'Downer' genes can be offset by positive parenting

October 4, 2011

Scientists say that it appears children unlucky enough to get a "downer" personality gene can end up with sunnier outlooks when they are parented in a warm and positive manner.

So called "genetically susceptible" children who experienced unsupportive parenting showed fewer positive emotions in the three independent experiments comprising the study in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

Authors say the take home message is: Supportive parenting is an incredibly powerful tool for change in children.

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