Developmental Psychology

Playtime can have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of children, a report has concluded.
The reading skills of disadvantaged children can be enhanced if they undergo musical training, a new study has found.
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. 
The amount of time a woman spends with her children is affected by her professional self-identity, a study has revealed.
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.
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
Full siblings are more likely to physically assault and use weapons against one another than half or stepsiblings suggests a study presented this week at the Society's Division of Forensic Psychology annual conference in Glasgow. The study
Offering children plenty of free time is better for them than rigidly planning out all their activities, a new study suggests.
A book published this week suggesting children whose parents are separated should not stay overnight with their absent mother or father for fear of it damaging them has sparked a media debate.
Contrary to popular belief, texting actually improves children's spelling and grammar, as well as their overall understanding of English, a new study has found.
Warning children about the negative repercussions of telling lies might not be an effective way of stopping them from doing it, according to a new study.
As adults, we've learned that simple text-based instructions are usually trustworthy.
Fathers who help out with the housework could be giving their daughters a boost towards a better, higher-paid career, new research has suggested
Children who enjoy plenty of time to play freely are more likely to experience social success as adults than their counterparts whose every waking moment is carefully scheduled, according to new
More adolescents are now self-harming because of the pressure they are under as a result of their modern lifestyles, according to a new report.
A new study has been launched to investigate whether or not mobile phone use among young people is having a detrimental effect on their brains.
The Fourth UK Paediatric Neuropsychology Symposium, ‘Atypical Developmental Pathways’, will take place at the Institute for Child Health in London this week (19-23 May).
The daily BBC Radio 4 history of pychology and the mind has an  omnibus edition on Friday evenings.
New research has suggested that the state of the economy at the time of a person's birth could influence how narcissistic they turn out to be.
A large proportion of secondary school pupils have revealed that they feel addicted to the internet thanks to being able to access it on mobile devices, according to a new
"When children display problems in one area, it might be more important to, as early as possible, set up a strategy for helping with all related symptoms rather than trying to help only with a specific diagnosis (which often will change over time)
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