A parent is only as happy as their least happy adult child, according to a new study.
The study, led by Karen Fingerman of the University of Austin, was published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences earlier this month.
In an interview with the Star, Fingerman said previous studies had been done that showed that people’s health is affected by the close relationships they have with others.
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“We thought, ‘Well, we know that a general relationship quality seems to have an effect, but these aren’t just general relationships.
These are kids you’ve invested in for 25 years.’ And it might be that how they’re turning out is affecting your well-being,” she said.
Possible reasons for the parent’s distress include: empathizing with the child’s distress, feeling their parenting is to blame, excessive demands on the parent by the children, or strain in the parent-child relationship due to the child’s problems.