Failing an exam led to higher risk of psychological problems and substance abuse for students
A new study shows that pupils who failed the final exam in upper secondary school more often saw their GP with mental health problems afterwards. They were also less likely to complete upper secondary school and pursue higher education.
Society is spending more and more money on mental health. Why aren't we getting any better?
The proportion of the population with depression – the most common mental illness – has remained unchanged for more than 30 years. One professor believes that we need to think about the issue in a completely new way.
Maternal behaviour may transmit mental health problems to children
Mental health issues and the personality trait of neuroticism may be transmitted from parents to children. But does this transmission occur through genes or upbringing and environment? A new Norwegian study sheds light on the subject.
Young people who drop out first and foremost need an adult who sees them
Nearly one in ten young people in Norway is both unemployed and not pursuing an education. A recent review of the literature suggests that the solution to help this population reconnect to society may be simpler than we thought.
Swedish men report less stress with longer paternity leave
Fathers who shared parental leave equally with their partner felt more secure in their parental role. They were also happier in their relationship, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg. Norwegian studies show similar results, according to researchers.
Shattering the myth that nice and quiet teenagers pose a danger sign
Is there cause for concern if a teenager is introverted and never does anything wrong? A new Norwegian study now shows that kids who were loners in their youth are doing surprisingly well. Researchers have been following them for 25 years.
Why are teenagers drinking less alcohol than before?
Far fewer adolescents in big cities are drinking alcohol. Four out of ten 13- to 17-year-olds reported being drunk in 2002. In 2015 that percentage had declined by half. A big part of the reason is that they have become more home- and school-oriented and hang out less with friends.
Young people probably less individualistic than their parents, despite having grown up in a far more individualistic culture
Being caring and taking care of each other was one of the most important ideals for 19 and 20 year old Norwegian youth in a recent study. When asked who inspires them they answered grandma, and the Norwegian teacher.
Researchers are worried: Documents missing in one fifth of the cases handled by the Norwegian Child Welfare Services
Researchers have gained unique insights into how Norway’s Child Welfare Services work and how they justify what they do. In one fifth of the cases studied, the researchers found no documents summarizing how the Child Welfare Services had handled the case.
Why adolescent girls have more health complaints than boys their age
Stress from schoolwork and low self-esteem can be reasons why girls in their mid-teens experience more subjective health complaints than teenage boys. A Norwegian study indicates that body dissatisfaction is less of a factor than anticipated.
Live normally despite a hole in heart
Children born with a hole in the wall between heart chambers are often viewed as sickly or feeble. But a new study shows that kids with this relatively common congenital heart defect are just as healthy as other children. A researcher claims we are doing them a disservice by pathologising them.
How do kids who excel in sports become real stars?
Certain children demonstrate a remarkable talent in sports at an early age. Why do some of them fade away, while others rise to the big leagues and earn millions doing so? Being born early in the year is a clear advantage, according to a Norwegian researcher.