Anatomy of Three Things (Episode 146)

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent news stories about parenting and mental health, including:

  • Can happiness be predicted? Researchers followed kids for decades to see if adult well-being could be predicted by factors in childhood or adolescence. The results were surprising.
  • Does physical intervention reduce defiance? Researchers spied on parents to see how they responded when their children were noncompliant. A surprising number of parents intervened physically. Did it help?
  • Can Facebook be blamed for the Batman shootings? A recent post on Psychology Today began with the inflammatory headline "The Batman Shooter: Can We Blame Social Media?" But is there any evidence of a link between an online presence and violent behaviour?

Find out what we think this week on Family Anatomy.

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Note: Posts on Family Anatomy are for education only, and are not intended to replace professional or medical advice. If you need to talk to someone about family or mental health issues, you can get a referral from your family doctor. Doctors Brian and Giuseppe discussed kids in general in this episode, but every child is unique; your experience may vary from that discussed in this episode.