Latest Child development Stories

2009-09-24 14:15:28

The association between a father's absence and a child's sexuality is best explained by genetic influences, not environmental, U.S. researchers say.

2009-09-15 09:27:45

Two new studies explore how discipline changes during childhood and adolescence, and what family factors affect those changes. They conclude that when parents use physical discipline through childhood, their children experience more behavior problems in adolescence.

2009-09-15 09:24:13

More than a third of American infants and toddlers live in homes where the television is on most or all the time, even if no one's watching. A new study looks for the first time at the effect of background TV on interactions between parents and young children—and finds that the effect is negative.

2009-09-15 09:15:47

American infants and toddlers watch TV an average of two hours a day, and much of the programming is billed as educational. A new study finds that children under age 3 learn less from these videos that we might think—unless there's an adult present to interact with them and support their learning.

2009-08-11 05:00:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it is recognizing their favorite color, building a tower of blocks or wobbling through their first step, the early years of a child's life are filled with exciting and important achievements.

2009-07-15 13:35:57

New research at Queen's University shows that the way preschool children understand false beliefs can be linked to particular aspects of brain development.

2009-07-15 08:03:59

Social cognition—the ability to think about the minds and mental states of others—is essential for human beings. In the last decade, a group of regions has been discovered in the human brain that are specifically used for social cognition.

2009-07-15 08:01:52

The capacity to figure out what others are thinking and what they mean is an ability unique to people that's central to our lives.

2009-07-15 07:55:00

Young adolescents care a lot about what others think about them. A new study confirms this using brain-mapping techniques that shed new light on this complex period of social development.

2009-07-15 07:52:04

Children raised in institutions are more likely to lag physically, socially, and cognitively, but little is known about what happens to children's brains when they live in institutions.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.