A report from the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting this week suggests that parents’ well-being is negatively impacted even when just one of their children experiences problems in their life.
The researchers defined “problems in their life” as health problems, drinking or drug abuse problems, divorce or other serious relationship issues or trouble with the law.
Having a successful child doesn’t counter-balance the impact of having a child with problems. However, those parents who had a successful child without problems did have better well-being than those who did not have such a child.
Read the full article: Parents Worry over Kids of All Ages
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Grohol, J. (2010). APA Brief: Problem Child Affects Parent’s Well-Being. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/08/13/apa-brief-problem-child-affects-parents-well-being/