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Teens get an extra helping

11:31 AM, Mar. 27, 2013
New research shows that the more frequent families eat dinners together, the better teens fare emotionally.
New research shows that the more frequent families eat dinners together, the better teens fare emotionally.
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Parents have heard it for years: Family dinners help kids avoid risky behaviors and may even help them in school.

But new research shows that the more frequent these dinners, the better teens fare emotionally, says new research published last week in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

"The effect doesn't plateau after three or four dinners a week," says co-author Frank Elgar, an associate professor of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. "One is better than none, and all up the scale. The more dinners a week, the better." ...

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