Problems might last into early adulthood, study suggests
Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems — such as obesity — even into young adulthood, new research suggests.
And having one kind, caring parent doesn’t seem to counteract the effects of the harsh parent.
“Harshness, as we measured it, is always bad for kids. But it is particularly bad if the adolescent perceives high levels of warmth and support from the other parent,” said study lead author Thomas Schofield.
The researchers defined “harsh” parenting as angry, hostile and antisocial.
Until now, “we did not know if parenting that was harsh — while not falling into the category of abuse — could predict physical health,” said Schofield, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University.