feel a little guilty about being bad? Now, a new study out of Finland may make parents regret the guilt trips: Kids who were made to feel guilty exhibited "atypically high levels of distress and anger," even a day later.What parent hasn't tried to influence their kids' behavior by making them
A preliminary report from the Academy of Finland found that kids as young as 5 or 6 can tell when their parents are trying to manipulate them by using guilt. Both mothers and fathers used guilt to try to change their children's behavior, but the effect was more severe when dads did it.
For the study, which is slated to be published later this year in the Journal of Family Psychology, Kaisa Aunola and her team from University of Jyväskylä, Finland, focused on about 150 first graders, their parents, and their teachers. The participantsRead More »from Sending Your Kids On a Guilt Trip Can Cause Lasting Harm, Study Finds