child development

Untruths told to children can elicit their compliance in the short term, but are associated with detrimental effects when the child becomes an adult, research led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) suggests[1]. The research team asked 379 Singaporean young adults whether their parents lied to them when they were children, how much they… Read more

Children who have experienced child abuse or neglect are four times more likely to develop serious mental illness, according to a study[1] from the University of Birmingham. Researchers studied GP records dating between 1995 and 2018 of 217,758 patients aged under 18 who had experienced, or were suspected to have experienced, childhood maltreatment or related concerns… Read more

A child’s desire to share becomes influenced by social norms around the age of eight, new research indicates. The extensive study – conducted on eight diverse societies across the world – examined children and adults’ behaviour when asked to respond to a set of specific sharing tasks. Researchers led by Dr Bailey House from the… Read more

The popular growth mindset theory, which argues that intellectual ability is not fixed but can be greatly changed, has little, or even a negative, effect on attainment, University of Edinburgh researchers report[1]. Psychologists who gauged the theory’s impact in the classroom concluded that improved textbooks and systematic study practices are more effective ways of boosting… Read more

Many behaviors may not be a product of who you are, but where you are, according to new research[1] with children from four countries. “We tend to think of qualities like patience as an innate part of who we are but virtually all of what we know about how these behaviors develop comes from children… Read more