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January 16, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Stress Of Parents Of Autistic Children Following October 7th Attack

January 16, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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autistic children in the aftermath of events on October 7th, 2023 in Israel. “Following the unprecedented attacks by Hamas on October 7th, we sought to understand the psychological experience of autistic and non autistic children and their parents,” Dr. Judah Koller of the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told us. [More]

December 22, 2023
by Elizabeth Pratt

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1 In 5 Parents Worried Their Holiday Stress Negatively Impacts Their Kids

December 22, 2023 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Parents are feeling the pressure this holiday season. Data from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan Health found one in five parents think their children have unrealistic expectations of the holiday, and one in four parents admit they themselves set overly idealistic expectations for the holidays. [More]

October 31, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Under-Diagnosis Of Autism

October 31, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Lancet looked at autism in England with regard to assessing under-diagnosis in a population-based cohort study of prospectively collected primary care data. “People often think of autism as a childhood condition, and historically, autism has mostly been diagnosed in children,” study author Elizabeth O’Nions told us. “Many autistic adults were not diagnosed when they were children, either because autism didn’t exist as a diagnosis when they were young, or the criteria were narrower, meaning that only a very small number of people were considered to be autistic at the time.” [More]

October 10, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Delves Into Brain Synapses And Childhood Mental Health

October 10, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Immunity looked whether there was a potential link between early life stress and the onset of mental disorders. “Individuals who suffer childhood abuse/neglect are much more likely to develop mental diseases, including depression and schizophrenia,” study author Wok-Suk Chung told us. “Additionally, stress has been shown to elicit a decrease in the number of excitatory synaptic connections in the brain and impair their functions. However, the underlying mechanism by which early life stress induces synaptic and behavioral symptoms later in life have been unclear.” [More]

September 12, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Children Can Recognize When Others Are Sick

September 12, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at infection detection in faces and children's development of pathogen avoidance. “We were interested in understanding whether children ages four to nine years old can avoid and recognize sick faces,” study author Tiffany S. Leung told us. “Previous studies have reported that adults can use faces to recognize when someone is sick and make judgements about whether to approach or avoid them." [More]

August 29, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Role Does Food Insecurity Play In The Mental Health Of Children And Teens?

August 29, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at household food insecurity and health service use for mental and substance use disorders among children and adolescents in Ontario, Canada. “There have been other studies that have shown that food insecurity can lead to behavioural issues among children and adolescents, as well as symptoms of mental health problems,” study author Kelly Anderson told us. “We wanted to examine whether these behaviours and symptoms are translating to clinically significant mental health problems that require contact with the health care system.” [More]

March 14, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Do Children Come To Understand The Meaning Of Emotion Words Like 'Sad' Or 'Happy'?

March 14, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at how caregiver speech can predict the emergence of children’s emotion vocabulary. “We were interested in understanding how children learn words like ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ that label emotional experiences,” study author Mira L. Nencheva told us. “We were curious if the words that surround emotion labels might help children learn their meaning.” [More]

January 31, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Analyzes Genetic Make-Up Of Autism

January 31, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry looked at an autism-associated mutation in human neurons. “In this study, we are trying to understand the mechanism underlying a genetic mutation linked to autism,” Dr. Le Wang, lead author, told us. “Since the gene is involved in the information flow in the brain, we wanted to find out if the genetic mutation leads to abnormal information flow in humans using a human neural model.” [More]

January 10, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Impact Of Pandemic On Psychopathology In Children

January 10, 2023 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 the impact of COVID-19 on psychopathology in children and young people worldwide. “Our study is about tracking what the changes were in children and adolescents’ mental health from before the pandemic to during the pandemic, by bringing together findings from lots of research published in the last two years,” study author Abigail Emma Russell told us. [More]