Bad Economic News Linked to Harsh Parenting
|November 14, 2013||Posted by Staff under Health|
New research finds that anxiety caused by the 2008 economic crash led many mothers to switch to a less-nurturing parenting style.
This 2013 excerpt of Pacific Standard, Aug 5, is by Tom Jacobs.
Stress and worry caused by the 2008 crash led many mothers to have less patience with their kids.
Harsh parenting was not positively associated with high levels of unemployment, but rather with increases in the unemployment rate and declines in consumer sentiment; the anticipation of adversity was a more important determinant of harsh parenting than actual exposure.
Mothers engaged in significantly more harsh parenting behaviors following a 10 percent increase in their city’s unemployment rate.
Unfortunately, this dynamic was not easily reversed: Improvements in the local economy “were associated with much smaller, statistically insignificant changes in harsh parenting.
These results were limited to the approximately 50 percent of the women studied —- those who fit a specific genetic profile that makes them more sensitive to changes in their environment. Their genetic variation has been linked to poorer efficiency of the brain’s dopamine system, which regulates aggression and impulsivity.
Some people are “orchids” who wilt in poor conditions, while others are “dandelions” who can survive no matter what.