Humans who experience early life adversity suffer as adults. Why are gorillas more resilient?
This may be the most important study of the week—or maybe year.
Improving your work-life balance can make you a more effective leader at work
"However, I expect that a lot of after-hours working–either at the office or at home is a form of escape from dysfunctional family life."
Hunter-gatherer childhoods may offer clues to improving education and wellbeing
Despite increasing uptake of baby carriers and baby massage in developed countries, levels of physical contact with infants remain far higher in hunter-gatherer societies.
Feminism may lead to better body image
When daughters hear their mothers talk negatively about their body, the daughters’ body image takes a hit. Daughters who embrace their bodies can serve as a positive influence on their mothers.
Kin selection in financial decision-making
We kid ourselves that we select people for promotion because of their talent. It has never been true, and if the researchers behind this new study are right, it never will be—so long as humans are in charge of the process.
More evidence that poverty leads to child abuse and neglect
We can be certain that increased pressures on family life will lead to the risk that more children will be subject to harm, abuse and neglect, unless government and service providers can respond more effectively.
Early-life social connections influence gene expression, stress resilience
After early childhood, acceptance and praise from peers becomes an important stress regulator, setting us up to cope with stress in adulthood. This need for acceptance and acknowledgement persists throughout life.
Childhood and adolescent suicides are a serious threat
Suicide is a leading cause of death among 10- to 14-year-olds in Florida. Studies in other US states as well as in Europe have come to broadly similar conclusions. What are we doing to our children?
Childhood abuse leads to COVID vaccine hesitancy
Childhood adversity is strongly linked to poor mental health. And some studies have suggested that mistreatment as a child may undermine subsequent trust, including in health and other public services.
Educated women increasingly likely to have first baby before marriage
A trio of recent studies show a profound shift in attitudes to parenthood and marriage and the effect of increasing inequality in the US on both.
Evidence against physically punishing kids is clear
63% of children between the ages of 2 and 4 worldwide—approximately 250 million children—are regularly subjected to physical punishment (such as spanking) by caregivers. 62 countries have banned the practice, with compelling evidence that physical punishment does not improve behavior and instead makes it worse.
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