Substance Abuse

Shame About Past Alcoholism Predicts Relapse and Declining Health in Recovering Alcoholics

Feeling shame about past instances of problem drinking may increase the likelihood of relapse and other health problems, according to a new study in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia, shows that behavioral displays More

Genetic roots of ‘orchid’ children

Science News: A Swedish expression that translates as “orchid child” refers to a youngster who blossoms spectacularly if carefully nurtured but withers badly if neglected. Scientists have now identified gene variants that may help to cultivate orchid children by heightening their sensitivity to both good and bad parenting. In a More

Genes May Contribute to a Child’s Bad Behavior, but Only When Parents Are Distant

Is bad behavior determined by a child’s genes? A new study has found that a particular gene has some influence on whether or not adolescents show alarming behaviors—but only if their parents aren’t keeping tabs on them. While this gene, which has been linked to alcoholism, has only a small More