Children and Family

An opportunity for clinical psychologists, especially those working in settings where there are no specialist neuropsychologists, to update their practice and increase skills in undertaking cognitive assessments of children and young people.
Long-term antisocial behaviour may be linked to excessive television viewing in childhood.
Cross-examining child witnesses in court fails to get to the truth, suggests a new study published this week in our Legal and Criminological Psychology journal.  The study, undertaken by Rhiannon Fogliati and Kay Bussey from Macquarie University, Australia, examined the assumption that cross-examination produces a more truthful testimony.
The behaviour of a parent can be influenced when their children are taught about the environment.
Students who have overly controlling parents may be more likely to be depressed.
Teenagers who develop caring friendships are more likely to want to make a difference with their life, new research has suggeste
Ignoring W.C. Fields' advice to "never work with children or animals", a team of researchers in the USA has done both at once in a research paper that compares children's interest in live animals against their interest in toys.
Enjoying a positive family life during teen years could be connected to the relationship those adolescents experience when they reach adulthood.
A new longitudinal study has been given extra support thanks to a £3.5 million funding boost from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Professor Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London and Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, is to receive the Society's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Children considered cool may be more likely to bully than those of lower social standing in the classroom.
The popular Cheltenham Science Festival is running from 4-9 June in Cheltenham’s Town Hall and Imperial Gardens.  The Festival, supported by the Society, has something for all ages and interests with interactive sessions and live demonstrations.
Parents often lie to their children in an effort to get them to behave.
Young people tend to have traditional views when it comes to marriage, new research has shown.
Popular children are often unconsciously avoided by their classmates, new research has shown.
New NICE guidance suggests that signs of psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people need to be identified early to ensure they receive the treatment and care they need to live with the condition.
A child is no more likely to display behavioural problems as a result of spending time in child care.
Listen again to this week's Radio Four ‘The Life Scientific’  and hear Chartered Psychologist and Honorary Fellow of the Society Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith discuss the pros and cons of young babies watching television. 
Fussy babies are often kept busy with television, new findings have suggested.
Autistic children correctly diagnosed with the condition could lose symptoms of the disorder as they get older.
Being motivated could be of greater importance than intelligence when it comes to academic achievement, new research has suggested.
Consuming sweetened drinks increases the risk that a person might suffer from depression, new research has suggested.
Most parents do not worry if their young child has an imaginary friend and even see advantages in such an invisible companion.
More sensitive mothers have children who tend to have more disturbed sleep, at least in their first two years.
Children who are kind tend to be happier than their more selfish peers, new research has suggested.
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