• By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Friday 26th July, 2013

Helping foster children to get ready for school

Children in foster care are at particularly high risk for difficulties in school including behavior problems that lead to higher rates of truancy, and expulsion as well as poor academic performance. A new intervention known as Kids In Transition to School (KITS) is demonstrating success in preventing disruptive behavior when fostered children start in kindergarten and improving their readiness for…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Friday 19th July, 2013

When teens talk and parents listen, schoolwork benefits

Teenagers don’t always want to talk to mom and dad – but it’s better for them if they do, a new international study argues. In both the US and China, adolescents who kept revealing details about their lives to their parents during the difficult middle-school years ended up investing more time and effort in learning.As children enter the teen years, they start to develop more autonomy, but t…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Thursday 11th July, 2013

Hispanic families unite against drugs, alcohol and delinquency

Binge drinking and illicit drug use among Hispanic youth have become a significant public health concern in the United States – even more so than among their white and African American peers. An evaluation of the Familias Unidas parenting program suggests it is effective in reducing some of the worst outcomes.Substance misuse problems, as might be expected, are especially common among young Hisp…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Monday 01st July, 2013

A tendency to be disliked? How genetics relate to peer rejection in school

A lack of friends and poor peer relationships can have a damaging effect on children’s emotional development, leading to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. But how far do problems relate to the environments in which children are raised, and how far are their own, personal characteristics at the root of problems?A large study of identical and non-identical twins in Canada casts new light…

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