The saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world,” used to refer to the power a king’s mother wielded over the throne, but a new study proves that this old maxim still holds true for modern families. According to research by Columbia University and the London School of Economics, the degree to which parents promptly, generously and consistently respond to their infants and toddlers’ needs predicts a host of future social factors.
Kids poorly attached
The project examined data from 14,000 children and reviewed over 100 previous studies and arrived at two startling conclusions. First, poor parent-child attachment may be even more a cause of social problems than it is caused by social problems. Second, up to 40 percent of children in the U.S. — including children in suburban, middle-class households — are insecurely attached to their parents, leading to profound social and economic implications.
Researchers noted that insecurely attached children are more likely to exhibit greater language and behavioral deficits prior to entering school, compared to their more securely attached peers. The research shows that these foundational deficits due to insecure attachment continue throughout children’s lives, increasing the likelihood that they will experience poorer school outcomes, poorer economic prospects, be more likely to experience depression, addiction and delinquency, and lead less satisfying adult lives and relationships as well. The picture is even worse for insecurely attached children growing up in poverty, where insecure attachment before age 4 strongly predicted a failure to complete school and, in general, increased the likelihood that insecurely attached children would be stuck in a cycle of intergenerational poverty.
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