Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers’ stress levels

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Yesterday I discussed arts as a mean to battle stress preschoolers from a lower social background can experience in school, now another option: improving child-teacher interactions. I have to admit, this study seems to me a great candidate for the ‘No shit, Sherlock’-prize of the week… although it’s a little bit more complicated than that.

From the press release:

A school-based intervention that promotes warm and caring interactions between a teacher and child can reduce the child’s stress in the classroom, a new study has found.

The intervention was designed for teachers of preschool-aged children and focused on fostering close teacher-child relationships through one-on-one play. Children who participated in the intervention showed reduced levels of the hormone cortisol, an indicator of stress, said Bridget Hatfield, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and lead author of the study.

Researchers believe it…

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