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BMC Pediatrics

Behavior and development

Section edited by Paramala Santosh

This section considers studies of behavioral and developmental disorders in children and adolescents.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are frequently at risk of long-term impairments of attention and executive functioning but these problems are difficult to predict. Although deficits have been report...

    Authors: Amy A. Wilkinson, Maureen Dennis, Nevena Simic, Margot J. Taylor, Benjamin R. Morgan, Helena Frndova, Karen Choong, Craig Campbell, Douglas Fraser, Vicki Anderson, Anne-Marie Guerguerian, Russell Schachar and Jamie Hutchison

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:173

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Negative peer experiences may lead adolescents with overweight and obesity to be less active and engage in more sitting-related behaviors. Our study is among the first to empirically test these associations an...

    Authors: Jodie A. Stearns, Valerie Carson, John C. Spence, Guy Faulkner and Scott T. Leatherdale

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:170

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Bullying and cyberbullying are common phenomena in schools. These negative behaviours can have a significant impact on the health and particularly mental health of those involved in such behaviours, both as vi...

    Authors: Leonardo Bevilacqua, Nichola Shackleton, Daniel Hale, Elizabeth Allen, Lyndal Bond, Deborah Christie, Diana Elbourne, Natasha Fitzgerald-Yau, Adam Fletcher, Rebecca Jones, Alec Miners, Stephen Scott, Meg Wiggins, Chris Bonell and Russell M. Viner

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:160

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Twenty-to-forty percent of women experience postpartum depressive symptoms, which can affect both the mother and infant. In preterm infants, daily skin-to-skin contact (SSC) between the mother and her infant h...

    Authors: Kelly H. M. Cooijmans, Roseriet Beijers, Anne C. Rovers and Carolina de Weerth

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:154

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Extant research has demonstrated that parenting behaviour can be a significant contributor to the development of brain structure and mental health during adolescence. Nonetheless, there is limited research exa...

    Authors: J.G. Simmons, O.S. Schwartz, K. Bray, C. Deane, E. Pozzi, S. Richmond, J. Smith, N. Vijayakumar, M.L. Byrne, M.L. Seal, M.B.H. Yap, N.B. Allen and S.L. Whittle

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:153

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  6. Content type: Research article

    This study examined the frequency of and differences in sedentary bouts of different durations and the total time spent in sedentary bouts on a weekday, a weekend day, during school hours, during after-school ...

    Authors: Maïté Verloigne, Nicola D. Ridgers, Mai Chinapaw, Teatske M. Altenburg, Elling Bere, Wendy Van Lippevelde, Greet Cardon, Johannes Brug and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:147

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Social protection interventions, including cash grants and care provision have been shown to effectively reduce some negative impacts of the HIV epidemic on adolescents and families. Less is known about the ro...

    Authors: Lorraine Sherr, Ana Macedo, Mark Tomlinson, Sarah Skeen and Lucie Dale Cluver

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:123

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  8. Content type: Review

    Various international laws and guidelines stress the importance of respecting the developing autonomy of children and involving minors in decision-making regarding treatment and research participation. However...

    Authors: Petronella Grootens-Wiegers, Irma M. Hein, Jos M. van den Broek and Martine C. de Vries

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:120

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  9. Content type: Research article

    There is a high risk that young children who show early signs of mental health problems develop symptoms in the same or overlapping areas some years later. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is...

    Authors: Berit M. Gustafsson, Marie Proczkowska-Björklund and Per A. Gustafsson

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:110

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Prevalence estimates internationally suggest that many preschool-aged children (3–5 years) are insufficiently physically active and engage in high levels of screen-based entertainment. Early childhood is the d...

    Authors: Dylan P. Cliff, Jade McNeill, Stewart Vella, Steven J Howard, Megan A. Kelly, Douglas J. Angus, Ian M. Wright, Rute Santos, Marijka Batterham, Edward Melhuish, Anthony D. Okely and Marc de Rosnay

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:95

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Social inclusion is a common focus of listening and spoken language (LSL) early intervention for children with hearing loss. This exploratory study compared the social inclusion of young children with hearing ...

    Authors: Gabriella Constantinescu-Sharpe, Rebecca L. Phillips, Aleisha Davis, Dimity Dornan and Anthony Hogan

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:74

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing global acknowledgement that improving child survival rates is no longer sufficient. Emphasis is shifting to the improvement of health and developmental trajectories in early childhood. Scree...

    Authors: Alastair van Heerden, Celia Hsiao, Beatrice Matafwali, Julia Louw and Linda Richter

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:55

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    IQ deficits are linked to even mild obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in children. Although OSA is commonly first diagnosed in the pre-school age group, a randomised trial is still needed to assess IQ outcomes af...

    Authors: Karen A. Waters, Jasneek Chawla, Margaret-Anne Harris, Carolyn Dakin, Helen Heussler, Robert Black, Alan Cheng, Hannah Burns, John D. Kennedy and Kurt Lushington

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:47

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The Triple P parenting programme has been reported to improve child mental health at population level, but it consumes substantial resources. Previous published work has suggested improvements in whole populat...

    Authors: Louise Marryat, Lucy Thompson and Philip Wilson

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:40

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Infant HIV infection is associated with delayed milestone attainment. The extent to which effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents these delays is not well defined.

    Authors: Sarah Benki-Nugent, Dalton Wamalwa, Agnes Langat, Kenneth Tapia, Judith Adhiambo, Daisy Chebet, Helen Moraa Okinyi and Grace John-Stewart

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:24

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders observed in childhood and adolescence. Its key symptoms — reduced attention, poor control of impulses as well as incre...

    Authors: Valentin Benzing and Mirko Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2017 17:8

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  17. Content type: Research article

    To create a self-reported, internet-based questionnaire for the assessment of suicide risk in children and adolescents.

    Authors: I. Flamarique, P. Santosh, A. Zuddas, C. Arango, D. Purper-Ouakil, P. J. Hoekstra, D. Coghill, U. Schulze, R. W. Dittmann, J. K. Buitelaar, K. Lievesley, R. Frongia, C. Llorente, I. Méndez, R. Sala, F. Fiori…

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2016 16:213

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Father–child interactions are associated with improved developmental outcomes among infants. However, to the best of our knowledge, no study has addressed the effects of paternal involvement on the neurodevelo...

    Authors: Minjeong Kim, Su-Kyoung Kang, Bangsil Yee, So-Yeon Shim and Mira Chung

    Citation: BMC Pediatrics 2016 16:212

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