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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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Babies born at home are more likely to be breastfed, study shows

18 August 2016

Mothers are more likely to start breast feeding their babies and keep going if they give birth at home, according to research drawing on the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Family difficulties affect young children’s development more than moving home, study finds

19 July 2016

It is not moving home, but broader family circumstances that impact the wellbeing of children when they are in their early years, new research shows.

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Why is there a social divide in child obesity rates?

18 May 2016

Smoking during pregnancy and being overweight before becoming pregnant account for around 40 per cent of the social divide in childhood obesity rates.

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The changing behaviour of mixed ethnicity children

4 April 2016

Some groups of mixed ethnicity children experience an increase in behaviour problems as they are growing up, according to a new study.

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Premature babies ‘more likely’ to earn less as adults

2 September 2015

Children who are born prematurely not only tend to perform worse academically but also appear to accumulate less wealth as adults, according to a new study.

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Majority of fathers continue to see their child after separation, study finds

29 June 2015

More than four in five fathers still have contact with their child after they have separated from their partner, according to new research. However, dads who were more involved with parenting before a break-up are more likely to play a bigger role in their child’s future upbringing. The study, conducted by the University of Kent […]

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Children with two left feet are more likely to become sedentary adults, study finds

28 June 2015

People with good motor coordination at 10 years old tend to spend less time in front of screens – either computer or TV – in adolescence and middle-age. They are also more likely to be physically active in their early 40s.

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