Kids of Older Parents May Have Fewer Behavioral Problems

Kids of Older Parents May Have Fewer Behavioral Problems

The evidence is clear that couples are waiting to have children at a later age. While some studies suggest a link between a father’s age and a mental health diagnosis among offspring, a new Dutch study considered the behavior problems of children born to older parents...
Strengthening Bond with Autistic Child Can Ease Mom’s Stress, Depression

Strengthening Bond with Autistic Child Can Ease Mom’s Stress, Depression

New research finds mothers of young children with autism can reduce parenting stress and depression by improving their relationship with the child. Investigators from Case Western Reserve University examined the effects of this technique in a small experimental...
Cesarean Birth May Increase Risk of Cognitive Issues in Twins

Cesarean Birth May Increase Risk of Cognitive Issues in Twins

Twins born by cesarean birth may be at greater risk for cognitive problems, according to a new study at the University of Malaga (UMA) in Spain. The findings are published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology. “Twins are very vulnerable, since their birth...
Family Chaos, Depression May Make It Harder to Manage Kids’ Asthma

Family Chaos, Depression May Make It Harder to Manage Kids’ Asthma

A chaotic household as well as child and parent depression are risk factors for worse asthma outcomes in urban minority children, according to a new paper published in the journal Pediatrics. “Higher levels of chaos — lack of organization or set routines, among other...
Parents Play Key Role in Preparing Autistic Teens for Driving

Parents Play Key Role in Preparing Autistic Teens for Driving

When parents of teens with autism prioritize independence, it can significantly help prepare their children for driving, according to a new study published in the journal Autism in Adulthood. The study, compiled by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia...
Early Life Adversity Can Affect Kids’ Brain Chemistry

Early Life Adversity Can Affect Kids’ Brain Chemistry

A new study shows that adversity early in life affects a child’s executive function skills, such as their ability to focus or organize tasks. Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, parental divorce, or substance abuse can lead to changes in a child’s...