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Family Issues

Information regarding families and parenting

Suicide and safety issues

Suicides among young people are a serious problem. Each year in the U.S., thousands of youth commit suicide.  In 2013, suicide was the second leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and a major cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds. More information and...

Smoking during Pregnancy

Exposure to Tobacco During Pregnancy Affects Behavior in Newborns (The Nemours Foundation) According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 12% of women who gave birth during 1999 smoked during pregnancy. Smoking during...

To snoop or not to snoop in a child’s bedroom?

Sunday Patriot-News Front Page Story December 19, 1999 (Harrisburg, PA)– Parents must weigh issues of trust, curiosity, concern before searching, experts say. “Trust has everything to do with your child’s success and safety.” says Dr. Chris...

Orphanages are an ‘option’

Posted 12/18/2009 1:09 AMBy Wendy Koch, USA TODAY“Children who live in orphanages fare as well or better than those in family homes, reports a Duke University study that tracked more than 3,000 children in five Asian and African countries. The study is touted as...

Study: Mom’s nurturing can stimulate intelligence

July 19, 2000 Web posted at: 9:16 AM EDT (1316 GMT) (AP) — Be grateful for the times Mom cooed over you and rocked you to sleep. All of that fussing, it appears, may have made you smarter. Experiments on rats by Canadian researchers suggest that mothers’...

Millions of U.S. students home alone

October 31, 2000 Web posted at: 2:58 p.m. EST (1958 GMT) WASHINGTON — Call it a scare that working parents could do without this Halloween — 2.4 million children under the age of 12 are home alone before or after school, according to a report released...

Early Childhood and TV Viewing

Heavy TV Viewing Causes Problems Oct 1, 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – “CONSISTENT, FREQUENT TV VIEWING CAUSES BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS“ In summary: “Consistent, heavy television viewing (more than two hours a day) throughout early...

Survey: Parental misconceptions about discipline

SURVEY REVEALS CHILD DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE GAP AMONG ADULTS Need More Information about Discipline, Spoiling and Expectations of Young Children WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 4 – Results of a landmark survey released today raise questions about what Americans know about...

Mental Care Poor for Some Children in State Custody

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 By ROBERT PEAR  The New York Times Thousands of parents have given up custody of their children under pressure from states in order to obtain treatment for the children’s severe mental illnesses, federal investigators say, but some states...

Danger Zones for Children’s Injuries

Mon Jun 2, 1:37 PM ET  Reuters CHICAGO (Reuters) – The most common injuries children suffer vary by age almost month by month, with the most dangerous time coming at 15 to 17 months, according to a U.S. study published on Monday. The University of California...

Single Mom’s Hostility Can Cause Problems

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children living with single mothers are at greater risk for social, academic and psychiatric problems than their peers who live in two-parent families. But according to Canadian researchers, factors such as family income, a...
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