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Children and adolescents

Young Somali girls want modern circumcision

Attitudes toward traditional circumcision are changing in Somalia, but new forms may be replacing the old.

Three out of four institutionalized children are severely mentally ill

A new report reveals that 76 percent of children and adolescents who live in Norwegian child welfare institutions have serious psychiatric diagnoses. Only 38 percent report that they receive appropriate psychiatric help.

Girls are better than boys are at regulating their own behaviour

Girls with wealthy and highly educated parents score the highest on self-regulation tests. Researchers believe boys and girls may be given unequal attention - both by parents and day care staff.

How do kids who excel in sports become real stars?

Certain children demonstrate a remarkable talent in sports at an early age. Why do some of them fade away, while others rise to the big leagues and earn millions doing so? Being born early in the year is a clear advantage, according to a Norwegian researcher.

ADHD medication enhances the risk of heart problems in children

A new Danish study indicates that children recieving ADHD medication have a higher risk of getting heart problems.

Parents benefit from their child attending therapy

In a new study, researchers demonstrate parents’ emotional response to the therapy their child receives.

Youths harmed by others' terrifying experiences

A study shows that youngsters can develop post-traumatic stress symptoms from incidents they have only been exposed to through the media. The risk increases if the person has been subject to violence or abuse in early life.

Children in rural areas less affected by parental background

Parents' educational levels are important for children's grades and educational choices. But in rural Norway it seems to mean less.

Suicide linked to loneliness in childhood

Boys who have spent large parts of their childhood in loneliness are exposed to a higher risk of suicide in later life, according to Swedish study.

Talks help children with dysfunctional parents to cope

Children with parents suffering from addiction or mental health issues are often faced with great challenges in their everyday lives. Conversation and information may help them to deal with the difficulties.