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August 31, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Having A Partner Better For Avoiding Loneliness In Pandemic Than Having Children

August 31, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Having a partner was more beneficial at avoiding loneliness during the first wave of COVID-19 than having children. Research published in the European Journal of Ageing found that whilst those without children and those without a partner were more likely to be lonely, those without a partner underwent a notable shift in their loneliness in the early stages of the pandemic. [More]

July 26, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Dogs Reduce Stress Levels In School Children?

July 26, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at whether dogs can reduce stress levels in school children. “Our research is the first to demonstrate the mediating effects of dog-assisted interventions on stress levels in school children over the school term and in both, children with and without special educational needs,” study author Kerstin Meints told us. [More]

July 19, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Important Is Childhood Play In Safeguarding Mental Health?

July 19, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development looked at the evidence for protective effects of peer play during the early years. “We were hoping to find out whether early play experiences with other children are important for later mental health and wellbeing,” study author Jenny Louise Gibson told us. “We think that play with others protects against future mental health challenges because it is a natural way for children to develop the cognitive and emotional maturity they need to build up a strong social network.” [More]

May 31, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can A Child's Adventurous Play Keep Anxiety At Bay?

May 31, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development looked at the association between time spent playing and child mental health. “In January 2021, we published a paper explaining why we thought adventurous play might help to prevent anxiety in children,” study author Helen F. Dodd told us. “We explained how, when children play adventurously, they have opportunities to learn about uncertainty, coping and physiological arousal (heart beating fast, butterflies in your tummy etc.). These learning opportunities should target some of the risk factors that we know exist for child anxiety.” [More]

May 27, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Adults Exposed To Parental Domestic Violence As Children More Likely To Develop Mental Illness

May 27, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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More than 20% of adults who were exposed to chronic levels of parental domestic violence in childhood develop major depressive disorder at some stage. Researchers from the University of Toronto found that 22.5% of adults who witnessed domestic violence between parents later developed major depressive disorder, compared with 9.1% of those who hadn’t witnessed parental domestic violence as children. [More]

May 24, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows How Early-Life Adversity Changes Behavioral And Hormonal Responses To Further Stresses During The Lifetime

May 24, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Cell Reports looked at early stress-induced impaired brain functioning. “We were trying to figure out how the long-lasting, life-long adverse effects of transient early-life stress on behavioral and endocrine responses to adult stresses come about,” study author Tallie Z. Baram told us. “This is important, because these changes are tied to mental illnesses.” [More]

May 3, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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First Study Of Its Kind Looks At Changes In The Brain Over Time Of Young People At High Risk Of Bipolar Disorder

May 3, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry looked at longitudinal changes in structural connectivity in young people at a high genetic risk for bipolar disorder. “Bipolar disorder is characterized by severe and impairing swings of mood, varying from the chaos and impaired judgment of mania to the slowed thinking and suicidal despair of depression,” study author Philip Mitchell told us. “It is a very strongly genetic condition, with close relatives of someone with this condition having ten times the population risk of developing this.” [More]

April 19, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Naps Can Help Preschool Children Learn Their Letters

April 19, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at the effects of napping on preschool children’s learning of letter-sound mappings. The research was carried out by faculty of the Macquarie University in Australia, the University of Oxford, the University of York and the University of Sheffield. “We know that letter-sound learning is essential for early reading acquisition, so we want to explore factors that may help with learning this skill,” study author Dr. Hua-Chen Wang told us. “Sleep has been found to enhance learning. As such, this study looks at whether there's a nap for learning letter-sound associations.” [More]