This week in parenting 2/5/15

Parents who had improved coping skills as a result of a parenting programme were found to percieve an improvement in positive parenting techniques and use of productive coping by their child.

First time mothers were found to experience more anxiety and have increased overprotective parenting behaviours, particularly when their child was temperamentally fearful.

A focus on teaching children friendship quality and self esteem has been argued to be necessary to decrease bullying behaviours.

Maternal sensitivity in infancy and young childhood has been found to predict attachment security in young adulthood.

Maternal depressive symptoms were found to particularly impact on their responsiveness to the infant when the infant had a difficult temperament.

Maternal attachment style was found to mediate the role between intentions for parenting and parenting behaviorrs.

Unintended pregnancy has been found to be linked to fewer positive parenting behaviors

Parents have been found to play a critical role in talent development.

Parental involvement in home-based school activities such as helping with homework was found to increase academic achievement in low socio-economic families.

Positive parental reinforcement and supportive communication by caregivers were found to decrease post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression in children who had had a parent die.

Maternal rejection was found to increase the chance of anxiety or depressive symptoms in teenagers when maternal depression was also present.

Autocratic parenting was found to decrease psychological welfare in high school students while authoritative parenting increased it.

Harsh parenting was found to increase the effect of genetic factors on affiliation with deviant peers.

A New Zealand study has found that rickets due to vitamin D deficiency is more likely in dark skinned children from more southern latitude who were exclusively breastfed.

An Australian study has found that 34% of children presenting with a fracture were vitamin D deficiency and 52%   of children with risk factors (obesity, less time spent outdoors, heavy sunscreen usage, darker skin) and fractures were vitamin D deficient.

Academic interruptions and sexual abuse in childhood have been found to have the biggest impact on adult health of all childhood adversities.


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