CLASS­ROOM BOND OFF­SETS EF­FECTS OF

HARSH PAR­ENT­ING

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

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.

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