The researchers asked families a series of questions about dangers in their neighbourhoods. Based on the answers, the researchers scored the neighbourhoods according to their degree of danger.

To measure the aggressive behaviour of children, the researchers asked parents and children to complete a widely used child-behaviour checklist that captures behaviours such as screaming and threatening people.

In neighbourhoods that parents described as highly dangerous, the children exhibited higher levels of aggressive behaviour.

“This link held true across all nine countries studied based on parents' responses,” said lead author Ann T. Skinner, a researcher with Duke’s centre for child and family policy.

“In all the countries we studied, we see that living in a dangerous neighbourhood may affect kids negatively," Skinner added.

Researchers interviewed parents and children from 1,293 families in nine countries - China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand and US.

In all nine countries, when children reportedly lived in more dangerous neighbourhoods, harsh parenting practices were more common.


Latest News from Lifestyle News Desk