Parental Anxiety Can Pass On to Children

Study of parents who are twins finds that family environment may influence anxiety in children more than genetic factors.

When it comes to being a good mom or dad, there’s a fine line between good parenting and smothering your children by being overprotective.

A new study carried out at by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has concluded that such parenting can be bad for kids, as anxiety is “catching” and can be passed down.

As the study focused on on parents who were identical twins as well as non-identical twins, researchers were able to distinguish in the study between the influence on children’s anxiety as a result of genes as well as their environment growing up.

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