A new study found that the greater emotional control and problem-solving abilities a mother has, the less likely it is her children will develop behavioral problems.
The study, led by Brigham Young University professor Ali Crandall, collected data from 152 mothers with children between the ages of 3 and 7 years of age. The mothers ranged from 21 to 49 years old; 62 percent were married and nearly one-third had not earned more than a high school diploma.
The mother’s emotional control was measured through a questionnaire. They measured the mother’s cognitive control through a series of tasks.
Authors said mothers who work on improving their emotional and cognitive control should be able to reduce behavioral problems such and tantrums or fighting.
The study was published in the academic journal Family Relations. Click here to read it.