Parents who are at home more often than not are the ones who can offer the most emotional support to their children, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The study, which was conducted with the help of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that parents who are home more than six hours per day had the most positive impact on their children’s wellbeing, including reducing the likelihood of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according the study.
“Home is the place where we’re at, so it’s very important for us to be able to provide support,” said Sarah Fenton, a UW-Madison doctoral student and lead author of the study, in a press release.
“The more of a bond we have with our kids, the more positive our childrens’ experiences are going to be.”
The study also found that those who are more emotionally engaged with their children are also more likely to report more positive experiences with them and are more likely than those who spend more time away to have fewer negative experiences.
The research team included UW-Milwaukee graduate student Elizabeth Burch, doctoral student Erin McCreary, and undergraduate researcher Jessica DeSouza.
The results of the research were published in the March 2017 issue of Psychological Science.