Psychological science is a gold mine of useful information. The following nuggets were picked up from the pages of Monitor on Psychology - December 2017, a publication of the American Psychological Association. Interpretative remarks and comments are provided by Dr. Walsh. I hope you find them helpful to your life. Additions will be made as time permits.
We all know that divorce can be problematic, especially for the children of parted or parting parents. But did you know (dyk) that certain types of post-divorce family reorganizations are better for children than others? For instance, a Swedish national survey found that preschool children who share equal time with both parents tend to do noticeably better on measures of psychosocial and educational adjustment than children who reside mainly with one of their parents (see the journal Acta Paediatricia).
This counter-intuitive finding suggests that the needs of children of parting or parted parents for a primary residence may not be the same as those of their parents. All else being equal, children tend to benefit from similar access to both of their parents. Such access is reduced when parents choose to live separately. However, parting or parted parents who share custody equally may offset some of the harm caused by divorce by setting up a bi-nuclear arrangement in which their children share equal time with each of their parents.
Dyk that today's teens are less likely than teens in the past to engage in sex and drinking? This good news was reported as part of a survey reported in the journal Child Development that explored adolescent behavior from 1976 to 2016. Kudos to the parents and teachers who are helping today's teens live safer and more productive lives, and applause to the kids for following the lead of their parents and teachers.
We all know that playing tackle football has serious risks of injury, including brain trauma. But dyk that those who start playing tackle football before age 12 are at greater risk in later years for: a) depression; b) apathy; c) decreased executive function; and 4) behavioral regulation dysfunction?
According to the research, players who started tackle football before age 12 were 3 times more likely than players who started after age 12 to show signs of depression and were twice as likely to have problems associated with behavioral regulation, apathy, and executive function (see the journal: Translational Psychiatry).
In this light, touch and flag football look like sensible alternatives for parents of children younger than 12 who are eager to play football.
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