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The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

graduation443Just what is all this scheming and obsession with status teaching children?

Getting an A in biology — and being awakened, in the process, to the wonders of the natural world — doesn’t matter if a committee of strangers at Stanford isn’t sufficiently impressed? Read more ›

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Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses

Autism research 440Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder. Read more ›

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More U.S. Youth Seeking Help During Psychiatric Emergencies

hospital- ER 435The number of young people visiting U.S. emergency rooms with psychiatric problems is rising, driven largely by a surge in teens and minority youth seeking urgent help for mental illnesses, a new study suggests. Read more ›

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One in 5 Students With Significant ADHD Gets No School-Based Help, Study Finds

boy-adhd 434A substantial percentage of students with ADHD symptoms severe enough to affect them both academically and socially are not getting any support in school for the disorder, says a new study based on the experiences of nearly 2,500 children and youth. Read more ›

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Social Media Linked to Rise in Mental Health Disorders in Teens, Survey Finds

social-media432Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade and the rise of digital media may be one reason why, according to a national survey released on March 14.

The research, published by the American Psychological Association, found sharp increases in the number of young adults and adolescents who reported experiencing negative psychological symptoms — specifically in those born in 1995 or later, known as iGen. Read more ›

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Big Gaps in Transgender Research: A Team at UCSF Is Working to Change That

transgender 420Since 2015, researchers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital clinic have been conducting a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that will involve nearly 300 young patients ages 8 to 18 to understand the long-term effects of transgender treatments. These include puberty-blocking hormones, which give patients more time to explore their gender identity, and testosterone and estrogen. Read more ›

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LGBT+ Teens in US, Rejected by Families, Struggling in Foster Care

fosteryouthlgbtqq419LGBT+ teens in the United States are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to live in foster care, often after being rejected by their families over their sexuality, according to new research. Read more ›

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One in Six U.S. Kids Have Mental Health Disorders, but Only Half Receive Treatment

anxiety417Roughly in six U.S. kids have at least one mental health disorder, and only about half of them receive treatment from a mental health professional, a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests. Read more ›

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Study Details How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

high school 403Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin, have found that while many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of college-bound youth have led to the emergence of new peer groups and perceptions. Read more ›

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Teens View Anxiety, Depression as Biggest Problems in Lives, Study Says

depression397Most American teenagers say they view anxiety and depression as a major problem in the communities where they live, a new Pew study indicates.

The study found that 70 percent of teens view the mental health concerns as a major problem, while 26 percent believe they’re a minor problem and 4 percent say they’re not a problem. Read more ›

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