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Overprotective parents linked to heart problems

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Children with congenital heart disease are more at risk of developing heart focused anxiety as adults if they have overprotective parents, a Canadian study has suggested.

The research, in the International Journal of Behavioural Medicine, covered 192 people and found that adults with congenital heart disease were more likely to suffer from such anxiety if their parents had not allowed them to lead independent lives and improve their psychosocial adjustment.

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  • I think that there are plenty of disadvantages or "cons" towards over protective parenting or "mollycoddling" and I am glad that pathological evidence has been found. Perhaps parents will take this a bit more seriously now.

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