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Parenting Bulletin - July 2012 Archives


Toddlers object when people break the rules (7/31/2012)

We all know that, in general, it's wrong to kill people, it's inappropriate to wear jeans to bed, and we shouldn't ignore people when they're talking. We know this because we're bonded to others through social norms - but how do we acquire these norms in the first place? A new article in Current Directions in Psychological Science delves deeper into understanding this important 'social glue' by examining research on children's enforcement of social norms. ...> Full Article


Infants can use language to learn about people's intentions (7/30/2012)

Infants are able to detect how speech communicates unobservable intentions, researchers at New York University and McGill University have found in a study that sheds new light on how early in life we can rely on language to acquire knowledge about matters that go beyond first-hand experiences. ...> Full Article


No LOL matter: Tween texting may lead to poor grammar skills (7/29/2012)

Text messaging may offer tweens a quick way to send notes to friends and family, but it could lead to declining language and grammar skills, according to researchers. ...> Full Article


Cyberbullying: 1 in 2 victims suffer from the distribution of embarrassing photos and videos (7/28/2012)

Cyberbullying: 1 in 2 victims suffer from the distribution of embarrassing photos and videosEmbarrassing personal photos and videos circulating in the Internet: Researchers at Bielefeld University have discovered that young people who fall victim to cyberbullying or cyber harassment suffer most when fellow pupils make them objects of ridicule by distributing photographic material. ...> Full Article


Adolescent sexual behavior tied to motion picture sexual content exposure, says researcher (7/27/2012)

Young people who watch more sexual content from movies also tend to engage in more sexual behavior and begin sexual activity at an earlier age, according to a University of Missouri researcher's study. ...> Full Article


Child's behavior linked to father-infant interactions, study shows (7/24/2012)

Children whose fathers are more positively engaged with them at age three months have fewer behavioral problems at age twelve months, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study suggests that interventions aimed at improving parent-child interaction in the early post-natal period may be beneficial to the child's behavior later on in life. ...> Full Article


Parental consent for HPV vaccine should not be waived, poll says (7/23/2012)

Most adults say parents should be involved in decision for adolescents to get the vaccination that protects against genital warts and cervical cancer. ...> Full Article


Sugar-sweetened drinks are not replacing milk in kid's diets (7/22/2012)

National data indicate that milk consumption has declined among children while consumption of sweetened beverages of low nutritional quality has more than doubled. Although this suggests sugar-sweetened beverages may have replaced more nutritious drinks in children's diets, a new study suggests that in fact changes in children's milk consumption are not significantly related to changes in their consumption of sodas and flavored fruit drinks over time. The results are published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ...> Full Article


Infants' recognition of speech more sophisticated than previously known, researchers find (7/21/2012)

The ability of infants to recognize speech is more sophisticated than previously known, researchers in NYU's Department of Psychology have found. Their study showed that infants, as early as nine months old, could make distinctions between speech and non-speech sounds in both humans and animals. ...> Full Article


Exposure to sexual content in popular movies predicts sexual behavior in adolescence (7/20/2012)

Intuitively it simply makes sense: exposure to sexual content in movies at an early age probably influences adolescents' sexual behavior. And yet, even though a great deal of research has shown that adolescents who watch more risky behaviors in popular movies, like drinking or smoking, are more likely to drink and smoke themselves, surprisingly little research has examined whether movies influence adolescents' sexual behaviors. ...> Full Article


TV habits predict kids' waist size and sporting ability (7/19/2012)

Each hour of TV watched by a two- to four-year- old contributes to his or her waist circumference by the end of grade four and his or her ability to perform in sports, according to a world-first study undertaken by researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Saint-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital. ...> Full Article


New studies reveal hidden insights to help inspire vegetable love (7/18/2012)

Two new studies presented today at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's annual conference may make it easier for moms to get their kids to eat -- and enjoy -- vegetables. Both studies were conducted by SNEB president Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John Dyson Professor of Consumer Behavior at Cornell University, and funded by Birds Eye, the country's leading vegetable brand that recently launched a three-year campaign to inspire kids to eat more veggies. ...> Full Article


Sports 1, housework, 0 (7/16/2012)

Pressure to be more involved in their children's lives has many middle class men turning to sports as a way to nurture their kids. This softening of gender roles might be seen on the field, but researchers found it doesn't change traditional behavior at home ? where household chores and other parenting responsibilities are still seen as mom's job. ...> Full Article


Fewer iron supplements during pregnancy work just as well for preventing anemia (7/15/2012)

Taking iron supplements one to three times a week instead of every day is just as effective at preventing anemia in pregnant women, according to the findings of a new Cochrane systematic review. The authors of the review also showed that women experienced fewer side effects when taking iron supplements intermittently rather than daily. ...> Full Article


The parenthood paradox (7/14/2012)

