How symptoms of depression increased amongst children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic (meta-analysis and review)

This important meta-analysis and systematic review study by Sheri Madigan et al, published yesterday looked at longitudinal data from 12 countries to check if depression and anxiety symptoms increased in cohorts of children and adolescents before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is what the study teaches us: This systematic review and meta-analysis of 53… Read More How symptoms of depression increased amongst children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic (meta-analysis and review)

How a sex education program can reduce homophobia, transphobia and prevent teen pregnancy

In some regions, sex education programs have come under scrutiny. This new randomized controlled trial on a specific, comprehensive sex education program shows the program has positive effects. From the press release: Can a school-based sexual health education program that effectively reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs also decrease homophobia and transphobia? That question drove… Read More How a sex education program can reduce homophobia, transphobia and prevent teen pregnancy

Is there a link between the decline of free play and mental issues?

Last month Peter Gray, David Lancy and David Bjorklund published a commentary in The Journal of Pediatrics, claiming that “Decline in Independent Activity as a Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental Wellbeing: Summary of the Evidence”. I must admit I first started reading before checking who wrote it, but it didn’t take long to guess… Read More Is there a link between the decline of free play and mental issues?

Interesting study about intergenerational social mobility and education (gender really matters)

Looking at fathers’ education seems too optimistic if you want to discuss social mobility in education. This new study that uses global data is a bit different as the researchers chose to take a gender-sensitive approach. They assembled a dataset of 1.79 million individuals born between 1956 and 1990 from 106 societies and provided global evidence… Read More Interesting study about intergenerational social mobility and education (gender really matters)

Yes, reading for your children helps their language development (2 new studies)

I have two studies to share with you today, telling you the same story: reading to (young) children helps them to develop their language. The first study is a randomized controlled trial with parents/guardians who were given a set of 20 children’s books specifically chosen to support early language development and interaction with print media.… Read More Yes, reading for your children helps their language development (2 new studies)

Children with few friends protect these friendships through conformity

This study gave me a new insight, and once you start thinking about it, it sounds logical. The researchers examined what gives one friend influence over another? And one of the main results is the number of friends one has. From the press release: Peer influence is pervasive during childhood and adolescence. Conformity can foster… Read More Children with few friends protect these friendships through conformity