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3 May

A study in Nature Neuroscience suggests that pregnancy can make long-term changes in women’s brains that may improve their parenting. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(3), pp. 13-14)



18 Aug

Warm parents seem to buffer children and teens (ages 9 to 17) from the negative effects of daily stress and strain. ( In brief. Warm parents, healthy teens. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December, p. 10)


26 Mar

Here’s more on spanking- Although there may be circumstances in which spanking isn’t harmful, studies, past and current, have found that spanking predicts negative changes in behavior. Moreover, no study shows that spanking improves adjustment. So, the best policy is not to spank. (Moyer, M. W. What science really says about spanking. Scientific American Mind, 2016, 27(5), p. 12)


23 Mar

The results of a meta-analysis of more than 50 years of research links spanking with children’s becoming more aggressive and less successful. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, 47(7), p. 13)