• Covid-19: Children born during the pandemic score lower on cognitive tests, study finds  A longitudinal study of 672 children from Rhode Island that has run since 2011 had found those born after the pandemic began showed results on the Mullen scales of early learning that corresponded to an average IQ score of 78, a drop of 22 points from the average of previous cohorts. The researchers have largely ruled out a direct effect of the virus, as mothers or children with a history of testing positive for covid-19 were excluded from the analysis. Instead, the authors say, reduced interaction with parents and less outdoor exercise are likely culprits, along with effects that occurred during pregnancy. This fits with other research has hinted at behavioral effects in children born during the pandemic.  From: BMF.com (the British Medical Journal).  This article comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psychology posting service provided by Ken Pope, PhD.
  • Simple and practical things that parents can do to promote resilience in kids during the pandemic – Study of 224 kids and their caregivers finds both an increase in pandemic-related stressors and specific things that help: reducing passive screen time and news consumption, having a structured daily schedule and getting enough sleep. From: ScienceDaily.com
  • A Call to Revise the Diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder—Diagnoses Are for Helping, Not Harming – this article discusses the potential stigma of a diagnosis that may cover trauma-based “reactive behaviors”, which may be “normative reactions to trauma as an issue of self-control.”  The authors recommend use of diagnoses and terminology that directly describe either a behavior (eg, reactive, externalizing) or state (eg, dysregulated) rather than diagnoses and terms that imply an inherent disposition (eg, oppositional, defiant). From: JAMANetwork.com
  • Only 10 percent of kids with ADHD grow out of it as adults, research says – The study challenges a widely persistent perception of a time-limited condition occurring mostly in childhood, with the expectation that about 50% of kids “age out” of the diagnosis by adulthood.  The current study finds that about ninety percent still experience at least mild symptoms as adults, often as an “on-again, off-again condition” with symptoms fluctuating depending on life circumstances. From: WashingtonPost.com

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