Family environment affects adolescent brain development

Childhood environment and socioeconomic status affect cognitive ability and brain development during adolescence independently of genetic factors, researchers report. The study demonstrates how important the family environment is, not just during early infancy but also throughout adolescence. Parenting News — … Read more…

Preterm babies are more likely to be diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder

Premature birth, low birth weight, and neonatal intensive care are associated with the risk of being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). The disorder causes problems in emotional bonding, social interaction, and expression of emotions, and it can lead to … Read more…

‘Terrible twos’ not inevitable: With engaged parenting, happy babies can become happy toddlers

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach … Read more…

Molecular basis of rare neurological disorder reveals potential treatment

Like people, neurons need to talk to one another. But instead of turning thoughts into words, these cells convert electrical signals into chemical ones. Scientists have new findings on how one protein triggers this crucial conversion. Parenting News — ScienceDaily … Read more…

Children who have difficult relationships with their moms are clingy towards teachers

Children who experience ‘dependent’ or clingy relationships with their preschool teachers tend to also have difficulties in their relationships with their mothers finds researchers. They went even further to find that later in elementary school, these children were prone to … Read more…

Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby’s brain development and function

New research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, with important implications for post-partum depression. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

New systematic review captures what makes a positive post-birth experience for new mothers

A new qualitative systematic review conducted to inform the scope of a new World Health Organization (WHO) post-birth (postnatal) guideline identifies four clear themes for a positive experience in mothers across 15 different countries and cultures. Parenting News — ScienceDaily … Read more…

Coronavirus: Ofcom rules on Eamonn Holmes and David Icke complaints

Ofcom has ruled Eamonn Holmes’ comments about the discredited theory linking coronavirus with 5G were “ill-judged”, while a TV interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke on COVID-19 “risked causing significant harm”. Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News | … Read more…

Maternal hypertensive disorders may lead to mental health disorders in children

Hypertensive pregnancy disorders, especially preeclampsia — may increase the risk of psychological development disorders and behavioral and emotional disorders in children. This is the first study to show that preeclampsia predicts increased offspring risk of any childhood mental disorder, regardless … Read more…

Infant temperament predicts personality more than 20 years later

Researchers investigating how temperament shapes adult life-course outcomes have found that behavioral inhibition in infancy predicts a reserved, introverted personality at age 26. For those individuals who show sensitivity to making errors in adolescence, the findings indicated a higher risk … Read more…

New treatment for childhood anxiety works by changing parent behavior

A study reports that an entirely parent-based treatment, SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), is as efficacious as individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

Leaving your baby to ‘cry it out’ has no adverse effects on child development, study suggests

Leaving an infant to ‘cry it out’ from birth up to 18 months does not appear to adversely affect their behavior development or attachment. Researchers also discovered that those left to cry cried less and for a shorter duration at … Read more…

Women need professional emotional support during high-risk pregnancies, study finds

Little is known about how women manage emotional distress during high-risk pregnancies, but researchers learned that without psychosocial support, many women struggle with fears and tears while feeling isolated and worried. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

Excellent long-term stability of treatment gains of stepwise treatment for pediatric OCD

A study reports that the long-term stability of treatment gains for children and adolescents diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), participating in a stepwise manualized treatment, is excellent. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers. Instead poor connectivity between ‘hubs’ within the brain is much more strongly related to children’s difficulties. Parenting News — ScienceDaily SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL … Read more…