Tag Archive: behavior

Do colicky babies have sensory processing problems?

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Some researchers offer hope for the parents of colicky infants, who may have sensory processing problems.

The impact of rejection: What if kids don't fit in?

Researchers have identified some behaviours that make it more likely that a child will be rejected by his or her classmates.

Parenting style and child behaviour: Is being democratic always the best option?

We’ll be talking in an upcoming episode about parenting styles, but after seeing information about this study at the Canadian Psychological Association conference last week, I thought it would be worth discussing now, while it’s fresh. Although I won’t go into detail about the 4 commonly accepted styles of parenting (I’ll save it for the…

Risky Business: Parents' Behaviour Predicts Teens' Sexual Behaviour

A four-year study published in the current issue of Child Development examined a number of parenting behaviours to find links to sexually risky behaviour in teens. Rebekah Levine Coley and her colleagues noted that 66% of youth have had sex by the age of 18, with some studies showing that more than 25% of adolescent…

Fluorescent Lighting, Cell Phones Impair Performance

Have you been in a classroom lately? Like many offices, the typical classroom is lit by fluorescent bulbs. Many of us probably know someone at work who prefers the incandescent lamp on their desk to the overhead fluorescents used in most office buildings. In addition, an increasing number of students, especially in high schools, are…

FA057 – Anatomy of Three Things, Part 8

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discuss three recent stories on familyanatomy.com: Should you let your kids win when you play games? Anti-psychotic meds may be overprescribed for kids without psychotic symptoms. Summer jobs protect against suicide. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in iTunes. If you…

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Anti-Psychotics Over-Prescribed for Children with Behaviour Problems

This past fall a panel of experts in the U.S consulted with the Food and Drug Administration. The focus of their presentation was the over-prescribing of anti-psychotic medications to kids who do not have psychosis. It is important to note that the FDA has not approved anti-psychotic medications in children, that there have been no…

Managing tantrums

Brenda Nixon, author of The Birth to Five Book, believes that kids whose tantrums are tolerated are at risk for developing emotional problems as adults. While some tantrums occur as a natural part of development (“the terrible twos”), others might reflect a clinical problem. Tantrums typically start between 1.5 and 2 years, and might be…

Exposure to tobacco smoke and children's behaviour

A study to be published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics examined the possible impact of exposure to secondhand smoke on children’s behaviour. Although most studies of this kind rely on parents’ reports of smoke exposure, researchers in this case measured it using tests that detect cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, in the…

Questions about your kids' mental health?

A survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in the U.S. found that 15% of parents questioned school staff or medical professionals about their kids’ behavioural and emotional adjustment, with parents of boys almost twice as likely to question their sons’ adjustment than girls’ parents. Boys were also twice as likely as girls…