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Adolescence: When drinking, genes may collide

Many negative effects of drinking, such as transitioning into heavy alcohol use, often take place during adolescence and can contribute to long-term negative health outcomes as well as the development of alcohol use disorders. A new study of adolescent drinking and its genetic and environmental influences has found that different trajectories of adolescent drinking are [...]

The verdict on tiger-parenting? Studies point to poor mental health

Long before Amy Chua’s provocative 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, raised the bar for tough-love parenting, psychologists at UC Berkeley were studying the effects of three kinds of child-rearing: authoritarian (too hard), permissive (too soft) and authoritative (combo). Now, with the recent release of UC Berkeley alumna Kim Wong Keltner’s memoir, Tiger Babies Strike Back, along [...]

Jealous Of Your Facebook Friends?

If we needed any more reason to believe that social media is doing almost exactly the opposite of what it set out to – making us less instead of more social and more instead of less fragmented – here’s a good one. A new study finds that there’s another element to social media’s growing list [...]

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‘Helicopter Parenting’ Can Undermine Students’ Self-Image

Most parents would do anything to help their children be happy and successful. But too much involvement can be detrimental as a new study shows that college students with overcontrolling parents are more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives. Experts say this “helicopter parenting” style — hovering over and micro-managing their child’s [...]

Kids With Stressed-Out Parents Eat More Fast Food

Stress in parents may contribute to obesity in their kids, and as parental stress rises the kids are more likely to eat fast food, a new study finds. The research has caveats. It doesn't definitively prove that kids put on more pounds when they live with stressed-out adults. And, oddly, the study found that kids [...]

Snared in the tentacles of a dark and dangerous place

As one of Britain's foremost child psychotherapists, Julie Lynn Evans thought she had long since heard every parental nightmare. But last week, after reading the tragic story of 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson, who killed herself after visiting websites about self-harm and anorexia, she found herself in tears. Her clients include three young people who have attempted [...]

Alcohol marketing targets black youth

It is no secret that for decades, tobacco companies have filled disadvantaged communities with advertising and marketing attracting generations of young people of color to the products they peddle. A new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that alcohol companies are taking [...]

Workplace Bullying

It is the silent epidemic that claims billions of dollars in revenue each year, but the biggest cost by far for a company that hires a bully is the trauma experienced by staff in the firing line. Workplace experts say that if bullies are not dealt with appropriately, low productivity, absenteeism and even physical illness [...]

Addicted: Aussie porn addicts watch porn ‘five hours a day’

That's right; a huge number of us may spend up to 35 hours a week watching online sex videos. That's almost as many hours as most 9-5 workers put in. The addiction is having a crippling affect on personal lives and relationships, says Dr Phil Watts, who is a porn researcher and psychologist. He adds [...]