What is it about?

Neurotic parents tend to have more chaotic household, which in turn leads to more negative parenting in a long run. The good news is that parents' perspective taking breaks the vicious circle and functions as a protective factor in parenting to buffer the negative impact.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that both the parents' individual characteristics and the physical environment of the household affect parenting behaviors. Training in perspective taking could be helpful in parenting interventions.


I hope this article help family service professionals and policy makers to understand the complexity of the family system; and help parents and families to pause and reflect on their parenting in their busy routines and chaotic environments, especially during the turmoil time in a global pandemic.

Zhenlin Wang
The Education University of Hong Kong

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This page is a summary of: Parental neuroticism and negative discipline: The role of household chaos and parental perspective taking., Journal of Family Psychology, April 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/fam0000887.
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