In three separate studies with over 350 five- to 12-year-old white children, York University researchers found that children show an implicit pro-white bias when exposed to images of both white and black children. But the type of bias depended on what children were asked to do. The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of children's automatic racial attitudes.
Routine laboratory screening recommended for children entering foster care carries high costs and questionable medical benefits.
'...too many professionals involved in the adoption and fostering process are clinging on to traditional ideas of what constitutes a family...'
Participating in Head Start may help prevent young children from being placed in foster care, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University researcher.
A study has found a high number of women, who repeatedly appear before the family courts and lose many children into public care or adoption because of child protection concerns, have been in care themselves. 40% of the mothers had been in foster care or children's homes with a further 14% living in private or informal relationships away from their parents.
There is no major difference in the gender identity development of children raised by same-sex parents compared to those adopted by heterosexual couples. These are the findings of a new study in Springer's journal Sex Roles. Lead author Rachel Farr of the University of Kentucky says that the toys that children prefer to play with in their preschool years are much more tell-tale about whether they will grow up to conform to typical gender norms.
A North-South divide in the way children are dealt with by local authorities and the family courts has been uncovered by researchers from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University.
Experts at the University of Huddersfield are researching the emergence of a new style of family creation that sees couples 'adopt' embryos and, after the child is born, remain in contact with the donors and in many cases develop a special relationship with them.
The presumed sisterhood between young black women in the United States doesn't exist between the different classes. Young middle-class black women feel 'different' or even isolated. This also applies to women who grow up in biracial families or are adopted by a white family. Their connection to the white community alienates them even further from other black women, reports Colleen Butler-Sweet of the Sacred Heart University, in a study published in Springer's journal Gender Issues.
An important learning process is impaired in adolescents who were abused as children, a University of Pittsburgh researcher has found, and this impairment contributes to misbehavior patterns later in life. In a newly released study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Pitt Assistant Professor Jamie L. Hanson detailed the connection between impaired associative learning capacities and instances of early childhood abuse.