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Collated Mental Health News Items for 2008
Collated Mental Health News Items for 2008

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Prevention Of Early Childhood Behavioural Problems
A study from Melbourne investigated whether a parenting program, offered universally in primary care, can prevent behavioural problems in children and also improve parenting and maternal mental health.

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Posted:Mar 30, 2008

Signs Of Childhood Depression May Surprise
Monday, Mar. 17 (Psych Central) -- New research suggests the symptoms of depression among children are often different from those displayed by adults.
German scientists discovered children may not display signs of dejection or a lack of pleasure, two cardinal signs of mood disorders among adults. Depending on the age of the child, the dominant features of depression may be weeping, irritability or defiance.
The signs of depression in infants are often screaming, restlessness, and weeping attacks for no clear reason. Preschool children may behave irritably and aggressively, while schoolchildren may be listless and apathetic. The symptoms in adolescents become similar to those in adults.

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Posted:Mar 30, 2008

2020 Youth Summit
On 18 February the Rudd Government made an exciting announcement for Youth, inviting young people from around Australia to take part in the 2020 Youth Summit.
The 2020 Youth summit aims to harness the experience, ideas and enthusiasm of Australia's young people as the Australian Government is committed to young people being 'at the table' when the long-term challenges of our country are discussed. It will take place in Canberra on 12 and 13 April 2008 in the lead up to the Australia 2020 Summit.

100 young people (15 to 24 years of age) from across the country will discuss the ten critical areas on the agenda for the Australia 2020 summit, as well as options for the establishment of an ongoing Australian Youth Forum.
The ten critical areas of discussion are:
* Future directions for the Australian economy - including education, skills, training, science and innovation as part of the nation's productivity agenda;
* Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our cities;
* Population, sustainability, climate change and water;
* Future directions for rural industries and rural communities;
* A long-term national health strategy - including the challenges of preventative health, workforce planning and the ageing population;
* Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion;
* Options for the future of indigenous Australia;
* Towards a creative Australia: the future of the arts, film and design;
* The future of Australian governance: renewed democracy, a more open government (including the role of the media), the structure of the Federation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens; and
* Australia's future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world.

Nominations close COB Wednesday 5 March 2008. Anyone between the ages of 15-24 can nominate by visiting the Australia 2020 website and downloading the nomination form.

Anne Hugo
Information manager,
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies Private Bag 64 University of Tasmania Hobart Tasmania 7001
phone: +61 3 6226 2591
fax: +61 3 6226 2578

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Posted:Feb 28, 2008

Being Bullied Affects Kids Mental Health
Being bullied could take a toll on a kid's mental health.
A new study out of London's King College finds strong evidence that being bullied can lead to depression and anxiety. Doctors looked at identical twin pairs between the ages of seven and nine where only one of the siblings was bullied. They found the bullied twin showed significantly more symptoms of internalizing problems -- worrying, being withdrawn, and feeling overly guilty. Those symptoms, researchers say, increase the kid's risk of depression or anxiety disorders down the road. They say efforts to address bullying can be one-sided and parents and teachers need to look at the victims, too. The findings appear in this month's issue of the journal "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine."

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Posted:Feb 28, 2008

Close Ties Between Parents And Babies Yield Benefits For Preschoolers
ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2008) Having close ties with parents is obviously good for preschoolers, but what does that really mean? It means that the preschoolers are better able to control their own behavior by showing patience, deliberation, restraint, and even maturity. That's the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa.
The study found that children who had developed a close, positive, reciprocal, and mutually responsive relationship with their mothers in the first two years of their lives did much better in both respects--responding to their mothers' requests not to do something and regulating their own behavior--than children who hadn't developed such ties.
The researchers also explored how mutually responsive relationships between mothers and children worked. When mothers and babies develop this closeness in the first two years, the study found, mothers don't need to use forceful discipline later to get their children to do what they ask and refrain from other behaviors. And in turn, subtle control on the part of the mothers leads to better, more compliant, and more self-regulated behavior when the children are at preschool age.
"Most parents know that when they interact with their infant and young toddler, they are laying important foundations for the child's future development," according to Grazyna Kochanska, Stuit Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Iowa and the lead author of the study. "Now we have a better understanding of what that really means. Your investment in building a mutually responsive, positive, close relationship early on will generate considerable payoff several years later."
Journal reference: Child Development, Vol. 79, Issue 1, Mother-Child and Father-Child Mutually Responsive Orientation in the First Two Years and Children's Outcomes at Preschool Age: Mechanisms of Influence, by Kochanska, G, Aksan, N, Prisco, TR, and Adams, EE (University of Iowa).
The study was funded, in part, by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Posted:Feb 28, 2008

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