A stable, supportive family is key to preventing childhood trauma.
Childhood trauma from abuse, neglect and even divorce increases the risk for physical, mental and developmental problems. To prevent the poisonous consequences, safety and stability are essential.
Children currently in – or who have histories with – residential care services are more likely to have contact with the justice system.
Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and early intervention initiatives.
Children need to develop a few channels in life where they can get to know themselves and develop their self-esteem.
As retirement looms for elite sportspeople, there is a need to prepare for the transition to post-sport life. But there are also important things to consider for transition long before this.
Children around the world are susceptible to stereotypes.
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For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.
Look! I can make an even bigger one.
The serious science of toilet humour.
Kids as young as seven have a good enough sense of logic to work out the truth and why it can be better to lie.
Migrant children often adapt to their host country much quicker than their parents.
Migrant children often become interpreters for their parents in settings like the doctor's office, legal situations and even in parent-teacher interviews. This can be a burden and affect their health.
It’s important to have age-appropriate dialogue with children about death.
Children's perceptions of death vary with developmental stages. Understanding these is key to helping them normalise their thoughts and feelings when someone they know dies.
Is it really all Ho, Ho, Ho? Or could believing in Santa harm your child's development?
How should you deal with a summer baby?
Britain is trying to reduce the disadvantages which burden kids born in July and August. But why does it matter so much?
The latest Disney shows just how far psychology has come since the moralisers of the 19th century.
Early interventions can help children with autism build social and communication skills.
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Autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of two and five. But studies show therapies delivered earlier in childhood could help children at risk of developing autism.
Heavier children do less well in school but it’s not about ability.
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Heavier people are less likely to be hired and more likely to be fired – and some of this may begin at school.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are supporting their daughter Shiloh’s decision to be called John.
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If you want to know a child's gender, just ask them and then listen to the answer.
Easier said than done but there are ways.
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A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in…
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According to a study of Vermont doctors, best practice guidelines for prescribing antipsychotic medication to children are followed only half the time.
You definitely didn’t have one? Honestly?
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Lying is often seen as bad behaviour in children. Fairy tales and folk stories, from Aesop’s Peter who cried wolf to Washington’s cherry tree tell children to be honest and never lie. But what can we do…
‘I’m just normal?!’
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It is natural for parents to value their child – and feeling valued is key to children’s well-being; but some parents “overvalue” their child, believing their child is more special and more entitled than…
Leaving distressed babies to cry without comforting them may compromise their psychological development.
Controlled crying has been hotly debated since it was first recommended in a 1985 book about infant sleep problems. It involves letting a baby cry itself to sleep without any interaction once it has been…
Time to leave.
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Foster carers can have a powerful impact on the lives of vulnerable children and young people. But with an average of four moves for each child in foster care, living with instability can affect them into…