Many children are likely to be anxious during periods of social transition because they often encountered high expectations, overprotection and other negative elements in their personal lives, according to a psychology expert.
Zheng Yi is a member of the Chinese Association for Children's Mental Health and chief director of Beijing Center for Children's Mental Health. The official made some remarks during a recent interview with Chengdu Economic Daily.
Zheng explained that many children aged between two and five have been overprotected as they were growing up and spoiled by their parents who often deprive them of their freedom to act on personal ideas. In addition, their abilities are highly prone to be overestimated.
All these negative factors have led children astray from seeking constant improvements or making necessary adjustments when they come to experience a new environment.
Meanwhile, school-age children become anxious over concerns for academic performance, interpersonal exchanges and personal stature.
Moreover, verbal violence and negative examples from parents have contributed to their children's anxiety as well.
Therefore, children should be guided to face up to difficulties and setbacks in their lives. At the same time, adults are urged to avoid overprotecting their kids and instead acting as inspirational role models for them.
(Source: people.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)