Study: Overprotective Parents Slow Children’s Brain Growth and Increase Mental Illness

No child likes to be oppressed by domineering parents, and now we have scientific evidence that this “iron fist” style of parenting has damaging effects on a child’s brain development and psychological health. Scientist Nosuke Narita of Gunma University, Japan and a team of researchers scanned the brains of 50 people between the ages of 20 and 30, and had them complete a survey on the quality of relationships they had with their parents between the ages of 1 to 16.

The survey used in this study, which is an internationally recognized way to asses parent-child relationships and is called Parental Bonding Instrument, asks participants to rate how their parents raised them based on statements like “did not want me to grow up”, “tried to control everything I did” and “tried to make me feel dependent on her/him”.