• By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 06th February, 2008

Generation gap yawns widest since Rock and Roll

Our children are living double lives: one parents see, one they don’t see. This is the message of “Growing Up Online” a documentary lately aired on US public television. Eager to have a private world separate from their parents, to get information on subjects they don’t want to talk about with adults, to connect with peers (sometimes much less abashedly than they would in person) and to si…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Tuesday 05th February, 2008

More arithmetic still adds up … more or less

Americans tend to believe that more is, well, more – certainly when it comes to education. Every few years there’s a new initiative to lengthen the school day or the school year to boost student achievement. But lately some curious statistics seem to call such efforts into question. Indeed, they might be taken to demonstrate that less is more when it comes to time spent on school work. The tro…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Monday 04th February, 2008

Depression therapy – it can be a family affair

Depression can get into the marrow of family life. Having a depressed parent puts a child at considerable risk for becoming depressed too. Indeed, by the time they are 25, 60 percent of children with depressed parents will have experienced a bout of depression themselves.It’s not clear how much of the risk is the result of children inheriting genes that make them prone to depression and how much…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 01st February, 2008

Growing up in the Age of Terrorism

Most young people in the US will never have any direct experience of terrorism, but in certain circumstances even heightened awareness and elevated vigilance in society may be enough to do psychological damage. Writing in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice Jonathan S. Comer and Philip C. Kendall reason that the goal of terrorism “is to threaten and intimidate a population much larger than…

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