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Warm relationship with classroom teachers, friendship with peers may provide a unique opportunity for harshlyparented kindergarteners to retool their negative behaviour, a new study suggests.
Angry, threatening and highly-critical parenting can result in children with deiant, non-compliant and revengeful behaviour that spills over to adulthood and impacts relationships with all authority igures, the research team said. “Acceptance within one’s peer group creates opportunities for socialisation and a sense of belonging that acts as a buffer against the impact of harsh parenting,” said irst author Danielle Roubinov, assistant professor at the University of California. For the study the team looked at 338 kindergarteners in six public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
They found that 10 per cent of the children met the criteria for oppositional deiant disorder (ODD). Among this group, 71 per cent had been exposed to high levels of harsh parenting, versus 29 per cent who had been raised with lower levels of harsh parenting.
They discovered that when harshly-parented children were liked and accepted by their classmates — according to interviews with their peers and teacher reports — they exhibited fewer undesirable traits.