New York: Higher education for adolescents not only improves their future but also helps their parents’ mental, emotional and physical health.
Christopher Dennison of the University of Buffalo says new data show that children of parents who fail to complete a university or college degree are more likely to show signs of poor health and depression. Similarly, higher education of children has beneficial effects on the mental and physical health of parents.
A survey, launched in 1994, has been continued and new data has been reviewed. It also notes the impact of higher education on more than one generation. Professor Christopher said that parents who did not have a son or daughter who did not reach university level themselves showed symptoms that indicate depression and poor health. The study is published in the Journal of Gerontology’s Social Science Journal. It seems that there is a strong link between low education of children and unhappiness of parents.
The study has already looked at data on 20,000 people, with parents between the ages of 30 and 60 and another 2,000 parents between the ages of 50 and 80. The study was conducted in 2015 and 2017. Although the discovery is made in an American context where there is social pressure on parents, it can be applied to Pakistan to some extent.
It says that our education affects our health while the education of the children themselves can also affect their parents. The survey also found that low-income parents have a positive effect on their children’s higher education. Parents of children who are left behind in education can also suffer from depression and other problems. This concern of the parents can affect their health.
Another aspect of this may be that educated children get good jobs and economic opportunities and thus their parents are living a calm and carefree life. The study urges parents to focus on their children’s education as it will be the best investment not only for their children but also for their own health.