• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 13th October, 2009
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household chaos

Household chaos describes the combination of non-specific background factors such as ambient noise, crowding, ‘traffic,’ and lack of routine which provides the stage for family life. Levels vary greatly between families and are not linked to socio-economic status. Research suggests a connection between household chaos and child outcomes such as academic achievement and behavior.…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Sunday 19th April, 2009
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hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) refers to a complex set of interactions between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland in the brain and the adrenal and suprarenal glands which sit on top of the kidneys. This hormonal cascade helps regulate temperature, digestion, immune system, mood, sexuality and energy usage. It is also a key part of the system that controls reactions to stress, tra…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Monday 16th March, 2009
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Healthy Passages

Healthy Passages is a longitudinal study tracking a cohort of fifth-grade children and one of their parents every two years until the children reach the age of 20. The study collects information on family, peer, school, and community influences on health behaviors, health outcomes, and educational and social outcomes across diverse racial and ethnic populations in the US cities of Birmingham (Alab…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 22nd May, 2008
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Health visitor and home visitation

In the UK a health visitor is a qualified and registered nurse or midwife to assess the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community. The service is universal and preventative. It includes visits to all new parents. Similar services are offered in other states with universal health care for its citizens. The role is distinct from home visitation that tends to refer to more specifi…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 05th July, 2007
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Health Behaviour in School-age Children

This instrument has been used by the World Health Organization for over 20 years. It collects information on: family resources and structure peer interaction risk behaviors how healthy children think they are sexual health physical activity eating habits self-care. Samples are constructed to get 1,500 children in three age groupings -11, 13, and 15 years- in each participating country. The instrum…

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