Financial woes upset parent-child bondDecember 8th, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) Individuals upset by financial problems may feel a disconnect with their children, affecting the kids in negative ways.
“The study serves as a reminder that children’s behaviours are affected by issues beyond their immediate surroundings,” said Gustavo Carlo, professor of human development and family studies at the Missouri University, who led the study.
“Families’ economic situations are affected by broader factors in our society, and those financial problems can lead to depression that hurts parent-child relationships,” added Carlo, the Journal of Research on Adolescence reports.
Unlike previous research focusing on high-risk and low-income families, Carlo and his colleagues studied middle- to upper-middle-class families, according to a Missouri statement.
Parents and children answered questions about economic stress, depression and connectedness between parents and children. A year later, the children reported how often they helped strangers, family members and friends.
“Even middle-class families are having financial difficulties, and it’s affecting their ability to be effective parents,” Carlo said. “When parents are depressed, it affects their relationships with their kids.”
Carlo suggests that depressed parents ought to seek treatment from a mental health professional. Parents also can seek help from their spouses, families, friends and other community agencies.
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