Children who saw how adult earnings were related to education were eight times more likely to do the extra credit homework as those who saw the presentation showing adult earnings independent of amount of education.
A residential summer weight-loss camp markedly improved obese children's health, a study in the April 2010 edition of Pediatrics reports. A Saint Louis University physician found the camp improved children's weight, body mass index (BMI), physical fitness and blood pressure.
It can be difficult for parents of teenagers to come to terms with the fact their kids may have sex, particularly given widespread concerns about the consequences of teen sexual activity. In fact, a study from North Carolina State University shows that many parents think that their children aren’t interested in sex – but that everyone else’s kids are.
Simple, low-cost measures such as wearing a pedometer to inspire walking and spending a few minutes a day meditating can put adolescents on the track toward better health, researchers report. These types of side-effect-free steps can quickly help lower important numbers like blood pressure, heart rate and even weight, counteracting today's unhealthy, upward trends among young people, said Dr. Vernon Barnes, physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Prevention Institute.
Children who talk to their fathers about the issues that are important to them are less likely to take-up smoking during early adolescence, a 2010 University study found.
Girls and young women who drink alcohol increase their risk of benign (noncancerous) breast disease, says a study (May 2010, Pediatrics) by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University. Benign breast disease increases the risk for developing breast cancer.
A study in the Oct. 1 2008 issue of the journal Sleep shows that adolescent insomnia symptoms are associated with depression, suicide ideation and attempts, and the use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs such as cocaine. Findings suggest that the presence of insomnia in adolescents increases the risk of developing mental health problems and also may increase the severity of these problems.
Cannabis users can become dependent on cannabis. The risk (around 10%) is lower than that for alcohol, nicotine, and opiates, but the earlier the age a young person begins to use cannabis, the higher the risk.
When parents are faced with difficult teenage behavior, they often become less tolerant of each other's quirks and idiosyncrasies. Often, one parent can no longer tolerate the parenting skills or philosophies of the other. They simply can't agree.
The teenage years are tough on almost everyone. Studies show that as many as four out of every hundred teens suffer from major depression each year.
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