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Binge Eating Severity Found to be Directly Related to Severity of Childhood Sexual or Emotional Abuse

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is an eating disorder in which an individual eats large quantities of food, usually very quickly. However, unlike Bulimia, the person does not “purge” the food by vomiting, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise. A recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders by clinical psychologist David M. Dunkley and […]

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“Coach Yelled at Me!”

Summer is almost here, and with it come the ill-fitting baseball uniforms, iodine swabbed skinned soccer knees, and a load of sports uniform laundry that will keep the washer going continuously until September.  Legions of children sign up for summer sports across the country and enjoy the benefits of exercise, fresh air, and personal goal-setting and […]

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Parental Suicide Increases Rate of Suicide and Psychiatric Disorders in Children

In the May 2010 issue of The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the results of a large study at John Hopkins Children’s Center reveals that the suicide rate in children and adolescents who have a parent who also commited suicide is much higher. These children and adolescents also have a much higher rate of suffering […]

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At-Risk Children who Display Self-Regulation of Behavior have Better Academic Performance

A new study to be published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly by Michaella Sektnan reveals that at-risk children who are better able to control their impulsive thoughts and behaviors have better academic performance in reading, mathematics, and vocabulary. Sektnan used data on 1,298 children from birth through the first grade from the National Institute of […]

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Current Criteria for Diagnosing Eating Disorders May Exclude Sickest Patients

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has found that many patients who do not meet full criteria for Anorexia Nervosa or Bulemia Nervosa are still extremely imparied, and the diagnosis they now receive, “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,” may delay their ability to get treatment.  The study’s […]

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When fears turn to phobias

Bees, costumed characters, germs, thunderstorms: what do they have in common? They all have the potential to cause fear and anxiety in both children and adults. Childhood fears are commonplace, in fact, psychologists view it as not typical if a child experiences no fears or worries during the course of their development. Childhood fears help […]

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Rethinking ‘‘Generation Me’’

In a scientific analysis of approximately one-half million high-school seniors over three decades,  Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are no more egotistical – and just as happy and satisfied – as previous generations. “We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same […]

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