This week in parenting 28/5/16

Affectionless control parenting - being low in care but high in protection- has been found to impair the formation of a sense of self compared to optimal (high care, low protection) parenting.

Father's who suffered more distress postnatally and had less confidence in themselves as parents were found to be more likely to be hostile parents and have less consistency in their parenting when the children was 4 to 5 years old and have children with worse outcomes at age 8 to 9.

A study of African-American teenagers in public housing found that those who had father's with high levels of monitoring and encouragement had less depressive symptoms, more belief in their own abilities and less favourable attitudes towards deviance.

A gene polymorphism was identified that linked to positive parenting behavior, particularly in the presence of child-related stress and disruptive child behavior.

Parental hostility at the age of 12 was found to be linked to higher levels of exploitive narcissism at age 14 while parental monitoring was found to decrease this trait.

An insecure attachment was found to increase the effects of poor parenting in contributing to anxiety or depression in adulthood.

A systematic review found that co-parent conflict after separation was associated with more behavioral problems, anxiety, depression and somatization. Support, cooperation and agreement were also found to be linked to mental health, self esteem and academic performance.

Prenatal tobacco exposure has been linked to children having shorter telomeres. Shortened telomeres have been found to contribute to early aging and various health risks.

More controlling practices in parenting were found to decrease children's sense of coherence (sense to which they have a positive orientation towards their capacities, environment, future and life).


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