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Mom’s Favoritism Linked to Depression in Adult Children | Being a Favorite Child Has Psychological Drawbacks | LiveScience

June 28

Even after kids move out, Mom’s favoritism still matters. When Mom repeatedly singles out one adult child more than another, whether for praise or a slap on the wrist, she’s unwittingly contributing to her offspring’s depression, research announced last week suggests.

“Perceived favoritism from one’s mother still matters to a child’s psychological well-being, even if they have been living for years outside the parental home and have started families of their own,” said study researcher Karl Pillemer, a Cornell University gerontologist. “It doesn’t matter whether you are the chosen child or not, the perception of unequal treatment has damaging effects for all siblings.”

Even Mom’s favorites take a hit.

via Mom’s Favoritism Linked to Depression in Adult Children | Being a Favorite Child Has Psychological Drawbacks | LiveScience.

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