Low Empathy Among Preschoolers Linked To Behavioral Issues Later, Study Finds
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan. Researchers wanted to identify and understand the different types of early child problems, which tend to improve over time. However, in the event that they don't, it may be a red flag for parents. Such children might be more aggressive and violent as teens and adults.
"Little analysis had been done among preschoolers, who undergo rapid physical and psychological development, making this a difficult time for parents to manage behaviors and an important time to help children improve their behavior," said Rebecca Waller, a U-M psychology research fellow and the study's lead author, in a press statement. "Adults who are aggressive or violent have often shown early-starting behavior problems as young children. Thus, a focus on understanding the emergence and development of behavior problems before they become severe is important for creating new treatments that could help prevent children following a lifetime of violence or crime."
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