Adult Support Tied to Less Violence Among Teen Boys in Urban Areas

Among teen boys in poor urban neighborhoods, the presence of adult social support is linked to far fewer cases of sexual violence, youth violence and bullying, according to a new study published today in JAMA Network Open. Adult social support was also linked to more positive behaviors, such as school engagement and future aspirations.
The findings suggest that prevention efforts that focus on adult support can mitigate patterns of co-occurring violent behavior.

Teens Who Spend Three Plus Hours on Social Media More Likely to Have Internalizing Behaviors

Teens who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to report high levels of internalizing behaviors compared to adolescents who do not use social media at all, according to a new study.
The study examined the time adolescents reported spending on social media and two types of behaviors that can be indicators of mental health problems: Internalizing and externalizing, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Drinking Tea May Improve Brain Health

Regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers, according to a new study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS).
In particular, participants who consumed either green tea, oolong tea, or black tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had brain regions that were interconnected in a more efficient way.

Routine Sparring in Boxing Tied to Short-Term Cognitive Problems

Routine sparring in boxing can lead to short-term impairments in brain-to-muscle communication and decreased memory performance, according to a new study from the University of Stirling in Scotland.
The researchers evaluated boxers before and after a nine-minute sparring session in which the athletes traded punches without the aim of incapacitating each other.

Distractions Can Change Perceptions of What is Real

A new study shows that distractions might change our perception of what’s real, making us believe we saw something different from what we actually saw.
“We wanted to find out what happens if you’re trying to pay attention to one thing and something else interferes,” said Dr. Julie Golomb, senior author and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University. “Our visual environment contains way too many things for us to process in a given moment, so how do we reconcile those pressures?”
According to the study’s findings, sometimes we don’t.

Many Aging Chinese Immigrants Struggle With Depressive Symptoms, Health Issues

More than half of older Chinese-American immigrants experience depressive symptoms, which in turn may be linked to increased disabilities and chronic health conditions, according to two new studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
The studies examined the link between psychological well-being and the onset of disability and comorbid chronic medical conditions among a group of roughly 3,000 Chinese Americans age 60 and older.

Born Bad or Just Learned Behavior?

Are people born bad? Or do they learn bad behavior from people around them, which means that it is possible they may change for the better?
A new study shows that the way we perceive people’s bad behavior — as either biological and innate or potentially changeable — affects how we perceive and treat them.

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