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Supporting the Mental Health of Caregiving Grandparents

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study of grandmothers in the United States has revealed that grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren experience more depression and family strain than grandparents who are not primary caregivers. A growing number of families are now classified as ‘grand-families’ – over six million U.S. households have a grandparent living in the house. What helps them deal with the stress of caregiving? Read full article

Mindfulness Training at School Reduces Depression in Teenagers

<a href="/articles/mindfulness-training-at-school-reduces-depression-in-teenagers">Mindfulness Training at School Reduces Depression in Teenagers</a>

A study published last month in the Mindfulness Journal, found that a mindfulness program integrated into school hours, can prevent and reduce symptoms of clinical depression in high school students...The researchers found that six months after the study, the mindfulness students with clinical depression symptoms showed significantly greater reductions in depression compared to their control group peers. Read full article

Reducing Aggression by Teaching Teens that People Can Change

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When adults see media coverage of teens reacting aggressively to minor provocation, they often assume this behaviour is influenced by a teenager’s family background and experiences. And although a hostile family and school environment can contribute to aggressive behaviour, new research shows that the tendency of teens to act aggressively also depends on their belief about people’s ability or inability to change. This finding may help adults create education programs aimed at reducing violence and aggressive behaviour, and give parents important ideas on how to talk to children about people’s potential for change. Three key ideas for parents and teachers are included in this article. Read full article

Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression and Suicide

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Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teenager is contemplating suicide. In an article published this week in the quarterly journal, The Prevention Researcher, University of Cincinnati researchers described how positive connections can help offset these tragedies...The authors state that teen suicidal warning signs encompass three specific categories ... Read full article

Should I Worry About My Child's Tantrums?

<a href="/articles/should-i-worry-about-my-childs-tantrums">Should I Worry About My Child&#039;s Tantrums?</a>

Toddlers’ tantrums are exhausting for parents. Unsure of whether to ignore a tantrum, when to step in and calm a child, and dealing with judgemental stares from onlookers, parents with tantrum-prone toddlers often despair at the challenges they face. It is normal for young children to get very upset when they are frustrated, angry and disappointed and it is also very difficult for toddlers to calm down once they get very worked up. Northwestern University’s School of Medicine is developing a new assessment tool for paediatricians and parents called the Multidimensional Assessment of Preschool Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB). The MAP-DB is intended to help parents find out if their child’s tantrums could be an indicator of other problems. Read full article

Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens' Self Esteem

<a href="/articles/time-alone-with-fathers-boosts-teens-self-esteem">Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens&#039; Self Esteem</a>

Dads, men, male mentors, uncles, grandfathers are so important in the lives of children. Increasingly, research confirms what most of us already thought: men who spend focused time with their children make a valuable contribution to their kids’ happiness and psychological health. And the father effect is important for teenagers too...this research showed that teens who spent more one on one time with their fathers had higher levels of general self-worth, and higher levels of social competence. Read full article

I am a SAHM - My Experience of Depression

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2012/05/30/i-am-a-sahm-my-experience-of-depression">I am a SAHM - My Experience of Depression</a>

I found Yvette’s blog post last week about stay-at-home mothers and depression thought provoking. I am a stay-at-home mum and last year I was diagnosed with depression. It never occurred to me to link the two, however in the past few days I have given quite a bit of thought to the connection and the different pressures and expectations experienced by stay-at-home mothers compared with women who work outside the home. Read full article

Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/23/why-stay-at-home-mums-might-be-more-depressed-new-poll">Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll</a>

A Gallup poll in the United States of over 60,000 women found that mothers who stay at home with their kids, when compared with working mums, experience - more worry: 41% compared to 34%; and - more depression: 28% compared to 17%, as well as slightly more anger, stress and sadness.Today, I discussed this in more detail on Channel 9 show, Mornings. View the short video here and join the discussion: What do you think about these figures? Do you think as a society we need to get better at valuing parents who stay at home? Read full article

How Family Communication Influences Teen Depression

<a href="/articles/how-family-communication-influences-teen-depression">How Family Communication Influences Teen Depression</a>

Professor Nick Allen, at the School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, has conducted studies into the influence of family dynamics on depression in teenagers. Speaking at the Australian Psychological Society’s recent conference on Theory to Practice: Positive Development and Wellbeing, Professor Allen presented research that follows young teenagers from ages 12 to 18 and looks at family communication styles prior to the development of depression symptoms. Through early observations and then periodic follow up over several years, Professor Allen and his colleagues have identified patterns of adult and child communication that predict the likelihood of a teenager developing depression. Read full article

One in Twelve Teens Self Harm - Why, and Where to Get Help

<a href="/articles/one-in-twelve-teens-self-harm-why-and-where-to-get-help">One in Twelve Teens Self Harm - Why, and Where to Get Help</a>

With a new Australian study indicating that 1 in 12 adolescents self-harm, it’s important for parents and carers to keep informed about self-harm and what it can mean for their child ... Self-harm or self-injury refers to a person deliberately inflicting physical harm on themself to cope with or communicate their distress ...Why Do Children Self-Harm? Read full article