MALAMO, South Australia — Mental health issues can be related to a child’s emotional state and the ability to understand complex issues, according to a new study.
A new study by the University of South Australia’s Department of Psychology found that children with severe mental health problems were more likely to have a depressive episode, a chronic feeling of emptiness, and be unable to understand complicated concepts and arguments.
Professor of Psychology, Dr Peter Giesbrecht, said the research showed that the mental wellbeing of children was affected by the emotional state of the parent.
“When parents are not supportive of their child’s mental health, it can be difficult for children to learn, and to develop,” he said.
“They have difficulties with social skills and are often withdrawn.”
This can cause a disconnection from their peers and a lack of trust between parent and child.
“Dr Giesbelch said children’s emotional health can be affected by a number of factors, including the child’s upbringing, the child being bullied or teased, and the child having a problem with anxiety and depression.”
There are many reasons why a child may be more vulnerable to mental health and that is because they are more likely than other children to experience emotional distress in childhood,” he explained.”
Children with mental health conditions, including severe mental illness, are more vulnerable and their mental health may be affected.
“He said the findings from the study showed that children’s mental wellbeing was a critical part of the development of a child, and that they had to learn how to navigate life’s challenges.”
We need to understand how the mental environment affects the development and wellbeing of the child, so that we can address the causes of this,” Dr Giesbech said.