Shortly after they turn 1, most babies begin to help others, whether by handing their mother an object out of her reach or giving a sibling a toy that has fallen. Researchers have long studied how this helping behavior develops, but why it develops has been examined less. A new study looked at the role of imitation to find that when 16-month-olds observe others’ helping…
Graduating from college has significant implications for adults’ long-term success, including employment, family formation, and health. A new longitudinal study found that when siblings in middle childhood experienced less warmth in their relationships with each other, spent different amounts of time with their fathers, or thought their parents treated them unfairly relative to their siblings, they were more likely to differ in their college graduation…
Roughly one in 10 women in the United States will experience depression. The consequences, however, may extend to their children, report researchers who found that a mother’s depression can negatively affect a child’s cognitive development up to the age of 16.
The majority of US adults with children agree that state support for pregnant teens is a good investment but want to see teens meet certain criteria — including taking parenting classes — before receiving assistance.
The ability of babies to differentiate emotional expressions appears to develop during their first six months. But do they really recognize emotion or do they only distinguish the physical characteristics of faces and voices? Researchers have just provided an initial answer to this question, measuring the ability of six-month-old babies to make a connection between a voice expressing happiness or anger and the emotional expression…
Scientists have deconstructed the brain circuits that control parenting behavior in mice, and identified discrete sets of cells that control actions, motivations, and hormonal changes involved in nurturing young animals.
The child welfare system is more likely to intervene in households in ‘less neighborly’ neighborhoods and in which parents spank their kids.
A study has established a link between inflammation in pregnant women and the way the newborn brain is organized into networks. The results may provide promising avenues to explore treatments with potential to change these negative impacts on newborn brain function.
A legacy of social and political factors rather than bad parenting may be influencing people’s decisions not to vaccinate their children, according to a new study.
Parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new study. Parents don’t know what constitutes safe sexual behaviors for LGBTQ teens and need resources to help them. Parents play an important role in helping their children learn how to have healthy sexual relationships.