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One in four girls is depressed at age 14, new study reveals

29 September 2017

New research using the Millennium Cohort Study shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14.

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Grandparents may have less influence on children’s development than previously thought

31 May 2017

Researchers have failed to find a causal link between children’s development and their relationships with their grandparents.

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Children who try smoking or drinking early are less well-adjusted

17 May 2017

Eleven-year-olds who have tried cigarettes or alcohol show signs of switching off from school and are more likely to get into trouble, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Mothers’ depression more harmful for children with poor cognitive ability, study finds

9 March 2017

Support for children with emotional and behavioural problems may be more effective if targeted at those with both cognitive difficulties and depressed mothers, new findings suggest.

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Older mothers have positive influence on children’s cognitive development, study finds

24 February 2017

Children born to older mothers tend to show the most cognitive ability nowadays, when in previous generations they typically showed less promise.

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Low birth weight less of a disadvantage for today’s generation, study finds

11 January 2017

The negative effect of low birth weight on cognitive ability has decreased dramatically for children born at the turn of the millennium, compared to the Baby Boomers and Generation X before them.

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Welfare benefits may boost children’s cognitive development

14 December 2016

More generous benefits for families in Britain may explain better test scores for some children compared to the United States, according to research using the National Child Development Study (NCDS).

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Hyperactive children at higher risk of psychological distress in adulthood, study shows

5 December 2016

Children who are hyperactive are more likely to report poor mental health when they are adults, according to findings from the National Child Development Study (NCDS).

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Children’s development boosted when parents supervise homework, according to new study

22 November 2016

Eleven-year-olds who have someone at home making sure they finish their homework before taking part in other activities, such as watching TV, score higher on cognitive assessments than those who do not.

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Psychological distress on the rise for younger generations as men feel the strain in middle age

10 October 2016

Generation X suffers poorer mental health in mid-life than the Baby Boomers before them, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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Rapid weight gain before age 5 could put children at risk of obesity in adulthood, study suggests

5 October 2016

Certain groups of children are more likely to gain weight quickly in their first few years of life, putting them at risk of adult obesity and associated health problems, according to new research.

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Boys much more likely to fall behind girls by the time they start school, report shows

24 August 2016

Almost a half of all boys did not reach the expected literacy standard in their reception year at school, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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