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Intrusive parenting is harmful to children, study shows

A new five-year study has found that putting extra pressure on your kids to work hard in school in pursuit of good grades may affect their health and could cause damage to them.

Intrusive parenting is harmful to children, study shows

This parenting style is known as intrusive or helicopter parenting and is characterized by "manipulative" parental behaviors and "psychological control," according to the book called Intrusive Parenting: How Psychological Control Affects Children and Adolescents.

Other studies done to examine maladaptive perfectionism often focus on college students and adolescents, but this study was completely focused on showing the link between intrusive parenting and self-criticalness among young primary school kids.

The study also revealed that intrusive parenting may leave a jarring mental and psychological scar.
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore found that kids with perfectionist or intrusive parents may be susceptible to anxiety and depression. They added that these kids develop a tendency to become highly self-critical.

Assistant Professor Ryan Hong, lead author of the study, says when parents intrude a lot in their children's lives, it may be a signal to the children that what they do is "never good enough."
Hong says it put pressure on the children not to make even the slightest mistake or blame herself or himself for being "not perfect."

According to Hong, this maladaptive perfectionism can affect the youngster's well-being because it increases the risk of developing symptoms of anxiety, depression and even suicide in severe cases.

For the study, Hong and his colleagues investigated two aspects of perfectionism in children: self-criticalness perfectionism and socially prescribed perfectionism, in which a person believes that others expect perfection from him or her.