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Researchers Evaluate Self-Regulation Curricula

Katie Rosanbalm and Christina Christopoulos learned first-hand about using children’s fascination with dinosaurs to make good things happen in the classroom. They spent two years using dinosaur puppets and other tools of the Incredible Years Dinosaur Classroom Prevention Program (IY Dina) to help preschoolers develop self-regulation, improve behavior and enhance social competence. Now the researchers have the opportunity to evaluate the program’s effectiveness on a large scale thanks to a $3.4 million, four-year grant awarded to them by the Institute of Education Sciences.

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Spank-then-Cuddle Parenting Increases Child Anxiety

Children who are subject to corporal punishment then lavished with parental warmth and affection suffer heightened anxiety and aggression, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. “Being very warm with a child whom you hit in this manner rarely makes things better,” said Jennifer Lansford, lead researcher on the project. “It can make a child more, not less, anxious.”

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