This Week in Parenting Research

A university of Melbourne study revealed that teenagers with hobbies are less likely to participate in risky behaviors such as drinking or drug taking

A study of 11,820 students between kindergarten and fifth grade found only children failed to gain more social skills between these two time frames compared to those with siblings.

Nurturing parenting may help to break the link between peer victimization and childhood anxiety in children who already have fearful temperaments.

A study found that authoritarian parenting could be predicted by high levels of clutter in the home and a tense or nervous mother

A study of dual income earner families of infants found greater equity between mothers and fathers in terms of positive engagement with the infant, responsibility taken, routine child care and accessibility, although mothers still took more responsibility.

A study doing MRI on teenagers has found positive brain changes in those who have more warm and supportive mothers

A theory of optimal parental involvement in tennis has been developed from interviews and focus groups. It recommends a) share and communicate goals b) develop and understanding emotional climate and c) enhance parenting practices at competitions

It has been found that the time a mother spends being physically active with her child from as young as 4 months impacts on their physical activity level as toddlers

2% of teenage boys have been found to have such concerns with muscularity that they use supplements, growth hormone derivatives or anabolic steroids with associated concerns for their health


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