The New York Times posted “Mindfulness for Children” on 10-28-17. This is part of their ongoing Well blog series, which provides excellent summaries of recent research and developments of interest to the general population interested in health issues. This article reviews potential benefits of mindfulness training for children, including helping them learn self-control, soothe themselves when anxious, and can promote positive attitudes.
Being overweight in childhood may heighten lifetime risk of depression, posted 5-18-17. Children who are overweight, as defined by a BMI between 25 and 29.9 (not “obese”) at age 8 or 13 years were found to have more than a 4-times increase in risk of lifetime MDD in comparison to children who were normal weight who went on to become overweight as adults.
From Medscape Psychiatry, Parent-Based Therapy Tops All Others for Disruptive Behavior, was posted on 5-4-17. This article reviews a study by the CDC which reviewed 64 studies of treatment for childhood disruptive behavior problems, and found that only group therapy focused on parenting skills and “individual parent behavior therapy with child participation” meet criteria as evidence-based therapies.
From the blog MedicalNewsToday.com, “Aggression disorder linked to greater risk of substance abuse,” was posted on 3-2-17. This article summarizes findings published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from a study of over 9,200 subjects.
“Moderate use of screens not associated with child behavior problems,” posted by Psypost.org on 2-7-17. Study finds that “moderate” (up to 6 hours per day!) is not a usually a problem, with only “negligibly small association” with depression and delinquency, usually for males.” There are no significant associations with risky driving, risky sex, substance abuse or restrictive eating. mhconcierge’s take: this info may be reassuring to parents, and may help them focus more productively on other behavioral concerns.