By Anne Dachel
The phony science never ends.
I just finished a piece about a new study blaming social media for kids with falling IQ scores all over the world. CNN covered it.
It seems that when anyone in the scientific/medical community uses the term environmental cause today, it really something social, not some toxic exposure like cigarettes causing lung cancer.
The IQ findings go hand-in-hand with another official explanation for all the kids with chronic illnesses, behavioral/mental health problems, learning problems. There the blame is place on adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as toxic stress/childhood trauma. It’s all the bad stuff happening to kids at home.
In case anyone is still looking for answers, here’s the newest “environmental” reason for kids today being so different from children in the past: it is the “overcontrolling parent” at fault for all those with emotional problems. Not only that, but these ‘helicopter’ parenting “seems to be increasingly prevalent.”
June 18, 2018, WebMD: How 'helicopter' Parenting Impedes a Child's Development
Overcontrolling moms and dads -- so-called "helicopter" parents -- can stunt their children's emotional development, new research warns.
Directing every move a toddler makes may undermine a child's ability to manage their emotions and behavior on their own, explained Nicole Perry, lead author of a new study.
"We found that overcontrolling parenting at age 2 was associated with poorer emotional and behavioral regulation at age 5," said Perry, a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development.
At age 10, this parenting approach also was tied to more child-reported emotional and school problems, fewer teacher-reported social skills, and less teacher-reported academic productivity, she added.
Parents play a critical role in helping their children learn to manage their emotions and behavior independently, Perry said. Children need a sensitive parent to help guide them through "emotionally taxing situations." At other times, the parent may need to hold back.
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While the researchers only found an association, rather than a cause-and-effect link, they determined that 2-year-olds exposed to this kind of parenting ended up less able to regulate their own emotions and behavior by age 5. That upped the risk for emotional problems at age 10.
Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, said helicopter parenting seems to be increasingly prevalent.
Twenge, who wasn't involved with the study, suggested it may explain why today's teens often seem unprepared for the challenges of approaching adulthood.
I can’t image how much more blame can be heaped on mom and dad.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.