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)
We even saw it with our children: some children are faster as toddlers to learn new words than others. This new study found that children with larger vocabularies looked quickly towards objects when learning new words. Meanwhile, children who knew fewer words looked back and forth between objects and took more time. The study suggests… Read More Why are some kids slower to learn words?
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
The answer is partial yes, as most things are the result of an interaction between genes and the environment. Still, a new Harvard study by Jennifer Zuk and colleagues has examined the neurobiological predispositions for musical talent — in infancy. These are their findings in short taken from the press release: Early aspects of brain… Read More Is musical ability already programmed in the genes?
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?
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)
This study was an open tab for a while in my browser. I just forgot to blog about it. We’ve known that higher aspirations can lead to higher achievements for a long time. This study shows again that it is true in the context of educational and occupational aspirations. At the same time, the study… Read More Keep your aspirations realistic
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)
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