Children and Family

Marital tensions among parents can have an adverse effect on their children, according to a new study.
A mobile phone app designed to support new mothers who are having problems breastfeeding is in development.
The concentration levels of pre-schoolers are not adversely affected by fast-paced television programmes, a study has concluded.
The British Psychological Society has welcomed a bill on gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence published by the National Assembly for Wales. In our response to the consultation on the bill we say:
Primary school children's performance in tests is no indication of how they will fare in later life, according to new research from Professor Richard Cowan of the Institute of Education.
Studies that involve assessing the behaviour of children should involve more frequent observations in order to avoid missing potentially significant traits, new research&
How the developmental effects of ‘mind-blindness’ contribute to the social and communication difficulties of those with autism spectrum disorder will be discussed by Professor Francesca Happé at the British Psychological Society's Developmental Section Conference held in Amsterdam this week (3 to 5 September).
Young people who regularly use digital media to communicate risk becoming less sensitive to emotional cues from others, new resea
Playtime can have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of children, a report has concluded.
The number of children resorting to self-harm has risen considerably in the last two years, new figures have revealed.
Telling children of the benefits of healthy food might not be the best way to get them to eat it, a study has indicated.
Children are more likely to experience mental health difficulties if they live in an area hit by war, terrorism and extensive military activity, new research has revealed.
Spending a short time playing video games every day can make children better-adjusted, a new study has revealed.
Why was Darth Vader such a bad dude? According to a team of psychologists, it's down to his lack of parental care: the fact he was separated from his mother at age 9, and his father's absence. 
Scientists in Australia have identified a link between insomnia among teenagers and various mental health conditions.
The amount of time a woman spends with her children is affected by her professional self-identity, a study has revealed.
Scientists have identified a link between alcohol advertising and the behaviour of young people who take up drinking.
A child's television viewing habits can have a significant impact on their education and development, according to a new study.
Creating natural habitats in school playgrounds could have a positive impact on the mental health of children, according to a new study.
Text messages could be a useful means of preventing young people from drinking to excess, new research suggests.
A briefing from the British Psychological Society highlights the future risks to children and young people from educational disengagement. It shows what psychology can offer and makes recommendations for policy makers to improve school attendance.
Researchers at the University of Southampton are to research the causes of conduct disorder (CD) in teenage girls, thanks to a share of funding from the European Uni
Learning activities can be initiated by both older and younger siblings, according to a new study.
A number of behavioural traits during a person's teenage years could offer clues as to whether or not they will become binge drinkers in the future.
Parental alienation – a child’s unwarranted rejection of one parent and strong alignment with the other following high conflict family breakdown – leaves the alienated parent feeling powerless.  Despite recognition in recent high court judgem
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