INdiana Systemic Thinking

December 21, 2007

New Research Reported at MSNBC

There are some good articles over on the MSNBC site concerning some research on children and parenting.

The first appears to show no difference between parenting styles of divorced and intact parents.

“It does parents a disservice to automatically assume that they will have problems after divorce,” Strohschein said. “That education and to a lesser extent income predict parenting behavior says much more about what makes a difference to parenting behavior.”

The second is about promising mice research in the treatment of autism.

“We believe that drugs which block mGluR5 have enormous potential for the treatment of fragile X and related developmental disorders, including many cases of autism,” said Katie Clapp, president and executive director of FRAXA.

The third found formal sex education delayed the loss of virginity in teens.

The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, did not determine if the type of program matters — that is, abstinence-only versus more-comprehensive programs.

However, the findings do suggest that having some form of sex education helps delay teen sex, according to the researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The fourth, conducted in Romania, found I.Q.’s were lower for children in orphanages, than children who were raised in foster care.

“The longer they stay in the institution, the worse their IQ,” said Dr. Charles Nelson III of Harvard Medical School, who led the study being published Friday in the journal Science.

“What we’re really talking about is the importance of getting kids out of bad environments and put into good environments,” Nelson said.

Fifth, there appears to be a resurgence of Syphilis in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2000, syphilis infection rates were so low that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention embarked on a plan to eliminate the disease. But about 9,800 cases were reported in 2006.

Finally, researchers think children with tantrums may be at higher risk for depression.

“If it gets to the point where the parent is uncomfortable leaving the house because they are so fearful their child will have tantrum, that should be a sign to the parent (to seek help)” he said.

(Blogmeister note on that last one…  Ya Think?)

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