Unsecured parents were less likely to talk to their children than wealthy ones

Unsecured parents were less likely to talk to their children than wealthy ones
Unsecured parents were less likely to talk to their children than wealthy ones
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Psychologists from the United States have found that if parents are experiencing financial difficulties, they are much less likely to communicate with their children than better-off fathers and mothers.

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The work was published in the journal Developmental Science. Psychologists from the University of California (USA) conducted an experiment involving 84 parents and their three-year-old children. In the first experiment, moms and dads who were experiencing financial difficulties thought more about them and paid less attention to their children, and talked with them less often.

In the second experiment, data on conversations with children were collected using special devices - they were carried by babies. They counted the words that the child hears and says.

It turned out that parents are less likely to communicate with their children at the end of the month, when they are waiting for wages and are faced with the maximum financial burden. Thus, the same parents spent different amounts of time talking with their children, depending on what period of the month this happened.

In addition, the researchers found that parents with financial difficulties become poorer in a descriptive way: they use less vocabulary than during periods of well-being. All this, of course, should be reflected in the further well-being of children - their emotional and mental development.

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