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Classroom distraction. Tatyana Dzemileva/Shutterstock

Why is ADHD more common in boys than girls?

For every girl diagnosed with ADHD, up to seven boys are diagnosed. Researchers looked at risk factors, the role of genetics, and mental health for clues.
Mental disorders affected one in seven students and were associated with being less connected and engaged at school, having lower attendance rates, and poorer academic outcomes than their peers. Shutterstock

Mental disorders linked to poor NAPLAN performance in Australian schools

A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind in their studies by the time they sit their final NAPLAN test in year nine.
Displaced children, like these in the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, are remarkably resilient but not all thrive in their new countries. Here’s how we can help them. Joseph Galanakis/AAP

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

New research into the health of newly arrived refugee children in Australia gives us clues about how we can help all refugee kids.
Teachers need a hand getting the message across. Wellbeing blackboard via pupunkkop/Shutterstock

All secondary schools could do with a head of well-being

Children’s character and well-being looks set to be a central education issue going into the 2015 general election. Getting out of the starting blocks in mid-December, Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state…
Children exhibit signs of psychotic illness in very rare cases. Philippa Willitts/Flickr

Rise in anti-psychotic scripts for kids is a serious worry

News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases…

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