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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health

Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health

(p.169) 12 Parenting and Parents’ Mental Health
The Origins of Happiness

Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the character of the parents and how they relate to their child. It considers the emotional health, behavior, and intellectual development of children and the impacts the parents' behavior and mental illness have on these factors. Though the chapter is not comprehensive, it does offer a few conclusions for policy considerations. It reveals that a mother's mental health is critical for the happiness and behavior of her children. It deserves high policy priority, for the sake of both mother and child. Furthermore, aggressive parents produce badly behaved children, while involved parents can help children significantly, especially with their academic development.

Keywords:   parenting, mental health, aggressive parents, involved parents, genes, happiness

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