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The Upside of Economic Downturns: Better Childhood Health

For children, the benefits of being born in tough times can outweigh the costs.

Health Care

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Why You Should Be Alarmed About Pediatric Emergency Care in the U.S.

The vast majority of doctors working in emergency care have received only four months of training in pediatrics, and what they learned about treating full-grown adults rarely translates well.

ProPublica

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Meet the Groups That Are Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

Findings

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How to Design an Effective Plea for Donations

Two new studies suggest an image of a single needy child is most effective, so long as you avoid the temptation to go with the most photogenic victims.

The Law Won

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America’s Unseen Export: Children, Most of Them Black

The theories and policies that govern American adoptions are out of date. At least until they’re changed—to keep state and private agencies from applying the law in such a way as to prioritize heterosexual couples—you can expect the outgoing adoption industry to continue growing, raising important questions about race and rights.

It's Time to Celebrate

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Mothers (and Others) Can Make Good Fathers, Too

It’s time for a less strict and judgmental definition of what makes for a functioning family.

ProPublica

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Should We Take Away the Children of Those Who Are Mentally Ill?

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.”

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6-Year-Olds Know When You’re Making Sins of Omission, and They Don’t Like It

In a new study, kids gave lower ratings to teachers who left out key details about toys. And once misled, they inspected new toys more carefully.

True Crime

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Weird and Terrible Kidnapping Hoaxes

Perpetrators tell of wanting money, wanting to get lost, and wanting to be found.

Sociological Images

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Stay-at-Home Parenting Is on the Rise Because Mothers Can’t Find Work

Low-wage shift work rarely covers the cost of child care.

Quick Studies

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When Parents Go to Prison, Their Kids Pay the Price

There has been very little research into the effects of throwing the parents of more than a million children into prison.

Prospector

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Alien Baby: Is Your Zygote American Enough?

The complicated relationship between citizenship and genetics.

Prospector

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Why Do We Keep Kicking Kids Out of School?

In a zero-tolerance era, at least one principal, armed with studies that show how suspensions disengage students and funnel them into a “school to prison” pipeline, is taking a different approach.

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To Produce an Obese Adult, Call Them ‘Fat’ While They’re Still a Kid

Scientists discovered that young girls who were labeled as “fat” were more likely to grow into adults that the medical community labels as “obese.”

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What’s Wrong With Trying to Engineer Your Child’s Sexual Orientation?

Or, more specifically, what’s wrong with taking a steroid, while you’re pregnant, to try to increase the odds that your female fetus will someday grow up to be a straight woman who gives you grandchildren, and not a lesbian daughter more interested in puppies?

The Things We Eat

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Why So Many Children of Immigrants Are Going Hungry

Many people who qualify for government assistance are afraid to ask for it.

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Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Global Ideas Institute Leader Who Wants to Solve Food Insecurity Around the World

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The Law Won

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South Dakota v. Native American Parents: Why Are Children Being Separated From Their Families in Pennington County?

On reservations that have been described as “chaos” and “a swirling hell,” child welfare officials could have good intentions, but their efforts are still in clear violation of the Indian Children Welfare Act of 1978.

Prospector

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The Myth of Supervision: Child Safety Isn’t About You

Increased vigilance isn’t necessarily the best way to prevent child-safety issues and injuries.

Quick Studies

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Playing Make-Believe While Black

Are preschool teachers influenced in their evaluations of young children by race?

ProPublica

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A Stillborn Child, a Charge of Murder, and the Disputed Case Law on ‘Fetal Harm’

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

Five Studies

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The Kids Will Be All Right, Even Without the Nuclear Family

Gay, straight, single, divorced: Five studies that prove that the who of family matters a lot less than the how when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids.

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Could Kids’ Nightmares Turn Into Schizophrenia?

A new study shows that children with frequent nightmares are more likely to have psychotic experiences.

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Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

How Gay Men Feel About Aging

Coming to terms with growing old can be difficult in the gay community. But middle-aged men are inventing new strategies to cope.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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