07/02/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
US – A recent study suggests children whose mothers favored or rejected one child may be impacted long-term. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found damaging effects may continue into adulthood for children in this circumstance, with many suffering depression symptoms.
Karl Pillemer, a Cornell University gerontologist who authored the study, is quoted in the report as stating of the research in a university news release, “We have a powerful norm in our society that parents should treat kids equally, so favoritism can be something of a taboo topic… If counselors can help older parents and adult children bring some of these issues into the open, it may help prevent family conflict from arising.”
More information about the study may be available in the recent publication of the Journal of Marriage and Family.
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