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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]

January 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Young Children Capable Of Delayed Gratification?

January 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Imagine this: You’re five years old and you've just been given your favorite treat. Maybe it's a marshmallow or maybe it’s a lollipop. Whatever it is, you want to devour it instantly but are told that if you wait a certain amount of time and don’t eat it until that certain amount of time is up, you’ll get another treat of the same variety, thereby increasing your tally to two treats. What would you do? What would you say a five-year-old would do? And why does it matter? [More]

January 14, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Early Life Adversity Linked To Lower IQ And ADHD

January 14, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study examined whether extreme adversity early in life can have a long-lasting impact on brain development. Previous research shows that early childhood adversity is linked to a higher risk for a wide range of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric problems later in life. This study examined whether early adversity is also linked to changes in brain structure and whether these brain changes can partly explain why some individuals develop persisting neurodevelopmental problems, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), following adversity while others do not [More]

December 31, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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More Than One Husband Can Be Advantageous According To New Study

December 31, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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If you’re wondering what new year’s resolutions to make, you might want to consider adding another spouse or two. According to a recent study of 2000 participants over two decades living in Tanzania, multiple husbands can be advantageous to women and children when times are difficult. While this scenario might not exactly play well in most relationships today, it seems that in that remote village in East Africa where the study took place, having an extra spouse can be a buffer in economic and social crises and help children live longer. [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]

September 24, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Older Parents Don't Have To Worry About Their Age Negatively Affecting Their Children's Behavior

September 24, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at whether the age of parents at the time of their children’s birth could result in behavior problems. Couples who have children at later ages are often counselled about risks of increased maternal age (e.g. Down syndrome) but increasingly a risk has been documented for increased paternal age and autism and schizophrenia. [More]

May 28, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Do Some Children Develop PTSD While Others Do Not?

May 28, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study from the University of East Anglia, published in the Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry looked at how common post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is in children and adolescents in the initial weeks and months following a trauma. “Why do some young people show no clinically significant PTSD symptoms early on,” study lead researcher, Dr. Richard Meiser-Stedman told us, “while others show a significant reaction?” [More]

March 12, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Happy Parents, Happy Kids? Depends On How Much Support Parents Get

March 12, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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If happy parents make happy kids, as the science tells us it does, then how do we ensure parents are happy? “Economic anxiety is a big piece of the puzzle,” parenting expert and author, Ann Douglas told us. “Given the high cost of housing, childcare, post-secondary education, and all the other assorted expenses that go along with raising a child, she says it’s hardly surprising that parents are spending a lot of time worrying about how they’re going to pay the bills.” [More]