More than half of U.S. parents say they feel isolated and lonely when they are children, according to a new study.
The report from the Child Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania was released this week and has been widely covered by news outlets.
It found that parents were significantly more likely to report feeling lonely, as well as feeling isolated and alone, than their peers, even when they were parents themselves.
It’s unclear whether the data is reflective of the real experiences of parents or of the media.
Researchers from the center said they were concerned about what the data might reflect, given that most of the respondents were not living with their children, and parents’ experiences with isolation are likely to be very different from their own.
But the data does not support the idea that lonely children are more likely than others to suffer mental health issues, the study found.
Instead, they are more vulnerable to social isolation.
It’s unclear why parents are more afraid of loneliness than other children, but the findings suggest that the pressures of parenting are often a significant factor in their experience.
The researchers interviewed parents and their children and asked about the frequency and severity of their isolation.
Parents who reported feeling isolated were less likely to say they felt lonely when their children were young.
Those who said they felt isolated were more likely in their adult life to have felt lonely.
For parents, the most common causes of isolation were being left behind by a parent or caregiver, being in a situation that caused them to feel isolated, and not being able to connect with others.
For kids, the report found, parents were most likely to feel isolation when they didn’t have a relationship with their peers and weren’t connected to other parents.
The study found that loneliness and isolation were equally prevalent among parents who experienced childhood sexual abuse.
In fact, they were more common among the parents of sexual abusers than among those of other types of abuse.
“We think that this is because abuse is so often perpetrated by parents, and it’s also common for young people to be left behind in relationships,” said the study’s co-author, Jennifer Regan.
“In some ways, this makes it much more likely that they will experience feelings of loneliness and to be vulnerable to loneliness, too,” she said.
“It may be that this type of abuse is very difficult to recover from.
And it may be important for parents to know that the problem is real, and that there is help for those who have experienced abuse.”
The Child Development center found that one in three parents who are abused also had a parent who had experienced childhood emotional abuse.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and other health organizations have called for parents and caregivers to talk to their children about being able “to be happy and connect with the world around them” and to find other family and friends.
The Child development center is a non-profit organization that helps parents create safe and nurturing homes for their children.
The group has a network of over 1,000 children’s therapists, support groups and other experts.
The Center for Child and Family Studies, a non‐profit organization, has been working with the Child development centers for decades.
Its researchers have researched the effects of childhood sexual and physical abuse and are developing a curriculum for parents, therapists and other professionals to help them create safe environments for their kids.