Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants, or handle them roughly, may be inadvertently harming their babies’ psyches, new research suggests. This type of “negative ” results in aggressive, defiant kindergarteners and even affects adult behavior, the researchers said.
“Before the study, we thought it was likely the combination of difficult infant temperament and negative parenting that put parent-child pairs most at risk for conflict in the toddler period,” study researcher Michael Lorber, of New York University, said in a statement. “However, our findings suggest that it was negative parenting in early infancy that mattered most.”
‘Negative Parenting’ Starts Aggressive Personalities Early
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