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Corporal Punishment in Children – What Does It Accomplish?

How Many Parents Spank Their Children? Gershoff reports that Straus and Stewart (1999) found that 94% of American parents spank their children by the ages of 3 or 4. Primarily they spank children up to age 5, one to two times per month. Gershoff notes too that the US Department of Health and Human Services (2001) indicated that 13 of every 1000 children are abused or neglected. Thinking that spanking leads to abuse, Gershoff investigated the effectiveness of spanking by conducting a meta-analysis.... more

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Dating at the Office: Fine, Bad Idea, or Really Bad Idea

More and more you hear about coworkers dating. For some, it’s just hard to meet new people, and after-work-socializing functions provide an easy way to do that. For others, at an after-work-event for the first time they see a relaxed, funny, or witty side of a coworker that suddenly makes that person attractive. For others, they have very specific areas of interest or expertise in both their work and personal life, are so work settings allow them to meet people with these same areas of interest.... more

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What’s the Difference Between Couples and Individual Therapy?

Basic Differences Between Couples and Individual Therapy Some look at couple and family therapy as primarily problem-focused (or tertiary prevention), while others see it as prevention-focused (primary or secondary prevention). Thus, working with parents to help them work collaboratively to gain control of teen acting-out behavior is a problem-focused intervention for that couple. However, it is a prevention-focused intervention for his/her 10 year old sibling, as we hope the parents will not... more

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The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better off Financially

The Case for MarriageWhy Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better off Financially by Linda J. Waite and Maggie GallagherReview by Richard Niolon This is an excellent source of information for the married couple on the benefits of marriage, and why it is not the same as “living together.” they provide a wealth of statistics, sound reasoning to explain them, and detailed readings into 100s of published studies to make sense of the impact of marriage. However, while the authors... more

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Economic Models of Parenting: Family Investments in Children’s Potential

Economic Models of ParentingFamily Investments in Children’s PotentialBook by Ariel Kalil & Thomas C. DeLeireReview by Richard Niolon This collection is unlike typical reviews of family research and theory. Traditionally, such reviews seem to fall into one of two camps. On the one hand, there are those that focus on behaviors of parents in specific types of families, for example, including studies on the impact of Authoritarian versus Authoritative Parental Style in divorced families.... more

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Parent and Family Types

Parent and Family Types The Influence of Parenting Style on Adolescent Competence and Substance UseArticle by Baumrind (1991) Journal of Early Adolescence 11(1) p. 56-95.Review by Richard Niolon Baumrind’s Model of Parenting Initially, Baumrind proposed three kinds of parents. Maccoby and Martin in the 1980s proposed a revised model, and Baumrind supported this. This is the model most people think of when they remember Baumrind. Based on their work, two factors or dimensions of parenting... more

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Dealing With Anger and Children

Why do Children get angry? Many things can make children angry, just as they do with adults, but parents often find dealing with angry children to be the most difficult part the parenting job. They feel everything from exhaustion to nerve wracking aggravation. Often parents and children get locked into a contest of wills, and the parent wins with a “Because I Said So” argument. Afterward, they doubt themselves as parents and feel guilty, ashamed, and inept. Many of us were taught as... more

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ADHD and Coping

Some parents and adults are hesitant to turn to medication. There are several things to try before trying medication if you are one of these parents or adults. However, even after medication, the following suggestions may still help. Tips for Teachers with ADHD Children Change where a child sits in the classroom to a place closer to the board or teacher’s desk, away from distractions such as the window and door, or closer to a student who can model on-target behavior and serve as a “study-buddy”... more

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Special Help for ADHD Adults

Adults with ADHD are a special case. They may have been diagnosed as a child with ADHD, or they may be discovering their condition for the first time as an adult, sometimes when they bring their own child to a doctor for an evaluation. Much of what was discussed before about medication is still applicable to adults, and some of the techniques noted for children in school might help adults in their careers. Likewise, some of the tips for handling ADHD children might be helpful for loved ones with... more

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ADHD – What you can do in addition to medication

What do we know about ADHD across the lifespan? ADHD is seen in 3-5% of children, and is the most common child diagnosis today. about 85% of those cases are boys and 15% are girls; however, Ingersoll argues that these estimates are based mostly on the hyperactive type of ADHD, and the inattentive type is under-estimated. there is a 10-35% chance a family member of an ADHD person will have it. heritability estimates (the percentage of the trait we think is genetically determined) are higher... more

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