A research group have released survey results showing that children who receive positive attention and care from their parents have high incomes, high happiness levels, academic success, and a strong sense of morality.
These findings will be presented as a discussion paper at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI, a Japanese policy think tank).
Project Professor Nishimura's group aimed to discover the effects of parenting methods in Japan.
They obtained answers from 5000 women and men to questions and statements about their relationships with their parents during childhood, including statements such as "My parents trusted me," and "I felt like my family had no interest in me."
Using this data, they identified four key factors: (dis)interest, trust, rules, and independence, as well as "time spent together," and "experiences of being scolded." Based on their results, the research group divided parenting methods into the following 6 categories.
High or average levels of independence, high levels of trust, high levels of interest shown in child, large amount of time spent together
Low levels of independence, medium-to-high levels of trust, strict or fairly strict, medium-to-high levels of interest shown in child, many rules
High or average levels of trust, not strict at all, time spent together is average or longer than average
Low levels of interest shown in child, not strict at all, small amount of time spent together, few rules
Low levels of interest shown in child, low levels of independence, low levels of trust, strict
Average levels for all key factors
The results demonstrated that people who had experienced "supportive" child-rearing where parents paid them a lot of positive attention reported high salaries, academic success, and high levels of happiness.