Infants’ Attachment to Parents May Predict Anxiety in Adolescence

The quality of parent-infant relationships can predict social anxiety in adolescence, according to a new study.

Infants who are not securely attached to their parents often grow up to be inhibited children who develop anxiety problems, especially social anxiety, as they get older, according to researchers at the University of Maryland, National Institute of Mental Health, and the University of Waterloo.

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents, with rates of about 5.5% among 13- to 18-year-olds, according to the study, which was published in Child Development, the journal of the Society for Research in Child Development

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