How harsh parenting effects school performance

Every parent wants their child to succeed in school, but new research finds that how you parent may affect your kid’s chances of getting there.

Investigators followed more than one-thousand 7th-grade students for nine years. They found the kids who were parented harshly, meaning their parents yelled, hit, or threatened them, were more likely to engage in risky behaviors in 11th grade.

These behaviors included early sexual behavior in girls and stealing and hitting in boys. The students who had harsh parents were also more likely to drop out of high school or college later on.

Researchers say their findings could lead to intervention programs aimed at targeting children who grow up in harsh homes, with the goal of boosting graduation rates and reducing risky behaviors; and it could offer all students a better chance for success.