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.
A quarter of adults don't want children-and they're still happy
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone, with more than one in four people identifying as "child-free"—someone who chooses not to have children.
Gender differences in brain in response to midlife stress linked to fetal stress exposures
A mother’s stress during pregnancy can result in a child born depressed or clinically anxious - but that was assumed to be temporary. However, men and women whose mothers experienced stressful events during pregnancy have been found to regulate stress differently in the brain 45 years later.
What makes a happy couple, a happy family, or a happy workplace?
Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic, familial and workplace relationships.
Why experiences are better gifts for older children
All I want for Christmas is ... a gift that provides enduring happiness. New research compares the level of happiness children derive from material goods with the level of happiness they derive from experiences.
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of childhood adversity on future health and social outcomes. One of the most worrying things about the current pandemic is the alarming increase in the incidence of child abuse.
Experiencing childhood trauma makes body and brain age faster
In Europe and the US, studies have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an alarming increase in child abuse. In reality this isn’t entirely new, as previous studies have shown that it was already increasing, and the virus has only made the situation much worse.
The best way to support stressed out friends and family
Too often we try and console people by using language that is more about us than them. The person in an anxious, stressed or depressed state is not concerned with what you understand or know.
"Feeling obligated" can impact relationships during social distancing
In a time where many are practicing ‘social distancing’ from the outside world, people are relying on their immediate social circles more than usual. Does a sense of obligation—from checking on parents to running an errand for an elderly neighbor—benefit or harm a relationship?
High rate of suicidal ideation in children
With 8% of US children aged 9-10 reporting suicidal ideation, greater effort is needed to protect children from early life adverse experiences.
How human population growth came from our ability to cooperate
Humans may owe their place as Earth’s dominating species to their ability to share and cooperate with each other. The hunter-gatherer hunting or gathering teams consisted of between three and seven individuals. This is exactly the number that modern high performing teams are made up of.
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