Dr. Shannon shares if a child’s mental health reflects problems with parenting.
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Childhood Psychological Disorder as a Result of Parenting Problems Does A Child’s Mental Health Reflect Problems With Parenting? Doctor Scott Shannon: No, I don’t think it does. What it means most of all is that you need to recognize the child is asking for help in some way and it’s your job as a parent to recognize that cry for help; that request for attention and somehow more consideration to what’s going on for them. And so, you can be the agent of change to make sure that those child’s needs, requests, their situation is being addressed. So, I feel it’s just totally based on this ecological model. It’s not appropriate for parents to take on blame in this situation because that ends up really I think undercutting parents in their emotional health. And really what I encourage parents to do is say “This isn’t working. We need to do something different and let’s examine the child’s life and find out the indicators for what can be done to make changes and help the child recover their health.”
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