Luke Hyde

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Parents, take note: Less affectionate, harsh behaviour can make your kids anti-social

October 15, 2018

“Parents, take note. Your less affectionate and harsher behaviour towards your children can make them aggressive and anti-social, a new study has found.

The findings suggest that less parental warmth and more harshness in the home environment affect how aggressive children become and whether they lack empathy and a moral compass — a set of characteristics known as callous-unemotional (CU) traits.

‘The study convincingly shows that parenting — and not just genes — contributes to the development of risky callous-unemotional traits,’ said co-author Luke Hyde, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, US.”

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