Children are entering a fourth school year in a pandemic — expert advice for parents
As children head back for a fourth school year with COVID-19, many parents are hoping their kids will be able to enjoy a mostly normal school experience. But with new variants circulating and respiratory virus season on the horizon, many also have concerns and questions about what the new school year will look like.
Aug 22, 2022
Baby fever: UBC study finds advertising and social media can boost desire to have children
A new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business finds that viewing positive parent-child images in advertising and social media boosts empathic emotions, which in turn increases young adults desire to have children.
Feb 17, 2022
Kids too young for a COVID-19 vaccine? How to keep them safe
With the arrival of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Canada, and vaccines not yet approved for children under 12, what measures can parents take to protect kids who are not yet immunized?
Sep 28, 2021
8% of school-age children have thought about or attempted suicide
Eight in every 100 school-age children have experienced suicidal ideas and behaviours, according to one of the largest studies on childhood mental health.
Mar 13, 2020
Young children prefer to learn from people who are consistently accurate and confident
At a time when scams seem all around us and fake news appears to be on the rise, you might be relieved to know that even young children show some impressive skills when it comes to identifying poor sources of information, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.
Jan 29, 2020
New review highlights importance of good sleep routines for children
Sleep hygiene—which includes practices like providing a cool and quiet sleeping environment or reading before bedtime to help kids unwind—is increasingly popular among parents looking to ensure their children get a good night’s rest.
Dec 3, 2018
Halloween doesn’t have to be a horror for children’s teeth
Sweet treats are as much a part of Halloween as haunted houses, creative costumes and the Monster Mash. They’re fun to collect, but having that big bag of candy around the house for weeks after Halloween can’t be good for children’s oral health.
Oct 30, 2018
Good sleep helps set kids up for success in school: UBC expert
With back to school just a few weeks away, parents are looking to get their children back into more regular sleep schedules to ensure they’re ready for the start of classes.
Aug 22, 2018
Healthy relationships key to child well-being: UBC study
Children’s relationships with peers and adults have a greater impact on their well–being than socio-economic status, according to new UBC research.
Dec 4, 2015
Doing good is good for you: Volunteer adolescents enjoy healthier hearts
Giving back through volunteering is good for your heart, even at a young age, according to University of British Columbia researchers.
Feb 25, 2013
Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children
Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside.
Dec 26, 2012
UBC experts for Statistics Canada census on Canadian families and living arrangements
On Sept. 19, Statistics Canada will release their 2011 census report, which describes how families and living arrangements have changed in Canada over the last decade. UBC experts are available to comment on the report, which will be available at www.statcan.gc.ca at 8:30 a.m. EST.
Sep 18, 2012
Giving makes young children happy, UBC study suggests
If it is indeed nobler to give than to receive, it may also make you happier – even if you’re a toddler, according to a new study co-authored by three psychologists at the University of British Columbia.
Jun 19, 2012
Dads and kids’ safety: UBC study on injury prevention
Men can differ greatly from women in how they parent, especially during playtime. Fathers tend to think of themselves as less cautious than mothers, says Asst. Prof. Mariana Brussoni, lead investigator of the University of British Columbia study, Fathering and Injury Prevention.
Jun 12, 2012
Parents are happier than non-parents, new research suggests
New research by psychologists at three North American universities, including the University of British Columbia, finds that parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning from life than non-parents.
May 17, 2012
Exposure to antibiotics linked to severity of allergic asthma: UBC research
Widely used antibiotics may increase incidence and severity of allergic asthma in early life, according to a University of British Columbia study.
Mar 16, 2012
UBC, CFRI and BC Children’s researchers to lead $2.8-million project to reduce deadly infection in Bangladeshi mothers, children
Researchers from the University of British Columbia, Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) and BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) have won a $2.8-million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to improve the survival rate of Bangladeshi mothers, newborns and young children through the prevention of sepsis, a life-threatening form of infection in which the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria.
Dec 1, 2011
UBC professor named Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year
Clyde Hertzman, the director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and a professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, has been named Canada’s 2010 “Health Researcher of the Year.”
Nov 16, 2010
Children’s happiness linked to supportive environment outside the home: UBC study
Children who report having more support in their community are also more likely to have high self-esteem, optimism, overall health, happiness and less sadness, says a study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Sep 14, 2010