Researchers find out that good and warm relationship between parents and children have good effect on health in the longer life span.
In a recent study titled, Midlife Health and Parent-Child Relationships; researchers found out that a good and warm parent-child relationship could contribute to better health conditions of the child in adult life.
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In the study, Matthew A. Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, conducted an analysis of the data obtained from National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS). MIDUS conducted a survey in 1995 in which 2,746 respondents ages 25 to 75 recounted how they were treated by their parents in their childhood.
Andersson reached out to conduct another survey 10 years later in which 1,692 of the respondents from the original study took part. Andersson’s follow-up study made adjustments for the personal background recorded in 1995 and also accounted the probability of dropping out of the MIDUS study.
The study revealed that if the parents have a good and warm relationship with their children, it helps protect them against severe health conditions in their adult life.
The reason for that is that good and productive relationship with parents help establish healthy life routines. The good relationships helped make good eating, sleeping and activity based routines.
These routines continue in later life and help prevent onset of many diseases and health conditions. On the other hand, abusive or aggressive parent-child relationships strained the routine forming behavior and also affect the child’s health in later life.
Another anomaly found was that even if the parent-child relationship is good, it does not help lessen the adverse effects of disadvantageous socioeconomic background.
Andersson also found out that childhood abuse continued to destabilize any protection from disease linked to childhood socioeconomic advantage.
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The study was published recently in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.