Children from unintended pregnancies tend to experience more depressive symptoms in early adulthood than children from intended pregnancies, however there’s little evidence of a causal relationship. The association between fertility intentions and depressive symptoms is more likely due to the mother’s socioeconomic background and the accompanying lack of access to resources and services, research indicates.
Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown.
Researchers found that inattentiveness in childhood was linked to worse academic performance up to 10 years later in children with and without ADHD, even when they accounted for the children’s intellectual ability. The results highlight the long-term effects that childhood inattention can have on academic performance, and suggest that parents and teachers should address inattentiveness in childhood.
Parents and siblings of children with limited speech who took an innovative training program significantly improved their ability to communicate with the special needs youth, outlines a new report.
People tend to adjust behaviors across their lifespans as they adopt new roles – such as marriage or parenting – that are incompatible with prior behaviors. The transition to parenthood appears to be particularly relevant for women, leading to a reduction in alcohol consumption. This study of maternal alcohol use is the first to focus on age at transition to motherhood as a predictor of…
Researchers have found that maternal authoritativeness and warmth helps to protect against psychological distress and mental health symptoms in children exposed to war. The results suggest that combining emotional support and warmth with discipline and openness to negotiation could be an effective way to protect children from emotional trauma following violent conflict.
A new study sought to identify factors that predict infants’ avoidance and resistance, looking specifically at how mothers respond physiologically and emotionally to their infants’ distress.
What parents are most worried about as their children prepare to head back to school.
Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree: Teens shouldn’t start school so early. Yet recent research finds parents are split almost down the middle on whether they support delays in school start times that might permit their 13- to 17-year-olds to sleep later on school days.
Expectant mothers may want to consider adopting today’s trend towards stress management, in light of new research pointing to its ability to lower the risk of problematic behavior in their offspring. Researchers found that mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress during pregnancy have kids who are more than twice as likely to have chronic symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct disorder.