New tool assesses risk of depression in adolescence

Researchers develop tool that can help identify which young people will go on to experience a major depressive disorder when they reach 18 years.

Study shows teenage girls far more likely to self-harm

Girls shown as the new ‘high-risk’ group – sexism and poverty are linked to poor mental health and wellbeing among 14-year-old girls

Majority of adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active, putting their current and future health at risk

Globally, in 2016, 81% of 11- to 17-year-old school students did not reach WHO recommendations to do an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day

Teenagers less likely to respond to mothers with controlling tone of voice

Cardiff University study showed adolescents were less likely to want to engage with schoolwork when mothers spoke with a pressurising tone

Research shows puberty changes the brains of boys and girls differently

Findings indicate that there are opposite changes of brain activity in boys and in girls as they go through puberty.

Sharing goals – be careful whom you share with

If you want to achieve a goal, make sure you share your objective with the.

Study identifies possible genetic link between children’s language and mental health

Study demonstrates genetic effects but they need to be replicated in larger independent datasets to confirm the findings.

Frequent use of social media may compromise teenage girls’ mental health by increasing exposure to bullying and reducing sleep and physical exercise

First study to examine three mechanisms by which very frequent use of social media may harm mental health suggests efforts should be made to reduce young people’s exposure to harmful content, and the impact it has on healthy activities

Children born to older parents tend to have fewer behaviour problems

According to researchers at The Society For Research In Child Development

Offering children a wide variety and large quantities of snack food encourages them to eat more

Less focus on plate size and more on reducing quantity and variety of food key to getting children to snack less