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March 30, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Parents Report Worsening Mental Health In Teens One Year Into Pandemic

March 30, 2021 22:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Just over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the US, parents are reporting worsening mental health in their teenagers. The CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine found that almost half of parents have noticed a worsening or new mental health condition in their teenagers since the start of the pandemic. Three in four say the pandemic has negatively impacted the social interactions of their teens. [More]

March 16, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Time Spent Outdoors Could Counteract Negative Mental Health Impact of Pandemic On Teens

March 16, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Time spent outside and nature-based activities could counteract some of the negative mental health impacts of COVID-19 on adolescents. Researchers from North Carolina State University found that outdoor based activities helped teens cope with major stressors, and restricting such opportunities could have negative mental health implications. [More]

November 3, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Pregnancy Weight And Its Effect On Fetal Brain Development

November 3, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry looked at maternal prenatal body mass index (BMI) and human fetal brain development. “Given knowledge that the physical well-being of a mother during pregnancy is important for the long-term brain health of her child, we sought to discover whether and how maternal body mass index may relate brain development in the womb,” senior study author, Dr. Moriah E. Thomason told us. [More]

February 4, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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This Parenting Program Helps Parents Manage Stress

February 4, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Family Systems and Health looked at whether Parenting Journey, a 12-week parenting program based on the principles of family systems theory, helps parents manage stress and improve family strengths. This is the first study of the impact of Parenting Journey on parent-reported outcomes. While there are many parent training programs, researchers say there is still a need for effective supports that can be delivered in the community to parents of different races and backgrounds. [More]

December 3, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Way A Parent Plays With Their Child Has The Potential To Impact Future Mental Health Outcomes

December 3, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A mother picks up her baby and shows her a stuffed giraffe toy. She tells her baby that giraffes have long necks and spots. The child feels her mother’s arms around her, hears her voice, and looks at the giraffe. The mother has provided tactile, auditory, and visual input, otherwise known as sensory signals. A new study has shown that when infants or young children experience unpredictable sensory signals from their parents, their brains, in particular their executive functioning, doesn’t develop properly and can contribute to mental health problems as they grow. [More]