Kids can be born into a world of growing up, but when they grow up, the results can be devastating.
They may never be able to escape the pressures of being a part of a society where they feel like they can’t make their own decisions.
A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that kids who grew up in a household where they felt they had no say in their own lives had significantly lower levels of self-confidence and emotional resilience.
They also struggled with emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships.
“These are all negative things, but the impact they have on a child’s emotional well-being and self-esteem is enormous,” study author Elizabeth Pappas, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, told ABC News.
Pappas conducted the study with her colleague, Jessica R. Mink, a research associate at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
It examined the impact of parental influence on children’s well-Being over the course of two years, which is the average length of time a child lives with parents.
Researchers found that, for children raised in a home with high levels of parental involvement, the impact on well-Feelings increased as their ages grew.
But as children’s levels of involvement with their parents increased, the children’s mental health decreased.
While this is not a perfect picture of what happens when children grow up in households where parents have a significant say in the way their children are raised, it is a good one to get a sense of how impactful parental influence can be.
“In the study, we found that when children grew up with parents who were actively involved in their children’s lives, they were less likely to be depressed, anxious or suicidal than children who grew out of the parental home with parents with no involvement at all,” Papps told ABC.
As parents in families where the influence was very strong, children also struggled to cope with stressors.
They had to learn how to cope in a non-traditional way that didn’t rely on their ability to take on their own emotions, said Pappis.
The study is the first to look at the impact that parenting styles have on children.
This research comes as the United States grapples with the effects of the opioid epidemic, which has seen the number of opioid-related deaths jump nearly 10,000 percent over the past year.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids have been used in more overdose deaths than any other drug.