A new study warns that repeated anger or hitting and violence, in addition to screaming in the face of children, can affect the composition of their brains in adolescence.
The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Montreal, Canada, reported And Stanford of America, according to what was reported by the “Daily Mail” newspaper, that children who have grown up with a rigorous upbringing suffer from small size of the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala, which are two parts of the brain that play a major role in emotional regulation and the emergence of anxiety and depression.
Less harsh methods
The researchers also mentioned in the study, that these harsh parenting practices are common and alarming, and are generally considered socially acceptable all over the world.
They hope that the results of the study will encourage parents to adopt less harsh methods when interacting. With their children.
Social and emotional impacts
As Dr. Sabrina Sufrin explained, large The study researchers that “the effects go beyond changes in the brain”, expressing their belief that repeated use of harsh parenting practices can harm a child’s development in general. With a clear negative impact on children’s social and emotional development.
This, and the researchers relied in their study on data from children who had been subjected to surveillance in a hospital since their birth in the early 2000s.
Parenting practices, child anxiety levels and brain scans were assessed annually while the children were between the ages of two and nine years old.
Victims of serious abuse
In conclusion, the results revealed that children who were exposed to higher levels of harsh parenting had a smaller prefrontal cortex and amygdala.
Sovereign described these results as “important and new of its kind, because it is bitter.” The first is that harsh parenting practices that do not amount to serious harm are linked to reduced brain structure, similar to what is observed in victims of serious acts of harm and abuse. ”
The researchers hope that the publication of these findings will encourage parents. On implementing less aggressive parenting strategies going forward.