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Psychological Effects of the Pandemic May Be Felt in Young People for a Long Time to Come

The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental wellness of many people around the world, and some experts are concerned about the lasting effects it could have on adolescents and young adults especially. Read more ›

Study: Half of Adults With ADHD Have Had a Substance Abuse Disorder

Half of adults aged 20-39 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have had a substance use disorder (SUD) in their lifetime according to new research.  This is markedly higher than the 23.6% of young adults without ADHD who have had a substance use disorder in their lifetime. Read more ›

More Americans Are Reaching Out For Mental Health Support — But Can’t Get It

For many Americans who live with a mood disorder, cost remains a major hurdle to accessing mental health care, according to a survey on mood disorders published this week by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI. Read more ›

A Shot Against COVID For Kids Under 12 — Your Questions Answered

Many parents are understandably eager to know when the COVID-19 vaccine will finally be available for children under 12. This age group accounts for about 50 million Americans and currently none of them qualify for a shot. Read more ›

Does Mask Wearing Harm Your Child’s Development? Experts Weigh In

For young children, the pandemic comes at a crucial time for developing skills important for empathy, safety and more — a phase that some parents worry will be impaired by mask-wearing. Read more ›

Youth Depression and Anxiety Doubled During the Pandemic, New Analysis Finds

During the Covid-19 pandemic, depression and anxiety in youth doubled compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to the research. One in 4 adolescents globally are “experiencing clinically elevated depression symptoms, while 1 in 5 youth are experiencing clinically elevated anxiety symptoms.” Read more ›

Playing Helps Kids Learn and Grow

What would childhood be without time to play? Play, it turns out, is essential to growing up healthy. Research shows that active, creative play benefits just about every aspect of child development. Read more ›

Boys Still Get These Three Things From Their Parents That Girls Don’t

Stereotypical gendered parenting differences remain entrenched in American households. In some cases parents may simply be unaware that they are parenting daughters in ways that are different from sons. Things are changing slowly, but gender stereotypes are still entrenched in parenting practices.

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Stanford-Led Study Highlights the Importance of Letting Kids Take the Lead

Parents today often look for teachable moments – and opportunities abound. When reading a book with a child, for example, it might mean discussing story plots with him. If she isn’t allowed to play a videogame, it means explaining why.

There’s good reason for this: Research has shown that engaged parenting helps children build cognitive and emotional skills.

Too much parental direction, however, can sometimes be counterproductive, according to a new study led by Jelena Obradović, an associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, published March 11 in the Journal of Family Psychology. Read more ›

Family Navigation Helps Reduce Disparities in Autism Diagnosis

Training community members to help families navigate obstacles to care increases the likelihood that children from low-income and minority groups will be assessed for autism by specialists, according to a new study. The approach could help reduce disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment. Read more ›

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