Culture Post: New Study Reveals That Parents Are Concerned About Their Children’s Mental Health

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by Healthnews.

A new study by Pew Research Center revealed that parents are genuinely concerned with the mental health of their children. Between September 20 through October 2, 2022, Pew Research Center collected 3,757 U.S. parents with children under the age of 18.

The report states around four in 10 parents across the U.S. with children under the age of 18 are concerned for their children’s mental health. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, or other concerns, mental health ranks top among parents’ concerns over their children with 35 percent. This surpasses other concerns, including drugs and alcohol, teen pregnancy, and police intervention.

Around 40 percent of parents reported being extremely concerned with their children suffering from depression or anxiety. Approximately 36 percent of parents said they were somewhat concerned with their children’s mental health, and only 23 percent said they were not concerned.

The study also revealed that mothers are significantly more concerned for their children’s mental health compared to fathers. The numbers also vary by financial income and by race and ethnicity. Those on the lower tax bracket and Hispanic parents are overall more concerned about their children’s physical health, teen pregnancy, and drugs and alcohol.

Source: Healthnews

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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