Impulsive children raised in caring families drink less during adolescence
- June 22, 2016
- University of Montreal
- Years of research have shown that impulsivity in childhood is among the individual vulnerabilities leading to substance abuse, delinquency, as well as aggressive and antisocial behavior in adolescence and adulthood.
- Acting rapidly and without thinking are typical signs of child impulsivity. According to the researchers, this trait, traditionally viewed as negative, could turn into an advantage when combined with a caring family environment.
- Their review identified 14 studies investigating the role of family environment and child and adolescent temperament in the development of adolescent “externalizing problems.”
- These studies considered several family factors, including maternal and paternal parenting, parent-child relationship and marital conflict.