Child Development

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

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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

Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Engaged fathering is a sign of healthy parenting

Engaged fathering usually means other family relationships are going well. That’s why it predicts successful development in children.
family structures
Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Children do just as well in ‘new family structures’ as in the traditional family

Children of same-sex parents or conceived by assisted reproduction thrive, challenging the supremacy of the traditional family, reveals landmark book.
young adults home
Child Development (Ages 4-12)

What drives young adults to return to live with their parents?

Factors driving young adults back home: presence of siblings at home, unemployment, being single, being a victim of sexual abuse, poor health of parents.
pretend play
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)
Don’t underestimate the importance of pretend play in child development
corporal punishment
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Corporal punishment damages child development – parents should choose ‘positive child discipline’ instead
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Schools and communities can use the social networks of Hispanic parents to help get their children into college
parental leave
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)
When fathers can take individual days of parental leave during the first months after a birth, mothers visit health clinics less often and use less prescription medication
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)
Unintended pregnancy linked to lower father involvement
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Grandparents raising children need more support – these children have greater needs

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