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Does Weather Affect Your Child's Disposition?

Researchers explain the link between weather and children's behavior

Does weather change the way kids behave? We had only anecdotal evidence until Daniel Lagacé-Séguin and Marc-Robert d'Entremont, researchers at Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, examined the link between weather and children's behavior.

The researchers asked parents and teachers of 33 children ages 3 to 5 to rate those children over one month for such indicators as anxiety, aggressiveness, and helping behavior, which they then compared with weather data. They found that children who "typically exhibit positive social adjustment" (which is to say, act nice more often than not) are more likely to be disagreeable when the humidity is high.

But, good news, they also found that children prone to higher levels of "negative affect" (which is to say, not-nice behavior) acted better than usual when temperatures were pleasant and skies sunny.

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