LESS AF­FEC­TION

CAN MAKE YOUR CHILD ANTI-SO­CIAL

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - HAVE YOU HEARD? -

Par­ents, take note. Your less af­fec­tion­ate and harsher be­hav­iour to­wards your chil­dren can make them ag­gres­sive and anti-so­cial, a new study has found. The find­ings sug­gest that less parental warmth and more harsh­ness in the home en­vi­ron­ment af­fect how ag­gres­sive chil­dren be­come and whether they lack em­pa­thy and a moral com­pass — a set of char­ac­ter­is­tics known as cal­lous-un­emo­tional (CU) traits. “The study con­vinc­ingly shows that parenting — and not just genes — con­trib­utes to the de­vel­op­ment of risky cal­lous-un­emo­tional traits,” said co-au­thor Luke Hyde, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan. “Be­cause iden­ti­cal twins have the same DNA, we can be more sure that the dif­fer­ences in parenting the twins re­ceived af­fects the de­vel­op­ment of these traits,” Hyde added. For the study, the re­search team in­volved 227 iden­ti­cal twin pairs. The re­searchers found that the twins who ex­pe­ri­enced stricter or harsher treat­ment and less emo­tional warmth from par­ents had a greater chance of show­ing ag­gres­sion and CU traits.

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