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Depressive Symptoms In Daughters Increased By Mothers’ Mental Games

November 25, 2008

Not surprising findings. Except that boys seem to manage manipulative mothers better?

A new study in the journal Family Relations examined the effects of a mother’s psychological control on the risk for depression of African American adolescents. Researchers found that girls whose mothers played mental games with them like making them feel guilty or withdrawing expressions of love reported much higher levels of depressive symptoms and lower levels of personal agency.

Psychological control did not affect the psychological well-being of boys.

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