What are some findings of child development research?


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Men are less apt to perceive talking to infants as beneficial; the more positive a relationship a parent has with her mother, the more likely she is to perceive talking to infants as worthwhile; and children in foster care are three times more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Compared to adolescents and adults, children rely on the ethics associated with autonomy and less on the ethics related to community.

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Recent findings that were presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2015 National Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C. indicate that there is a strong correlation between foster care and an ADHD diagnosis. After reviewing Medicaid outpatient and prescription drug claims from multiple states across the United States in 2011, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that children in foster care were just as likely to have prescriptions for ADHD medication, but that they also were more likely to receive psychological care simultaneously. Moreover, children in the foster care system were more likely to have concurrent disorders, such as depression, oppositional defiance disorder and anxiety, than their peers not in foster care.

Of children enrolled in Medicaid between the ages of 2 and 14, those in foster care received a diagnosis of ADHD at a rate of 1 in 4, whereas youth not in foster care received the same diagnosis at a rate of 1 in 14.

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