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Child’s cognitive skills linked to time spent with mother

Child’s cognitive skills linked to time spent with mother | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Extending free childcare will not change parents’ work patterns, study suggests
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Mind healing: How to tackle anxiety in your teenage daughter

Mind healing: How to tackle anxiety in your teenage daughter | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
A recent government survey of more than 30,000 UK teenagers found that more than a third of teenage girls —
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This article covers research which uses data held by the UK Data Service.

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Is there anything which can make men do housework – even if they are out of work?

Is there anything which can make men do housework – even if they are out of work? | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Who does most of the housework in your house and would that change if your spouse was out of work? The findings of a study at the University of Essex may surprise you (or not). Sheena Grant reports.
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Parents ‘tax’ school-age children who take part-time work

Parents ‘tax’ school-age children who take part-time work | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Pocket money often reduced, while study shows gender pay gap begins with teenagers
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Free nursery places at age three 'do not boost a child's education'

Free nursery places at age three 'do not boost a child's education' | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
A new study found that by the age of seven there were no differences in school achievement between pupils who had previously taken up the free places and those who hadn’t.
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How money could make couples happier – but more likely to split 

How money could make couples happier – but more likely to split  | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
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Fifth of UK couples close to break-up - Relate study - BBC News

Fifth of UK couples close to break-up - Relate study - BBC News | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Almost one in five (18%) of couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests.
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Brexit would drive high-achieving EU students away from UK, study shows

Brexit would drive high-achieving EU students away from UK, study shows | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Leave vote would inflict serious damage on British universities and science industries, claim authors of study
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​Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to want to go to university

​Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to want to go to university | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents - such as visiting museums and art galleries - are likelier to want to go to university, according to new research. The study shows thos
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Black Caribbean men share housework more equally than white counterparts - Workingmums.co.uk

Black Caribbean men share housework more equally than white counterparts - Workingmums.co.uk | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
New research shows Black Caribbean men share more equally house hold duties. Click to read the full article on Workingmums.co.uk
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Skipped middle: Britons in 50s 'losing wealth to old and young relatives'

Skipped middle: Britons in 50s 'losing wealth to old and young relatives' | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Middle-aged parents will see inheritances diminish as their parents help grandchildren and spend on elderly care
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Our boys need to be rescued, and it’ll take a new kind of role model | Gaby Hinsliff

Our boys need to be rescued, and it’ll take a new kind of role model | Gaby Hinsliff | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Why do we encourage them to believe school’s not cool? With far fewer jobs in industry, poor kids will fall further behind if they think education doesn’t matter
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Kids Using Social Media 'More Likely To Be Unhappy With Appearance'

Kids Using Social Media 'More Likely To Be Unhappy With Appearance' | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
They're also more likely to fight with their parents.
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Down the Generations - BBC Radio 4

Down the Generations - BBC Radio 4 | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
As the Second World War drew to a close, the German army effectively blockaded parts of the Netherlands. Food supplies dried up and calorie intake fell to 600 per day in some areas. People starved - the only example of a widespread famine in 20th century Europe. Babies born to mothers who were pregnant during the famine tended to have a low birth weight. And those children, as they grew up, had more health problems than those in the womb before and after the famine. That in itself isn't surprising. But what is surprising is that many of the ill-effects took decades to emerge. Babies who were born apparently healthy, and were still fine at 18, were more likely to suffer from diabetes and schizophrenia and cardiovascular problems in later decades. And by the time they reached their 50s, the famine babies were more likely to be unemployed.

How bad the effects are often depends on how developed the foetus was when the famine struck. Babies malnourished in the first trimester tended to have normal birthweights, while those malnourished in the third trimester were born small. But here's the kicker: when the apparently normal babies grew up, they as mothers were more likely to have heavier than average babies. Something is being passed down the generations.

The Dutch "Hunger Winter" study is just one of many studies where economists, as well as health researchers, have made discoveries from looking at the big data sets which arise from "natural experiments" such as famines.

Kat Arney asks, from an economic point of view, would we be better off investing in people's health in the nine months before they are born, rather than playing catch-up later?
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Volunteering boosts mental health and wellbeing in later life

Volunteering boosts mental health and wellbeing in later life | ISER in the news | Scoop.it

Choosing to volunteer later in life can improve a person’s wellbeing and support good mental health, research has revealed.


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This article references research undertaken as part of the Household Longitudinal Study - 'Understanding Society' which is funded by the ESRC.

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Researchers from the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre studied more than 66,000 responses from British adults to from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), now part of the UK Household Longitudinal Study called 'Understanding Society'.
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Free childcare 'has made no improvement in primary school exam results', research shows

Free childcare 'has made no improvement in primary school exam results', research shows | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
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One in five couples 'close to break up', report finds

One in five couples 'close to break up', report finds | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Nearly three million people in Britain are in "distressed" relationships where they regularly argue or consider divorce, a new report has found.

The stresses of parenting and financial pressures are heaping strains on relationships, leaving 1.4 million families "at breaking point", the study warned.
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One in five couples struggling in a 'distressed relationship'

One in five couples struggling in a 'distressed relationship' | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
The charity Relate has warned that too many couples in the UK are suffering the 'social and human cost' of domestic strife, as it launches its first ever public appeal for donations.
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Britain will lose brightest grads in Brexit, study claims

Britain will lose brightest grads in Brexit, study claims | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Britain will miss out on some of the best and brightest graduates if the country votes to leave Europe, new research claims.
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Effect of national minimum wage 'similar to prescribing antidepressants'

Effect of national minimum wage 'similar to prescribing antidepressants' | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
A new study finds that low-paid workers who received the national minimum wage in April 1999 reported a decline in symptoms of depression for at least 22 months afterwards.
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Forget the gossip about IDS and Osborne. Disability cuts are devastating families | Aditya Chakrabortty

Forget the gossip about IDS and Osborne. Disability cuts are devastating families | Aditya Chakrabortty | ISER in the news | Scoop.it
Sick people like Paul Chapman face a benefits system that is either broken or inhumane
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Pioneering study finds Black Caribbean men best at sharing housework in Britain

LONDON, Feb 8, CMC – A pioneering study conducted here has found that Back Caribbean men are the most assiduous in sharing household chores.
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