Researchers at the University of Melbourne have found that child stress is reduced by strength based parenting.
Strength based parenting enables parents to deliberately identify and cultivate positive qualities and processes in their children. The findings published in the journal Psychology show that children regulate some stress by relying on their personal strengths.
When parents build up a child’s resources, the child is better able to cope with demands that would result in higher levels of stress. The researchers concluded that by building a child’s ability to deal with stress, parents help their children grow and develop.
“This style of parenting adds a ‘positive filter’ to the way a child reacts to stress. It also limits the likelihood of children using avoidance or aggressive coping responses,” said Lea Waters in a statement.