Research Digests

  • Positive parenting reduces risk of callous-unemotional traits

    New data published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, from the Wirral Child Health and Development Study (WCHADS) show that a child’s responsiveness to other’s emotions may be increased by the responsiveness and warmth of their mother during infancy.

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  • Can we improve attachment or attachment-related outcomes in young children?

    Summary of attachment-related research, interventions and outcomes from Professor Jane Barlow, Editor-in-Chief of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal.

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  • Diagnostic framework for attachment disorders needs improving

    Reactive and Disinhibited Attachment Disorders (RAD and DAD) occur when infants and young children have not been able to form an attachment to their primary caregiver, but questions have been raised as to whether these disorders are being over-diagnosed in adopted children.

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  • A harsh parenting team?

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  • Detaching RAD from DSED: the rationale and research requirements

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  • Early adversity impacts on associative learning

    Exposure to adversity during childhood negatively impacts on behavioural development due to suboptimal associative learning, according to data from a new study.

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  • Low activity levels affect child mental development

    High activity levels (AL) in early childhood are associated with sub-optimal social and behavioural outcomes, but whether low AL have negative outcomes is unclear. Now, a study conducted by researchers at Boston University has demonstrated that AL are curvilinearly related to mental development.

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  • Rumination affects mother–infant interactions

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  • Processing speed determines dyslexia risk

    Males exhibit a lower average reading performance than females, according to new data from Anne Arnett and colleagues. The researchers devised a framework to first validate the apparent sex difference in prevalence of dyslexia and then determine which cognitive correlates may underlie this difference.

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