always obvious to others,”…

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Dec

07

2016
Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Babu, 8, works at a brick factory in Narayanganj, Bangladesh. KM Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption KM Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country’s labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who’ve given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to…

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Dec

07

2016
What comes before new-onset major depressive disorder in kids, teens?

What comes before new-onset major depressive disorder in kids, teens?

Early-onset major depressive disorder (MDD) is common in individuals with a family risk of depression. So what signs or symptoms might precede that initial onset of MDD during adolescence among a high-risk group of children with depressed parents? A new article published online by JAMA Psychiatry by Frances Rice, Ph.D., of Cardiff University, Wales, and coauthors examined data from a study that began with 337…

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Dec

07

2016
Beware: Children can passively ‘smoke’ marijuana, too

Beware: Children can passively ‘smoke’ marijuana, too

Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies as well. This warning comes from Karen Wilson of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence in the…

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Dec

07

2016
Do You Get Involved When a Parent Treats a Child Badly?

Do You Get Involved When a Parent Treats a Child Badly?

December 7, 2016 The Ethicist By KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH I was walking home from dinner with a friend one evening down a quiet residential street. Two boys, ages somewhere between 8 and 10, were biking down the road accompanied by a middle-aged woman. I assumed she was their mother. The front wheel of the second boy’s bike took a glancing blow from the curb and…

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Dec

06

2016
Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers’ stress levels

Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers’ stress levels

A school-based intervention that promotes warm and caring interactions between a teacher and child can reduce the child’s stress in the classroom, a new study has found. The intervention was designed for teachers of preschool-aged children and focused on fostering close teacher-child relationships through one-on-one play. Children who participated in the intervention showed reduced levels of the hormone cortisol, an indicator of stress, said Bridget…

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Dec

06

2016
Let your kids lose: Success inhibits preschoolers’ ability to establish selective trust

Let your kids lose: Success inhibits preschoolers’ ability to establish selective trust

Moms and dads take note: While you may think letting your preschooler win at Go Fish builds self-confidence, you could actually be doing your child a disservice. Amherst College psychology professor Carrie Palmquist and former student Ashleigh Rutherford have found that when young kids experience “illusory success” related to a particular task, their ability to formulate and act on judgments they make about their own…

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Dec

06

2016
Babies’ first words can be predicted based on visual attention

Babies’ first words can be predicted based on visual attention

Indiana University psychologists have shown that a baby’s most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, laying the foundation for a new theory of infant language learning. The findings also suggest new possibilities for the treatment of children with language deficits and autism. Drawing on theories of statistical learning, IU researcher Linda Smith and colleagues found that the number of times an object…

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