Parents Base Child’s Happiness on Their own Feelings

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  • Parents base child’s happiness on their own feelings: According to a new research from Plymouth University recently published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, parents’ estimation of  their child’s happiness differs significantly from the child’s own assessment of their feelings. The research by psychologists indicates that parents of 10 and 11-year-olds consistently overestimate their child’s happiness, while those with 15 and 16-year-olds were inclined to underestimate. Children’s and adolescents’ happiness has gained considerable attention in recent research, however the potential problems of relying on parental report to assess children’s happiness have been overlooked. As the study lead researcher Dr Lopez Perez explains: “Studying informants’ discrepancies and the relationship between parents’ and children’s self-reports on happiness is vital to determine whether parental report is valid. Being unable to read children’s happiness appropriately may increase misunderstanding between parents and children/adolescents, which has been shown to have negative consequences for parent-child relationships. Furthermore, parents might not be able to provide the appropriate emotional support or attend to their children’s needs accurately.”
  • High-risk areas for Lyme disease are expanding: According to a new government study recently published in a CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the geographic areas with high risk of Lyme disease have grown dramatically. The report indicates that today there are 260 counties in 17 states where the number of Lyme disease cases is at least twice what’s expected,which is up from 130 a decade earlier.  As the lead author, Kiersten Kugeler of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explained: “The risk is expanding, in all directions. The entire state of Connecticut, where the illness was first identified in 1975, has been high-risk for decades. Now, high-risk zones encompass nearly all of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and more than half of Maine and Vermont. Other states that saw expansion of high-risk areas include Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York along the Eastern seaboard, and Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota in the Midwest.” Learn more about Lyme disease and how to protect yourself and your family.

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