February 2017

What Motivates Teens to Exercise?

Unless actively involved in sports, many students entering high school drop their activity levels to a minimum, setting the stage for sedentary-related adult diseases. In a new pilot study, researchers set out to investigate what types of energy level...

New Approach Reduces Teen Risk for Drug Addiction

Emerging research suggest programs that ultimately improve impulse control are the best method to prevent substance abuse. Drug use in adolescence is often linked to later substance-abuse problems. The new study finds that key risk factors include a c...

Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis

Do bubble wrap and special snowflake myths distract us from the realities today's students face? A biopsychosocial lens can help us find ways to cultivate agility and resilience.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on

Harsh Parenting Can Hurt Academics and Peer Relationships

A new study helps to explain how parenting affects children’s educational outcomes via relationships with peers, sexual behavior, and delinquency. Children exposed to harsh parenting are at greater risk of having poor school outcomes. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh discovered that both direct and indirect effects of parenting play a role in shaping children’s behavior, as well as their relationships with peers. The study appears in the journal Child Development.

Overnights Good for Divorced Dads, Moms and Their Babies

New research shows that children of divorce — no matter what age — benefit from having time with each parent, which includes sleepovers at each parent’s house. “Not only did overnight parenting time with fathers during infancy and toddlerhood cause no harm to the mother-child relationship, it actually appeared to benefit children’s relationships with both their mothers and their fathers,” said Dr. William Fabricius, an associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University and lead author of the study. “Children who had overnights with their fathers when they were infants or toddlers had higher-quality relationships with their fathers, as well ...

Experts Recommend More Interventions for At-Risk Youth

A disturbing number of youth suffer from psychological and psychiatric problems ranging from depression to substance abuse. And although highly effective, science-based intervention programs do exist for troubled young people and their families, there...

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