Good Idea for Parents to Play With Their Kids as It Boosts Children's Mental Health

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM Child Health News
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A new study has pointed out that when parents play with their kids or spend quality time, they are actually protecting their kids from risks of personality disorders later in life.
 Good Idea for Parents to Play With Their Kids as It Boosts Children's Mental Health
Good Idea for Parents to Play With Their Kids as It Boosts Children's Mental Health

The research said that spending time with a child by reading with them, helping with homework or teaching them organizational skills helps to foster better psychological health in adulthood.

"The strong interpersonal connectedness and social skills that children learn from having active, healthy engagements with adults fosters positive psychological development. With it, a child develops his or her affiliation system - their connection to the world of people," said lead study author Mark F. Lenzenweger, of Birmingham University.

"Without it, the way a child connects with other human beings can be severely impaired. And as I found out, it is this impairment that predicts the appearance of schizoid personality disorder symptoms in emerging adulthood and beyond," he added.

The relationships foster a willingness to engage with others, which is the psychological foundation of the human experience but for some PD sufferers, this willingness to connect with other people is markedly absent.

The study also suggests that the experience of a rich proximal process in early life foster the development of a strong affiliation system and healthier personality adjustment in adulthood.

The data was drawn from Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders (LSPD) study, which began in 1991.

The research is published in journal Development and Psychopathology.

Source: ANI

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