Child Development

Transforming research on cognitive, social & emotional development and family dynamics into policy and practice.

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Articles from leading researchers, knowledge updates and more.

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“Educators, parents and policy makers should all be concerned at the rapid decline in unsupervised free play for children, which may damage early child development and later social and emotional learning.”

Stuart BrownFounder and President of National Institute for Play, California, USA

An Assorted Pick

Sensitive questioning
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)

Sensitive, open-ended questioning when interviewing child abuse victims yields better information

Less direct approach to interviewing child abuse victims increases disclosures, prosecutions, guilty pleas & convictions, providing better child protection.
Adolescent risk taking
Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Teenage risk taking and the social influence of friends may reflect maturing of the adolescent brain

Differential rates of brain development, particularly in the prefrontal cortex, may help explain some behaviour among young people.
Income supplements
Cognitive Development (0-3)

Income supplements for parents of young children could tackle entrenched long-term inequalities

Reducing family poverty, particularly in very early years, may diminish the educational gap at age 5 that’s so hard to shrink.
childhood behaviour problems
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Tackling child behaviour problems effectively requires better understanding of differences between an ‘orchid’ child and a ‘dandelion’ child
inequality children school
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Family stability and parental investments in children are key to reducing childhood inequalities
Education
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Education is changing, but inequality is not
stress child
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Stress of adversity harms children biologically and behaviorally, but good care can reverse the damage
divorce overnight stay
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
After parents divorce, regular overnight stays with dad are best for most young children
epigenetics
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Epigenetics offer hope for disadvantaged children

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