Over-protective parents are linked to teenage depression

Teaching ''helicopter parents'' and ''tiger mums'' to control their emotions could be the key to preventing mental illness in their children, researchers say.

A team from Macquarie University has found treating parents of very shy girls as young as the age of three could help prevent them from developing depression and anxiety in their teenage years.

Director of the centre for emotional health at Macquarie, Ron Rapee, said major risks for severe shyness developing into anxiety or depression in later life appeared to be over-protection and over-involvement of parents, as well as harsh and critical parenting.

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