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Bibs & bobs — 18 November 2019

By Mums At The Table 1 min read

Want better lung health for your child? Avoid this | New research on teens, social media and anxiety | Avoid speaking like this if you want your teen to listen

Want better lung health for your child? Avoid this

Pregnant women exposed to higher levels of the commonly used chemical bisphenol A (BPA) are more likely to have children who suffer with wheezing and poorer lung function, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. BPA is one of a group of chemicals called phenols that are used in the manufacture of food containers, cans, plastic bottles, toys and some types of paper.Science Daily

New research on teens, social media and anxiety 

New research led by Sarah Coyne, a professor of family life at Brigham Young University, found that the amount of time spent on social media is not directly increasing anxiety or depression in teenagers. Mental health is a multi-process syndrome where no one stressor is likely the cause of depression or anxiety. This study shows that it is not merely the amount of time spent on social media that's leading to an increase in depression or anxiety among adolescents.—Brigham Young University

Avoid speaking like this if you want your teen to listen

Teenagers are less likely to cooperate and put effort into their mother's requests when they are said in a controlling tone of voice, researchers have found. Lead author of the study Dr Netta Weinstein, from Cardiff University, said: "If parents want conversations with their teens to have the most benefit, it's important to remember to use supportive tones of voice. It's easy for parents to forget, especially if they are feeling stressed, tired or pressured themselves." The study showed that subjects were much more likely to engage with instructions that conveyed a sense of encouragement and support for self-expression and choice.Cardiff University