Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids : Shots – Health News : NPR

Mental Health, Parenting

“Like other mental and physical health problems, anxiety can be inherited. And some children are more vulnerable because of the way their anxious parents “parent.”

Children whose parents struggle with anxiety are 2- to 7-times more likely to develop an anxiety disorder themselves, according to Golda Ginsburg, a psychologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who studies childhood anxiety.

That’s partly a result of how parents view the world. If they see it as a scary place, their children often do as well. Parents are a child’s role model for many behaviors, including anxiety, says Ginsburg. “So if a parent is showing anxiety, jumping up on a table when they see a mouse versus reacting calmly, we know children are more likely to develop fears similar to what their parents are showing.””

via Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids : Shots – Health News : NPR.

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