Research Finds Parenting Style Affects Children in Unexpected Ways
Is your parenting style making your child sick?
A growing body of research is finding that the way parents relate to their children affects more than their mental and emotional health. It also has an impact on their physical well-being.
In a recent study, researchers compared five separate parenting styles. One in particular—called poor monitoring and supervision—was associated with higher levels of inflammation and an overactive immune-system response in the children. Although both are risk factors for certain conditions such as cardiovascular disease, the research would have to follow the children for many years to know if they had an increased chance of developing such disorders.