Teenagers say their parents often don’t realize how overwhelmed they feel about school. Psychologists say parents can help children manage their expectations and live a more balanced life, even if it means not racking up as high a GPA as their friends.
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Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can’t change.
Dweck’s research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can’t change. Her research finds that when girls think this way, they often give up, rather than persisting through difficulties. They don’t think they possess the ability to improve, and nowhere is the phenomenon stronger than in math.
While popular media often depicts highly-involved parents negatively as “helicopter parents” or “tiger moms, how does placing one’s children at the center of family life really affect parental well-being? New research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science finds that parents who prioritize their children’s well-being over their own are not only happier, but also derive more meaning in life from their child-rearing responsibilities.
”These findings stand in contrast to claims in the popular media that prioritizing children’s well-being undermines parents’ well-being,” the researchers wrote.
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Emerging research suggests our willpower to resist cheating or lying diminishes over the course of a day. Ethics researchers from Harvard University and the University of Utah discovered the pattern while investigating various behaviors, such as lying, stealing, and cheating.
“Whether you are personally trying to manage your own temptations, or you are a parent, teacher, or leader worried about the unethical behavior of others, our research suggests that it can be important to take something as seemingly mundane as the time of day into account.”
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The author of the popular book, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child,” may be on to something; a new study finds kids who don’t have a regular bedtime are more likely to have behavioral problems.
The study from researchers at University College London found that irregular bedtimes could disrupt natural body rhythms and cause sleep deprivation, undermining brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain behaviors.
A new study suggests that some people are genetically predisposed to have a darker impression of the world.
As published in Psychological Science, researchers suggest a previously known gene variant can cause individuals to perceive emotional events — especially negative ones — more vividly than others.
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A study of British youth found that two 90-minute group therapy sessions reduced the incidence of mental health issues by 25 to 33 percent.
New research suggest medieval practices to reverse bad fortune or undo a “jinx” actually work.
Actions such as knocking on wood, spitting or throwing salt, are common practice even among people who aren’t particularly superstitious.
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Is the profile we provide on Facebook a more accurate reflection of our personality than that gained by traditional methods used by psychologists?
The ubiquity of social media and the Internet creates new avenues for non-physical abuse by a dating partner.
A new Michigan State study suggests online exhibits of controlling behavior and harassing text messages can have a serious effect on a teenager’s health and well-being.
“One of the things that we need to do better at society is to have conversations very early with young people — both females and males — about healthy relationship strategies,” Bonomi said. “We often wait too long — until middle school and even high school — to begin talking to girls and boys about relationship skills, if we even talk about it at all.”
Researchers are learning that the benefits of being bilingual extend well beyond enhanced communication capabilities.
Penn State researchers discovered that as bilingual speakers learn to switch languages seamlessly, they develop a higher level of mental flexibility.
“Not only is bilingualism not bad for you, it may be really good. When you’re switching languages all the time it strengthens your mental muscle and your executive function becomes enhanced.”
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Adding a mental health component to school-based health education programs could enhance health behaviors, reduce depression and improve grades.
Researchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing found that a program called COPE: (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Healthy Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition) had a beneficial outcome for several health and behavioral factors.
Teens who post “partying” photos of themselves may unwittingly be promulgating risky behavior.
Specifically, USC investigators found that teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook and Myspace are more likely to smoke and drink themselves.
“Our study shows that adolescents can be influenced by their friends’ online pictures to smoke or drink alcohol,” said Thomas W. Valente, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator.
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For many parents, yelling at their adolescent child is a normal event. New research suggests this form of discipline may be as damaging as physical abuse.
Indeed, although most parents who yell at their children would not dream of physically harming their teen — shouting, cursing, or using insults — may be detrimental to the long-term well-being of the adolescent.
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Any parent will tell you that there is no simple recipe for raising a child. Being a parent means getting hefty doses of advice — often unsolicited — from others. But such advice often fails to consider a critical factor: the child. A new review of dozens of studies involving more than 14,600 pairs of twins shows that children’s genetics significantly affect how they are parented.
The research in total, Avinun says, “means that parenting should not be viewed solely as a characteristic of the parent, but as something that results from both parental and child attributes.” Therefore, any interventions or treatments to help parenting should consider both the parents and children, and could vary even within a family.
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