March 25


Scientists Reveal Lax Parenting Links to Childhood Emotional Disorders

By Peter Julian

Mental health issues have sadly increased across all age groups over the last few decades. Studies have shown that it is extremely important that mothers and their children bond during the first few years of their life, as it allows a child to develop a level of protection from stress. It also allows them to develop a level of resilience when it comes to emotion. Cortisol levels were found to be raised in a majority of children who were put in day care compared to remaining at home with their mothers. Behavioral problems also tended to exist when the number of hours spent in child care increased. If you want to prevent your child from having emotional disorders, you can help by simply being there for them if possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • Almost five percent of American children have been diagnosed with either ADHD or a behavioral problem.
  • If more than one person acts as a baby’s “primary” caregiver, it can have a negative effect on the baby’s emotional stability and wellbeing.
  • Studies have shown that the children who spend the most time in daycare also have higher levels of cortisol and are more prone to misbehavior.

“Having another disorder is most common in children with depression. About 3 in 4 children aged 3-17 years with depression also have anxiety (73.8%). Additionally, almost 1 in 2 have behavior problems (47.2%).”

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