Children sometimes need psychological help, just like adults do. Treatment typically begins when parents, teachers or school counselors notice that children aren’t functioning as well as they could. Psychologists can help children cope with such problems as anxiety and depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents and stressful events like divorce or a parent’s death.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
Changing Diet and Exercise for Kids
When it comes to establishing healthy habits, you can teach children how to Act Boldly to Change Diet and Exercise (A.B.C.D.E.)
Facing the School Dropout Dilemma
This article seeks to complement and supplement the APA resolution on school dropout prevention with data from more recent research on child development, early childhood education, and social and emotional learning that helps to define the school dropout dilemma.
Confronting childhood obesity
Tips and resources for parents about helping their children make better decisions about what they eat to prevent childhood obesity.
Summer camp blues
Parents can play a big role in helping kids overcome feelings of homesickness at summer camp.
A collection of research studies with a real-world applications, designed to help children cope with such problems as depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents, and stressful events like bullying and suicide.
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What Parents Should Know About Treatment of Behavioral And Emotional Disorders in Preschool Children
An overview of important factors in diagnosing and treating behavioral and emotional disorders in young children, particularly from the perspective of the parents of such children.
Inactive children 'become middle-aged couch potatoes'
March 15, 2015, BBC News
Child mental health wait increases 'are horrifying'
March 1, 2015, BBC News
When kids think parents play favorites, it can spell trouble
February 23, 2015, NPR
Sibling bullying more common than schoolyard torment
February 20, 2015, NBC News
Kids who consume energy drinks show hyperactive symptoms
February 16, 2015, The Washington Post
Monitor on Psychology Articles
Pretend play may not drive child development as much as once thought
Daily temper tantrums aren't normal for preschoolers
Bringing books to life
Children today are more imaginative than in the 1980s, study suggests
Supporting every child's right to a healthy future
APA Offices and Programs
Children, Youth and Families
The Children, Youth and Families Office supports the work of the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families and serves as liaison with other APA divisions, related organizations, state associations and federal agencies.
Children's Mental Health
Mental health -- an essential part of children's overall health -- has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work, and in society.