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Researcher Melissa Maras

Schools Need Collaboration Instead Of Packaged Solutions For The Best Mental Health Programs

Top researchers throughout the country have developed mental health programs to address many of the most profound issues facing schools, including students’ disruptive and aggressive behavior, anger outbursts, anxiety, and suicide. However, according to University of Missouri researchers, many schools lack the capacity to access and fully adopt these programs. This lack of capacity hurts […]

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Twin Studies Reveal Genetic And Environmental Influences On ADHD Behaviors And Academic Achievement

Humans are not born as blank slates for nature to write on. Neither are they behaving on genes alone. Research by Lee A. Thompson, chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Psychological Sciences Department, and colleagues found that the link between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and academic performance involves a complex interaction of genes and environment.

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Transcendental Meditation Improves Standardized Academic Achievement

The Transcendental Meditation® technique may be an effective approach to improve math and English academic achievement in low-performing students, according to a new study published in the journal Education. The study was conducted at a California public middle school with 189 students who were below proficiency level in English and math. Change in academic achievement […]

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Teenager Marijuana Use Increases, Especially In 8th Grade, And Exceeds Cigarette Use In 12th Grade

Fueled by increases in marijuana use, the rate of eighth-graders saying they have used an illicit drug in the past year jumped to 16 percent, up from last year’s 14.5 percent, with daily marijuana use up in all grades surveyed, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF). For 12th-graders, declines in cigarette use […]

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Twin Study Helps Scientists Link Relationship Among ADHD And Reading And Math Achievement

Children with ADHD can sometimes have more difficulties on math and reading tests compared to their peers. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, used identical and fraternal twins to look at the genetic and environmental influences underlying ADHD behaviors, reading, and math skills in children in […]

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Unhappy Children May Turn To Risky And Potentially Damaging Life Style Choices

Young children who don’t like school are more likely to be involved in underage drinking and sexual activity. A study reported in BioMed Central’s open access journal Substance Abuse, Treatment, Prevention and Policy, has found that pupils’ general wellbeing and specific satisfaction with school were both associated with the incidence of risky behaviors. Check the […]

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