NICHD issues News Releases and Media Advisories to the news media. Spotlight and Research Feature articles explain NICHD research findings and public health issues to the general public. An Item of Interest is a short announcement of relevant information, such as a notable staff change.
Violence is a leading cause of death for people 10 to 24 years old in the United States.1 In addition, nearly a million young people are treated for injuries each year as a result of physical violence, sexual assault, bullying, or self-harm.2 Youth violence also can cause long-term emotional and psychological harm.
School is a place for learning and socializing with peers. But for the 28% of students who report being bullied, school can be a scary place.1
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that is repeated over time and involves an imbalance of power (e.g., physical strength, popularity, or access to embarrassing information).
Bullying can be any or all of the following:
Countless factors, from family and environment to genes and biology, influence a child’s growth and development. Scientists in the NICHD’s Section on Child and Family Research study how these factors affect the physical, mental, and social development of growing children, along with their health and well-being.
Child abuse and neglect are serious problems in the United States, with an estimated 679,000 victims in 2012, according to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The NICHD is working to understand and prevent child abuse and neglect through federal partnerships and research support.
Exploring the effects of low-dose aspirin on fertility and pregnancy. Observing teen driving to develop interventions that prevent risky driving behaviors. Associating high-dimensional environmental exposure data with disease prevalence.
On December 5, 2012, the NICHD released the Scientific Vision: The Next Decade, the culmination of a collaborative process that began in 2011 to identify the most promising scientific opportunities for the Institute and the research community to pursue over the next decade. The Vision statement was made available during the NICHD’s 50th anniversary colloquium.
In 1961, Dr. Robert E. Cooke, the chair of the pediatrics department at Johns Hopkins Hospital and senior medical advisor to President John F. Kennedy, led a Presidential Task Force on the health and well-being of children. The task force submitted a report to the President pointing out the lack of research on the physical, intellectual, and emotional growth of children and recommending the establishment of an organization to investigate disorders of human development, including intellectual and developmental disorders (IDDs).