Does being an intense mother make women unhappy? According to a new study by Kathryn Rizzo and colleagues, from the University of Mary Washington in the US, women who believe in intensive parenting -- i.e., that women are better parents than men, that mothering should be child-centered, and that children should be considered sacred and are fulfilling to parents -- are more likely to have negative mental health outcomes. The work is published online in Springer's Journal of Child and Family Studies. ...> Full Article


Uncontrollable anger prevalent among US youth (7/13/2012)

Nearly two-thirds of US adolescents have experienced an anger attack in their lives that involved threatening violence or violent behavior. These severe attacks of uncontrollable anger are much more common among adolescents than previously recognized. Nearly one in 12 adolescents -- close to six million young people -- meet criteria for a diagnosis of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), a syndrome characterized by persistent uncontrollable anger attacks not accounted for by other mental disorders. ...> Full Article


Study sheds light on pregnancy complications and overturns common belief (7/12/2012)

Study sheds light on pregnancy complications and overturns common beliefA study led by Hospital for Special Surgery researchers has demonstrated that women who have a specific type of antibody that interferes with blood vessel function are at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes and that other antibodies in the same family thought to cause pregnancy complications do not put women at risk. ...> Full Article


Parents less likely to develop colds, Carnegie Mellon research shows (7/11/2012)

There is no question that being a parent is, at times, challenging both physically and mentally. However knowledge of the actual affect parenthood has on health has been inconsistent at best, until now. New research led shows that being a parent influences health in a positive way. The research provides the first evidence that, when exposed to a common cold virus, parents are 52 percent less likely to develop a cold than non-parents. ...> Full Article


Exposure to violence has long-term stress effects among adolescents (7/10/2012)

Children who are exposed to community violence continue to exhibit a physical stress response up to a year after the exposure, suggesting that exposure to violence may have long-term negative health consequences, according researchers at Penn State and University College London. ...> Full Article


Researchers find abuse during childhood may contribute to obesity in adulthood (7/9/2012)

Investigators from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center report research findings that may shed light on influences on obesity during adulthood. ...> Full Article


Sometimes, cheating is allowed (7/8/2012)

No lying, cheating or forging parents' signatures -- school children basically want to be honest. Depending on the school situation, however, they make exceptions and adopt unconventional honesty rules. Then they are sometimes dishonest to get a better mark. ...> Full Article


Women with a fear of childbirth endure a longer labor finds new research (7/7/2012)

Women who have a fear of childbirth spend longer in labor than women who have no such fear, suggests new research published June 27 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ...> Full Article


Kids who cook hungrier for healthy food choices (7/6/2012)

Children who help cook at home are more likely to enjoy fruits and veggies than kids who don't cook, according to a new University of Alberta study. ...> Full Article


Standing for long periods during pregnancy may curb fetal growth (7/5/2012)

Standing for long periods during pregnancy may curb the growth of the developing fetus, suggests research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ...> Full Article


Severe reactions to food more common than thought in young children (7/4/2012)

Young children with allergies to milk and egg experience an unexpectedly high number of reactions to these and other foods, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. More than 70 percent of preschool children with documented or suspected food allergies suffered a significant reaction during the three-year period. Researchers also found that caregivers failed to administer the medication epinephrine in 70 percent of the severe and potentially life-threatening reactions. ...> Full Article


Study suggests poor mothers favor daughters (7/3/2012)

Study suggests poor mothers favor daughtersPoor mothers will invest more resources in daughters, who stand a greater chance of increasing their status through marriage than do sons, suggests a study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. ...> Full Article


Blood test for pregnant women could predict risk of having dangerously small babies (7/2/2012)

Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa have found a protein in the blood of pregnant women that can predict if they are likely to have a fetus that doesn't grow properly, and thus has a high risk of stillbirth and long-term health complications. The research could lead to a widely available blood test and new treatments. ...> Full Article


Parents' work-life stress hinders healthy eating (7/1/2012)

These days many parents are working harder than ever to support their families, and as a result, nutrition in the home suffers. That's according to a new study, "Parental employment and work-family stress: Associations with family food environments" published in the July issue of Social Science and Medicine. ...> Full Article


Low/moderate drinking in early pregnancy has no adverse effects on children aged 5 (7/1/2012)

Low and moderate weekly alcohol consumption in early pregnancy is not associated with adverse neuropsychological effects in children aged five, suggests a series of papers published today (20 June) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. However, high levels of alcohol per week were linked with a lower attention span among five year olds. ...> Full Article


Low to moderate drinking in early pregnancy has no adverse effects on children aged 5 (7/1/2012)

Low and moderate weekly alcohol consumption in early pregnancy is not associated with adverse neuropsychological effects in children aged five, suggests a series of papers published today (20 June) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. However, high levels of alcohol per week were linked with a lower attention span among five year olds. ...> Full Article


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